BeerBaboon (1964) - FINLAND - NOV 7, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
355ml bottle emptied into a 41cl snifter. Amber colour with almost no head at all. Little floaties inside the glass. Aroma of sweet malts, chocolate, caramel, vanilla and berries. Spicy and sweet in the mouth. Just a little bit of yeast. Caramel and vanilla.
MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: being as the rating guide indicates that "aroma is one of a beer’s most complex features," I wish I were better at rating an aroma, unfortunately, even with the appropriate glassware, I had tremendous difficulty getting any strong whaft whatsoever, only subtle sweet, it is as if this beer holds in its aroma in exchange for its wonderfully complex taste; Appearance: hazy, light brown bordering on tan, looks rather unfiltered, thin tan head on pour that quickly dissipates; Taste: just fantastic, right off the bat, it reminded me of the Chimay series, but I think this one has a better balance between the up front sweetness and the bitterness that lingers on the palate only after the swallow, also, it is easy to pull out the bready, more doughy actually, aspect that the malt gives it; Palate: as said, the bitterness lingers in a wondeful way, it hides and waits its turn, in no way getting in the way of the sweetness and maltiness that you get to enjoy with each swallow; Overall: this beer is wonderful, as my first beer from Founders, I must say I am absolutely impressed, after inspecting the ratings given to several other Founders offerings, I am eager to give this line of brews more attention, find a curmudgeon and share a draught of this fine beer with him!
rores1985 (9) - USA - NOV 4, 2010 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A beer of good quality, however not one to my personal taste. The sweetness is way too aggressive for me to the point that it would be hard for me to finish even just one glass.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. There, it sat virtually still in its opaque reddish glory, obscured by a number of floaties and raising a tiny head that dissipated almost immediately. The aroma is sweet with brown sugar, grade b maple syrup, and aged wood. The flavor follows suit, with an overpowering and complex sweetness that fades into a mildly bitter finish. The texture is sweet, viscous, almost syrupy, but the body is lighter than those notes imply, making it drinkable despite the high alcohol content. I’m not a great fan of old ales, but this is a great old ale.
Capa (2723) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark orange with a thin head. Aroma of dark ripe fruit, booze, sweet malts, light citrus, caramel malt. Full bodied. The alcohol burns the tongue as it goes down. Sweet caramel malt, deep, ripe fruit, light wood, and some bright fruit, too. Finishes with hot alcohol. While the booze is pretty intense the full flavor of this beer makes it really a great brew.
Brigadier (3535) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle
Like a true curmudgeon this sat stubbornly in the back of the fridge for the better part of a year. Finally while cleaning out old stock I decided to give it a shot. Once again Founders has done a great job with a style that would be all too easy to go over the top with. The result is an above average old ale that exemplifies many of the traits that set apart the best from those where people just went by the book.
Aroma / Appearance - Caramel / mahogany liquid oozed from the bottle into the glass like a river of warm syrup. A nice white head was like a sheet of icing over a rich decadent brownie. Chocolate brownies with heavy caramel glaze mingled with the smell of a fresh carton of hardcover books waiting to be shelved. There is enough depth and heaviness that the booziness is no surprise but it doesn’t overwhelm at all.
Flavor / Palate - Caramel chews, rich chocolate creme pie, and dried pine cones interact well. Next come figs and maple along with a heavy malt presence. Finally the dry finish warms the throat like standing near a fire on a cold winter day. Solid and well balanced this has everything you would expect to find in an old ale. If there were more of these in the cellar I wouldn’t be disappointed. Perhaps I will pick some up the next time it hits store shelves.
RFWobbly (10) - Buford, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow did I ever enjoy this ale! A thin head on top of one of the richest tastes of smokey caramel. At first I thought the flavor was sorghum due to the slight sweetness. Very thick on the pallet. It was like a liquid Snickers bar, with the same after taste as brandy. I would have guessed the alcohol was higher due to this. Beautiful tawny brown color with lots of suspended sediment. Definitely one to look up if you enjoy sweet brown ales.
BAMF (78) - Albion, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A slightly sediment amber with a very thin head. Aroma is of toffee not so much caramel with the ever slight smell of chocolate. Taste Toffee with jumping hop taste mixed with malt finishes with a hop spicy alcohol taste. Overall with a syrupy mouth feel it is a wonderful beer and Founder’s pumps out nothing but the best.
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sampled on tap, poured dark with tan head. Aroma is toasted biscuit malt with a little carmel and toffee but mainly roasty toasty. Taste is very bitter with a strong bitterness. Body is medium to full with a thick feel.
JDBaker11058 (1935) - Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2010
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Appearance: smooth, syrupy caramel pour, with a tiny head that vanished quickly. Aroma: booze, sweet caramel and white grapes, raisins and spices. Taste: very rich malts, sweet syrup, dark fruits, pine, minerals, and wood. Finish: sharp, slightly bitter, and very strong alchohol. Notes: Not one of my favorites. Very similar to a barleywine, one of my least favorite styles. Clearly very well-done version of an old ale, just not my type.