surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle, 2008 vintage. Pours cloudy pinkish amber with plenty of fine floaters and a splotchy yellow head that leaves spotty lace. Aroma is sweet, fruity (dates and apricots), with some brandy and bread. Flavor is sweet and malty with lots of fruity and some bready notes. While it tends sweet, this ale is pretty well balanced and almost a bit dry in the finish. Medium-full bodied and creamy smooth, with medium-low carbonation. Warming but not at all hot - this is damn drinkable on a winters eve. Very nice old ale.
SHANER4 (469) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle - Poured a deep copper color with small head.
Aroma - banana bread, yeasty and alcohol.
Flavor - Medium mouthfeel, yeasty and grainy.
Palate - average to light carbonation. Long strange aftertaste.
Overall - alright beer, silky smooth but aftertaste is strange.
dmac (3901) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle first purchased at EZ Liquors and then multiple 4packs from various stores since. Pours a clear reddish amber with a small light beige head. The aroma on this one is simply not to be missed....wet wood, coconut, light sherry background, vanilla, golden raisins, lots of earth. Flavor on this one had some slight barleywine hints with some caramel,vanilla and alcohol but then there was also the fresh hops and wood with a slight touch of coconut. Full bodied with strong carbonation and a slight touch of alcohol warming. This was one kick ass beer that I really really enjoyed.
bigrond (1460) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bonus points for high alc. Also very smooth. I enjoyed this brew and Founders is proving to be a great brewery
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like old ale style but lack of carbonation really limits this brew. Also it is a touch too sweet. I expected moe from Founders
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opaque tan-orange with a moderate white head. Nose has sweet vanilla and bourbon, but also a very odd creamy scent: earthy, clean, almost like mud after a rain or orange without any of the citric bite. Flavor is very similar, almost exact in fact, except even more passive. Watery palate, finish is moderate in bourbon. Overall unique but rather bland, I cannot understand what the intent was here, just really odd.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a hazy amber/copper with a dense light tan, thin head. Big aroma- vanilla sweetness is there with some dark fruit notes of plum, fig, sherry, maple, and a mild booziness. Big bodied, but never cloying. Chewy, big malt presence in the flavor. Plum, honey, dates, bitter dark fruit skins, spicy ethanol notes, but it is smooth in its booziness- almost rummy. The finish has residual toasted malt qualities along with a long resiny hop presence to dry out the initial big malt body. Despite its high gravity, it remains drinkable. This solid Old Ale may improve with time.
nearbeer (3602) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2008 12 oz. Cloudy copper with some small particulate matter. Small disc of foam persists and leaves a few spots of soapy lace. Mild aromas of spicy caramel apple. Tastes of dark-roasted nut, spiced apples, light cocoa, whiskey and oak. Normally this is a blend of flavors I would rave over, but the twangy apple flavor in this one misses the mark a bit for me. Near-medium body is lightly tingly and dryish.
Strykzone (4812) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Turdferguson. Cool looking beer that has the appearance of apple cider. It is opaque with some visible solids. Nose is faint but is yeast and spices that remind of Chrismas fragrances. Alcohol is a dominant theme in the flavor and this one is complex in old style way. Dark fruit, pepper spice, candi sugar, yeast, and attitude. There is just so much going on in there and drinking it puts me in an old Europe seaside pub. What a good and well crafted beer. Another winner from Founders.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m a sucker for old ales. I had backwoods bastard last night and this one has the bourbon tones but they are more subdued to allow for a complex mix of raisins, ginger, chocolate malts, vanilla, tangerine and mahogany. The alcohol somewhat diminishes the flavors but old ales should have some kick. The other factor is the hop quotient which adds a bitterness I don’t associate with this malty style.