Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at Teresa’s. Lustruous black body with a thin tan head. Redolent of dark chocolate, molasses, strong oakiness, caramel, vanilla, rum, and a hint of maple syrup. Flavor is smooth chocolate syrup and licorice, caramel and vanilla, slightly malty, somewhat fruity in the middle, with a bitter oak finish rounded out by a maple syrup sweetness. Palate was full and velvety, very sweet yet balanced. A fantastic beer.
tapthis (225) - Baytown, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
poors a very dark brown/black color with a good head and carbonation. very smooth mouthfeel with strong malt and bourbon presence. has tastes of caramel and molasses as well
alexsdad06 (8422) - Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was lucky to have this a couple times when it was released. Once from Party town into a growler and the other on tap at The Comet from combined notes. Pours an opaque dark brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have bi vanilla, bourbon, caramel, biscuity malts, molasses, dark fruits, maple, raisins, some alcohol, and it is sweet, but I enjoyed every drink of this when it was out and would love to see it show up as a Backstage release.
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my all-time favorite Founders beers, complex chocolatey velvety beer with notes of bourbon and a touch of smokiness. Roasty. Want it again...
QCBWarlock (44) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
madmitch76 (21191) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
19th February 2011
Opaque black beer. Tidy but short lived tan head. Slightly sour dark malts on the nose. Light smooth palate. Sweet dark malt. Traces of vanilla wood, bourbon and milk chocolate. All really well integrated. The wood gets stronger towards the semi dry finish. A lovely sweet barrel aged beer!
zdk (1854) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
tap at Barcade: yeasty cookie dough and biscuit. has a nice full body that gives the quality of warmth and fullness. Chewy and silky, packed with licorice and brown sugar. slightly resinous finish. damn tasty.
bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught 2010 vintage at Barcade. wow rich intense and drinking well though could easily last our even peak in a few years. Looks and drinks as a stout. Aroma is slightly lactic, light soy, a nice oxidized fortified wine element coming in, a bit of meat, and rich dark coffee roast. Flavor is very sweet, slightly cloying, with just enough bitterness which lasts with some burnt or tannin notes coming in. It is a bit harsh still on the palate. one hell of a beer.
jredmond (7228) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at barcade for the anniversary party. 2010 vintage. Pours a deep brownish black body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is sweet, sweet chocolate, molasses, and light smoke. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of sweet chocolate, slightly cloying, molasses, dark fruit, plum, black cherries, wood and very light smoke. Very nice just a touch too sweet for my personal preference. Still stellar.
jbardin (161) - New York, USA - OCT 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at barcade. I love it, wife mehs it. Lots of dark fruit, deep boozy flavors. Not the best such beer, but nice.
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Huhzubendah (3376) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Churchkey in D.C.
A: Dark brown at first. When held up to the light, the beer actually seems rather clear. Maybe a change of title is in order. There is a small head that leaves just a touch of lacing on the snifter.
S: Sweet malt, alcohol
T: This is decent beer, but I was pretty underwhelmed. Black Biscuit is a bit too sweet, and the alcohol is not only very present in the aroma, it is over-involved in the taste aspect as well. The body could be bigger and fuller, in my opinion. There is a sticky sweet quality to the beer that limits my enjoyment of this brew to one snifter.
M: Thinner than I expected, with an alcohol burn in the finish.
D: Overall, an OK beer. Perhaps the hype is derived from the rarity. I’m glad to have tried it.