Braudog (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - AUG 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Muddy brown, like dirty river water. The aroma goes with that description -- exceptionally sour and dirty. Wow, this has a strong flavor -- like furniture polish. Exceptionally malty, and bordering on the sour, this is for the accustomed palate only. (#3625, 8/2/2009)
deyholla (6954) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at MBG Summer Festival. Poured a reddish hazy amber with a light brown head. Aroma was sweet throughout with barley notes. Began with sweet malts but dark notes as well as alcohol grew throughout. Quite thick on the tongue,
slipy120 (81) - Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
The aroma is strong of grain and you can smell the alcohol (seeing as this beer is 9.8% ABV that is normal). The color is almost red and the when poured there is a very small head that disappears almost immediately. It is sweet with a bitter finish but not as bitter of a finish as in stouts. Overall good beer and another reason I am happy to have Founders in town.
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Founders. I love founders so its fitting that this is my 100 beer rating. Pours a dark orange color, almost brown. Aroma is very good I smell the alcohol, some barley, and some fruit hints. Taste sweet yet spicy. I’m feeling the alcohol in this one. It is very good.
jredmond (5621) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2010 Bottle. Pours a dark red body with slight haze and a ton of sediment. The aroma is malt, fruit, caramel. Mouthfeel is incredible and smooth with notes of malt and fruit (raisin and prune).
hayduke (3465) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 12 oz bottle this poured a very rich and dark amber with an off-white head and lots of lacing. Mouthfeel very slick and oily. Flavor is of sweet malt, ripe fruit, alcohol, and earthiness. Reminds me a lot of Old Stock from North Coast. A very nice brew.
tedovertu (283) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Heavy perfume resin hops mixed with a little butterscotch. Also taste a little bourbon. Small fizzy off white head that has virtually no lacing. Medium amber body. Slightly bitter with a little sour milk in the finish. Extremely long duration. Full bodied with an oily texture. Lightly astringent with soft carbonation.
decaturstevo (5213) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hazed deep amber pour. Dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel malt, and a hint of abv. Sweet malt, dried fruit, abv, and a good bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle served in a tulip glass. Pour was a hazy brown with rusty highlights. The head was thin and white, which dissipated rather quickly, and left a small amount of lacing. Nose is malt, yeast, bread, barely, dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste is malt, earth, yeast, and plums with a slight hop bitter in the wet finish. This is a very delicious beer, especially if you are a connoisseur of big/heavy dark beers. This has all the wonderful characteristics of those styles, yet doesn’t weigh you down quite as much. This would be a great compromise for the warmer months, provided it wasn’t too hot outside.
csbosox (1224) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a nice beer. Although it says this version wasn’t barrel aged, I’d almost swear some wood was used somewhere along the way. There are some nice tannins and a woodsy flavor that offset the thick malt bill. Possibly one of the easiest drinking 9.8% beers, even though it punishes you along the way with the alcohol and the tannic/bitter nature. I’ll pick up another 4 pack of this.