cbfobes (2880) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours like an Amber. Smell is faint, but maybe a malt/whiskey type. Flavor tastes like malt and strong alcohol content...yet enjoyable. Definitely warms the insides.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper brown with a fizzy white head. Sweet malty toffee and vanilla aroma and taste with some fruity candy sugar notes to the finish.
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft. This was a very thick beer with a high alcohol content. I enjoyed it very much while sipping it for a long time. I had to throw back the last 1/4 of the pint and it was a little rough. Another flavorful beer from Founders.
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Beertemple. Dark orange brownish pour, medium off white head.
Aroma is fruity, whisky, sugar, overall quite sweet.
Flavour is liquorice bitterness, coffee, mokka, caramel, quite sweet overall.
Lingering slowly to some bitterness and back to sweet. Nice but too sweet for me.
mixmasterob (1044) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2012 Bottle. Poured a clear reddish orange with no head although some lace was left behind. Aroma was of a lot of malts, some caramel, maybe some acidulated? Subtle sweet aroma from the malts, some fruit (raisins?), and some heat from the alcohol. Light carbonation led to a a full and oily mouthfeel. Nice finish, an extremely smooth and lasting bitterness. This seemed like a mellowed out barley wine to me, very nice indeed. The near 10% alcohol fooled me. Not my favorite style but I enjoyed this one.
Update: This has become one of my all time favorite beers. Itís delicate and robust at the same time. So smooth itís not fair. One of the best crafted ales I have come across since I began this journey. Top shelf.
Yes, this is my favorite beer.
Frank (3892) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is something of an English barleywine, Iíd say, though it has a striking spice presence despite the fact that I donít believe any spices were added. It look plain in the glass, orange in color w/ a slight haze and a small head. The nose begins w/ an unfortunate metallic note which covers to some extent an overall very interesting cotton candy and cinnamon spice note. The taste, though, is quite lovely, sweet and fruity, complex and again w/ many warm spice notes. Itís just a little sticky on the palate which suits the style in the case w/ mild carbonation an djust a hint of alcohol burn. That whiff of metal up front is a real downer. Otherwise, this beer would be a winner through and through. Instead, it is just a nice strong ale.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUL 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful reddish copper body with a small off-white head that leaves great lace. The aroma is beautiful with malty sweetness, some biscuit bread action, and some dark sweet fruits. The flavor is the same, and very good. A bit spicier and almost a bit of a pumpkin character. Great medium to full body on the palate with soft carbonation. Overall: a very solid interesting and well done beer. The alcohol has a definite presence, but it isnít bad. The warming quality is quite nice.
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
thick & malty. sweet caramel, light grape notes. nothing overly complex or challenging. enjoyed.
wmubronco1992 (692) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Pours a dark amber. Very minimal white head. Strong spicy aroma of cloves. Sweet malty caramel flavor with strong alcohol notes in the background. Very smooth and drinkable. Medium palate. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. A strong offering from Founders
djredpop (101) - Downriver, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Fruity esters and alcohol / extract. App: Clear tarnished penny with short-lived cream-colored head. Taste: Caramel, raisins, figs, yeast, alcohol, and something like whiskey / bourbon. Low carbonation. Flat, oily mouthfeel. Medium-heavy body. Sweet alcoholic finish. Warms the innards. Not my favorite style, but a good example of the type. Iíll bet itís wonderful in January.