tmgiddings (41) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Crown Liquors #6 - Pours brown with a finger-thick, tight, off-white head. Aroma is barley, banana, herb, and maybe a hint of basement? Taste is banana, clove, thyme, barley, and tea. Mouthfeel is creamy and slightly warm.
RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2010 March 2010 vintage, tasted May 14, 2010
Consumed unaged. Pours a vibrant red with a decent head, fading to runny but bubbly lacing. Aroma is intense, but hard to pin down. There’s a earthy element, oakiness, an alcohol note that smells like rum. That first sip is a little rough, intense alcohol burn right up front, sweet, with a finish that tends towards mildly hoppy. Lots of alcohol burn on the way down. This says it’s only 9.8%, but it drinks like a 15%. The alcohol is so intense it crowds out the other, subtler elements.
7/5/6/3/10 - 3.1
March 2009 vintage, consumed November 6, 2010
Right off the bat the aroma is potent but way more pleasant than my notes from May would inform me. Pours a deep, ruby caramel with a moderate head and super-fine, sort of foamy, moderate lacing. Dark fruits, toffee, caramel, treacle, port, all sorts of amazing aromas, and little to no fusel tones. The palate fares a lot better too, rich malt backed up by significant hop bittering but very smooth, with creamy mouthfeel and noticeable carbonation. There is still a lot of alcohol bite on the palate, which disappoints me for a beer that’s been aging for so long and is under 10%.
9/5/7/4/14 - 3.9
My score for this is based off the average the ’fresh’ and ’aged’ scores (the official A/A/T/P reflects the higher of the two, with the Overall being modified to meet that middle point). I expect a lot from a brewery with such a solid roster of beer and reputation as Founder’s. I consider the fresh version of this to be really rough to drink, and that’s unfortunate because with some age, it’s a really interesting brew. If a beer isn’t enjoyable right off the bat, they should either pre-age it longer or recommend some aging guidelines on the bottle. I know my Dieu du Ciel Rigor Mortis Abt recommended cellaring for at least six months before consumption, so if I were to pop that one open fresh and be disappointed I’d have no one to blame but myself.
Maverick34 (2848) - New York, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught from R&H. Poured a brownish with litttle head. Dark sweet wood. Alcohol was noticeable.
cracklefish (108) - Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy deep reddish pour, almost rust. Minimal white head. Aroma is sweet malt , notes of whisky alcohol and wood. Flavor opens with sweet toasted malt, moves into a tannic leathery character and ends spicy with some alcohol. The beer is sticky malt with low carbonation and plenty of alcohol warmth. Delicious.
brigg (589) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) A hazy-red, bubbling body with a small tan head. The aroma is rich and sweet with malt; strong alcohol and notes of fruit. Flavor is strong and alcohol and sweet malt; notes of caramel, vanilla, bourbon and wood. Body is full and soft with carbonation.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ TacoMac, John’s Creek. $9.00, 10oz pour. Medium brown-reddish color. Rocky light tan head. Aroma of mixed berry, spruce, and caramelized praline nuts. Flavor has a vanilla, bold malt. Finishes with a pine bitterness. Lots of dark fruits in the finish. Bold hop, sticky malt. Sexy lace left on the glass. Oak aromas come through as it warms.
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 355ml. Bottled 02/24/09. It pours an amber beer with a small head. Sediments floating. Dried mushroom (boletus)- what I sometimes put in my risotto and a lot of caramel in the nose. Sticky spotty lace. Fennel sneaking in. Full bodied, sweet and nutty. Overrated in my opinion.
SudsMcDuff (7659) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark orange .. strong medium foam .. . pretty sweet for an old ale, light fruit, raisin, caramel and a fruit salad from mars flavours .. . nice stuff, i would love to try this on tap.. . the man on the label depresses me .. . Stan, poke your grandma!
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber-brown topped by a thin ring of foam. Toasty, caramel malt aroma with some underlying fruits and grape skins. Sweet malts, raisins, and an earthy hop bitterness. Not bad.
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep orange, brown haze with a thin soapy white head. Has an aroma of vanilla and dark fruit. Has a taste of licorice and dark fruit. Has a nice malty backbone. Pretty well balanced. Not too sweet. Could probably use a bit more hops, could use some more bitter. Bitter is very subtle. Alcohol comes through. My first stab at an old ale. Has a barleywine feel, but is less sweet and more dry.