edwardbass (789) - Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice malt, sweet, barrel aged aroma. Very malt sweet taste with a hint of wood and the alcohol taste is obvious. That kind of turns me of a bit. Not one of my favorites from Founders, but this is still tasty ale.
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with xmarcnolanx. Poured a cloudy light amber/orange body that was almost still, yet had very good legs. Aromas ov VERY dark/ripe fruits, alcohol, malty sweetness and more alcohol. Flavors of medium malt sweetness, dark fruits, alcohol, toffee and a light hop finish. Soft carbonation and a thin to medium mouthfeel. a bit thinner than expected. I love the complex malts and depth of this one.
HonusWagner (2093) - Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I think the unpleasant taste of the Hopzilla mitigated my enjoyment of this beer. I am hedging between previous tastes of this beer and the one Iím drinking now, because I doubt this beer has a notably spicy finish.
DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smells of bourbon, corn syrup and fermented bananas with undertones of a wet dog. Itís a little hazy and reddish-copper in color. Taste is of alcohol and a bit of coconut. Starts sweet and ends bitter. Very bourbon-ish. Not a huge fan.
matthewjk (1069) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A highly malted and sweet ale that I enjoyed. My preference would be to reduce the sweetness, but thatís what you get with this one. Very close to being a barley wine style that Iím not usually happy with, but this was enjoyable. Probably because Founders is so good at what they do.
gpekar (493) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy, rich, dark, orange amber with some bits of sediment suspended in the beer. There was a tall beige head at first, but it reduced to about 1/2" rather quickly and just a film eventually. There was a good caramel/toffee sweet aroma and just a hint of chocolate. The beer had a thick creamy texture with a good toffee flavor and a nice alcohol warmth upfront. The alcohol and hops leave a bit of a bite and the warmth lasts well into the finish. There is a nice bit of a bourbon flavor as well that comes through. Excellent beer!!!!!!!
yngwie (16503) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. It pours a nice-looking pale copper color and a small, off-white head. Malty sweetness, caramel, some cloves and alcohol, and thereís also a vanilla and woody touch of bourbon. Full-bodied, warming and pleasantly carbonated. The flavor has a distinct bourbon touch, with bread, caramel, quite a lot of sweetness, some raisins, a fine resiny bitterness, alcohol warmth, even more sweetness and a bitterness taking you towards the end. Sweet, slightly bitter finish. Overall, too sweet, but really lovely anyway. A bit heavy on the alcohol too, but definitely lovely. 101009
Geokkjer (7331) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 9, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle.Pours chestnut with a small off-white head.Aroma of bread,rye,vanilla ,oak , alcohol and grains.Flavor is sweet and malty ,warming alcohol , firm bitterness and some nice oaky vanilla and tannins.Full body, soft carbonation.Very nice, complex and flavorful beer.
gunnar (7873) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam. Pours hazy red amber with a small fast diminishing beige head. Toffee and raisins aroma, not sweet but complex also some leather. Taste is dark malts with a moderate sweetness, chocolate and light roasted nuts. Almost chemical end, with a strong alcohol presence. I am perhaps too young to appreciate this beer.....
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Aromas of caramel and nuts, with alcohol. Appearance is dark reddish gold and a mall off white head. Taste is malty, caramel, and alcohol. Palate is thick, but good. Overall, not a bad version of the old ale style.