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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Barrel aged cross between an Old Ale and a Baltic Porter. Brewed with a lot of biscuit malt and molasses.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ericcassidy (38) - Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2010
wow - thick, rich and chocolatey. It reminds me of brownie batter with a little bit of smoke or soy sauce. Love it!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (4369) - Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2011
Had on tap at the armsby abbey stoutfest, malty sweetness shines, tastes oaked, vanilla, palate is much more complex than the nose, licorice, anisette

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
markwise (4601) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2010 Growler from the man himself. Pours dark cola brown with a minimal tan khaki head. Nose is booze, vanilla, chocolate, raisin, malt, maple candy, sugar, and love. Flavor is maple, oak, vanilla, chocolate, raisin, malt, maple candy, booze, brown sugar, and an incredible amount of depth. Flavor and aroma are very complex, very sweet, and very enticing. This is an incredible beer. My favorite old ale combined with the CBS treatment. Incredible. I would drink the dregs of a keg or growler. Finishes sweetly but balanced. A definitive maple old ale. Awesome: practically perfect in every way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Sampled on draft tonight at Capone’s. Pours pitch black and completely opaque with only the slightest of dark mahogany edges when held to a light source and a one finger frothy chocolate beige head that quickly fades into a lasting ring that coats the glass with sheets of lacing. Complex aroma with a lot of different scents bouncing off of one another. Lots of sweetness from the barrel, especially heavy bourbon, oak and vanilla along with some sweet maple syrup notes. Underneath there is a strong chocolate malt presence that is only slightly roasty with hints of coffee/espresso bean, caramel, toffee and licorice. More sweet alcohol and subtle bitter hops towards the end of the nose. This beer smells amazing. Chewy medium body that is pleasantly viscous with a lot of sweet chocolate maltiness, lactic cream, toffee and subtle hops. This beer is only slightly roasty which is a welcome change to many of the beers in this style that I’ve had recently. Extremely smooth but still very complex. The bourbon is prominent but this beer is not hot at all. The prominent bourbon character ads tremendous flavor without killing or overpowering the other flavors. There is still plenty of silky chocolate, subtle licorice and hops, toffee, vanilla, sweet maple syrup and roasted coffee. There is a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish which was unexpected and added to the complexity of this amazing beers. I really can’t get over how well balanced and smooth this beer drinks. The ABV is excellently masked and the only alcohol notes are from the bourbon which is subtle. All of the flavors are well integrated and none of the characteristics are overpowering. This beer is excellent and I could not recommend it any higher.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2010
On tap @ Chappy’s 2/11/10.Black pour with a good beige head.Aroma was bourbon,roasted malt,chocolate,with some vanilla hints.Taste was maple/molasses and bourbon with the roasted malt coming through along with some raisin(y) hints.Very smooth and sweet but very drinkable.Loved it,wish Founders would bottle this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reynolds314 (2706) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Had this on Draft at Armsby Abbey stoutfest. Listed as an old ale and not a stout, but it kind of walks the line between the two styles. This was the surprise of the event. I absolutely love this beer. A nice maple sweetness in the background with light roasted notes perfectly balanced and amazingly thick and creamy. One of the best beers ive ever had. A+ founders.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
QCBWarlock (44) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2013
I had this beer on 2 separate occasions at South Philly Tap Room back in 2011. The forst time it was referred to as a Imperial Maple Porter. It was unfuckingbelievable. It was a one-off, so I never thought I’d enjoy it again. I luckily stumbled back in on the right day and got to enjoy it again. This time it was called an Old Ale. It was even better the second time. Still to this day it is by far my favorite beer from Founders. I really wish they would brew it again, and again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2010
@ Founders. This is a great impy stout. There is a feel and flavor totally unique to me. An irish cream alcohol content and creamy feel really rounds this feel off really well. This one is just a great overall drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2010
On tap at South Park Tavern, Dayton, Oh, you guys rock. Almost black, reddish mahogany hue around the edges, wispy tan head. Aroma - maple, vanilla, oak, chocolate, smoke. Flavor is heavy with chocolate and coffee, maple syrup and smokiness lurking. Big but smooth, alcohol well hidden, sweet overall, but not annoyingly so. EXCELLENT!!!!!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nickd717 (3600) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Some time, when the team is up against it, when things are wrong and the breaks are beating the boys, ask them to go in there with all they’ve got and win just one for the Ticker. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the Seventeenth of July, and we will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from tick deprivation. We are fighting for our right to tick. Should we win today, the Seventeenth of July will be known as the day the tickers of the world declared in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night! We will not go thirsty without a fight! We’re going to tick on! That beer is going to survive to be ticked!" Aye, tick and your BeerAdvocate dignity may die. Don’t tick, and it’ll live... at least for a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade ALL the beers, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take... OUR TWO OUNCES TO FREEDOM! Growler thanks to a very, very generous BA whose name I’ll leave out of this review to avoid controversy. He came through with a HUGE assist though - this guy is pretty much the Steve Nash of beer ticking. The 36 hour old growler pours clear darkest brown in color with some tannish bubbles that leave a bubbly ring and some swirls. Excellent aroma. Smells like a great old ale with a little impy stout mixed in. A lot of barrel and maple. Some bourbon or cognac. Sweet toffeeish malt and vanilla. Amazing flavor. Very sweet in a good way. The -bal aging is strong with this one. Lots of oak, vanilla, and maple. Great caramel, toffee, and milk chocolate malt base. I’m even getting some rye, although I don’t know if there’s actually rye in there. Oh yeah, also delicious rarity. Man, I love that taste. Extremely smooth on the mouthfeel with medium-full body and low carbonation. Very, very drinkable for a rich -bal aged old ale. Lives up to the hype. Tick this beer if you can.

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