nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. Mahogany colored pour with a thin and sticky yellowish head. Hugely malty aroma of caramel, toffee, honey, with oak and vanilla prevalent also. Spiced backdrop, apple pie, faint resiny hops. I think they could have called this a scotch ale just as easily as an old ale. The flavor isn’t as nice as the aroma - woody, vanilla, caramel. Alcohol is very well hidden, long bitter and burnt sugar like finish. Barely there sweetness. Seltzer like bubbles, medium bodied. Really close to being excellent, but still very good.
hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a nice reddish brown, with minimal head that sticks around for what little there is, and leaves just a bit of lacing. smells of spicy candied sugar with light notes of wood and just barely a hint of piney hops with cotton candy malt/hops combo. a very small whiff of alcohol, as well. tastes way "smoother" than i expected. the malt is considerably more subdued, with the woody notes coming out a bit more, and maybe a smoky note, and tiny little berry esters that wanted to be there in the smell (see: cotton candy), but couldn’t find the room. the hops seem a bit grassier in the taste, and are more prevalent. finishes lightly bittersweet; sort of like a belgian strong dark on the palate, instead of an old ale or barleywine. even a touch dry. fully creamy yet oily (does that make sense?) mouthfeel. i like it. lightly carbonated. the body makes up most of the mouthfeel, but there is a light bubbliness lingering there somewhere. pretty damn good. a bit less sweet and more drinkable than old ales that i’m used to. not necessarily the brew you’d like to drink while sitting at a fireplace smoking a cigar. very tasty, though!
yespr (30747) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy brown with a fully gone head. Mild spiced and hoppy aroma. Sweet caramel malty flavoured with a light bitterness coming through. Mild caramel note. Lingering hoppy and caramel malty, dense, into the finish.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours a copper/amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of malt, caramel, vanilla, bitter fruit, and a very strong alcohol presence. Taste is malt, caramel, raisins, vanilla, all soaked in a nice woody bourbon flavor. Lingering caramel taste. Nice warming booze feel. Couple more of these brews and I’d wake up naked on the front lawn again. Surprisingly drinkable, despite the booziness. This is the perfect beer for a cold winter night or a bitter divorce.
thornecb (4309) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep, clear copper into a snifter. Head quickly recedes to hug rim. Bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol aromas. Upfront full, syrupy oak turning boozy bourbon in the lasting finish.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky reddish orange with a creamy off-white head that lingers as a thin cap for quite a while and leaves good lacing.
The aroma is heavy on sweet caramel malts and dark sweet fruits. There is definitely a wood and bourbon presence but not overpowering. There are some floral hops up front as well.
The taste is boozier than the aroma with lots of bourbon and oak throughout. The flavor has the sweetness of the caramel malts and molasses but it takes a back seat to the barrel character.
The mouthfeel is crazy smooth but with good carbonation. Just coats the mouth wonderfully.
This is an interesting old ale and I think it would have been even better for me without the overpowering barrel presence in the taste. Nonetheless, a good sipper.
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice copper with a decent beige. Strong bourbon, alcohol and rum notes with some raisin and twizzler notes. The taste is extremely oaky with lots of alcohol and bourbon. Nice sweet vanilla and caramel notes with subtle hints of chocolate and dark fruits. Pretty good, but way way way too heavy on the oak.
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear pale amber colour with no head to speak of. The nose is of root extracts, corn syrup, lager yeast, cola, vanilla, wood and burboun, though it is highly muted in respect to all these nuances. The flavour is oddly vegetal, but the finish is laden with wod, vanilla, burboun and corn syrup. The predominant flavour is corn syrup. The palate is smooth but thin. For a beer I’ve been itching to try, this was a colosal let down.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber/red with a faint white head. Syrupy palate, viscous body. Caramel up front, a bit worty, lots of excess alcohol showing. Fruity finish with a lingering hint of bourbon and toffee.
BMan1113VR (7834) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2012 Bottle thanks to TURDFERGUSON. Labeled at 9.8% ABV so I am assuming it is the Bourbon Barrel version or something recent. Pours with a light brown head and a slightly hazed, pretty reddish amber body. Head fades to a ring after a while and leaves pretty good lacing. Aroma is alcohol (Brandy with notes of vanilla and bourbon), with tons of caramel and a bit of fruit behind the alcohol burn from my snifter. Tastes is alcohol and a bit of bitter butterscotch, with a touch of dirt or cobwebs, some fruits, and raisins. Alcohol is not well hidden at all (but that is okay by me). Creamy mouthfeel and light carbonation. Another good Founder’s Beer.
Re-rate: Bottle marked 4/6/12. Pours with a murky amber hued body with a lasting off-white head. Decent lace. Aromas show a bit of raw popcorn, toasted malt and caramel (no bourbon, which was quite evident the last time I tried it). Cereal grain, toffee, malty, chewy, cornbread, clean and complex malt character. Flavors are of cornbread, buttery biscuit, burn bread. Nice toasted malt character, a decent amount of caramel without being too sweet. Very light esters (mostly dried fruits). Malt character is strongly toasty and dry with a somewhat light hop bitterness, slightly soapy in character. Becomes a bit hard to drink as it warms as the bitterness comes out a bit. Light chlorine. Fuller body, very viscous mouthfeel, sweet, fuller alcohol, still finishes dry with a grainy balance.