rajendra82 (1030) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The rust colored body was clear, quite still, and was topped by a small layer of bubbles. The smell was bready and honey sweet, with a late spicy flourish. The taste was very sweet as expected, with the flavors evoking hard candy, pears, and maple syrup. Very rich on the tongue due to the high sugar content. Alcohol was not as evident as I was anticipating. Not much hop presence. The sweetness pretty much overpowered all other senses and drove down the drinkability a bit.
smith4498 (3456) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a trade with phaleslu. Pours cloudy dark caramel color with khaki head. Aromas of molasses, caramel and dark fruits. Moderately sweet caramel flavor with some toasted malts, vanilla and a little alcohol coming through. Chewy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Thanks Peter.
kromamc (191) - ITALY - MAR 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
buonissima... rosso scuro schiuma a grana fine..... al naso note vinose tipo porto molto leggere malto caramellato delicato frutta secca luppolo floreale soave... corpo perfetto morbida avvolgente rotonda... bonaa
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottled 2/14/09. A year old and itís the first Founders Iíve seen with a twist-off cap, as they are new here in Georgia. Pours amber/copper/brown with a very small off-white head that maintains only a ring on the ege. Laves some spots of lacing. Looks like a barleywine. Aroma is sugary sweet, caramel malts, spiced, vanilla, dark fruits, some bread and yeast, along with a healthy dose of alcohol. Alcohol is better hidden in the flavor that starts with sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, a lot of brown sugar, vanilla, a touch of fruit, bread, chocolate and spice. Mouthfeel is full and silky, low to medium carbonation, more carbonation than a typical barleywine. This is very good, I want to age some but the twist offs make me leary.
rosenbergh (9823) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 ml bottle. From KÝbenhavn, Denmark.
Light amber colour with tiny white head.
Yeast, fruits, biscuit and caramel in aroma.
Yeast, bitter hops, biscuit and some alcohol in flavour.
CheersMate (1335) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Hop City in Atlanta, GA. I wasnít able to produce much of a head on this thin, even when I agitated it heavily. Head sits around the top circumference of the beer. Translucent, nearly opaque, brown color with an orange hue. Iím not really keen on judging the old ales, so donít consider this a judging according to the style. Hmmm...I could swear that I smell vanilla and sugar in this. There might be a subtle syrup aroma in there as well. Smells reminiscent of the Nemesis, in my opinion of course, just not so boozy. I am liking the aroma though. A light bitter aroma penetrates the nostrils, but not in an intrusive way i.e. a light bitter aroma. Wow, a nice sweet caramel finish. Honestly, I can taste the caramel candy flavor. What the fuck are those caramel chews called? Well, whatever they are called I definitely taste them. Nice sweet sugar and vanilla aroma. Slight bitterness carries through. Alcohol is a bit hot in this one, considering other beers with higher ABVs have hidden the alcohol better than this. Very smooth palate; dare I say "dangerously smooth." Sweetness seems to be diminishing as the beer warms. As it warms the alcohol and hops are taking over. I donít like this afore mentioned factor at all. Overall, solid brew, and I am glad to have tried it. It DEFINITELY has its moments where I am thinking it is fucking delicious, and other moments where I am thinking this is not that special.
Swilson2 (15) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really do like this beer. One of my two favorite styles. This beer improves with age. Iíve had after a year and the flavors are really starting to get complex.
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a ruby red color, grainy, with very little to no head. The nose recalls caramel malt, molasses, light dried fruit, and just a touch of alcohol. The palate is warm and inviting, slick and smooth. The taste is mostly sweet, with just a touch of bitterness in the finish. This beer increases in enjoyment as it warms. A true sipper.
zizzybalubba (1755) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Thick, brownish-orange pour with virtually no head. Aroma of vanilla, apricots, tangerines, pineapple, and oak. The taste is much more bourbon forward (vanilla and oak) than the fruity aromas would lead you to believe. There is some alcohol warming. This is really fantastic stuff.
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Founders is on it again!!What a cool brew this is..barleywine-esque with the rasin/prune notes with tons of hops and dried fuit on the palate.This beast is just a tiny notch under the best beers Iíve tried this year.Cool brew that makes me realize why some people say Founders is the best brewery in the US....