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 (1779) - 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....
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a transparent brown with little head. nice aroma has some alcohol in it. very smooth beer. hides the alcohol quite well. founders creamy toffee taste. another great one from founders.
SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 19, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. a clear reddish beer with a small white head. raisiny-rich, prune, honey, malty aroma. aroma is similar to a doppelbock. reminds me of korbinian. flavors are mainly dark fruits, a bit of licorice-like spices. pretty simple, but effective. the palate is very smooth as the com description suggests and is one of itís best qualities. juicy and fruity.
saxo (16377) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are sweet malt, caramel, tar, wood and hops.
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
From Voldby, DK.
Amber with white head. Aroma and flavor sour of oak, wood and tannins. Not well balanced
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
amber pour with a thin white head.
aroma is fruity, caramel malt. some spicy hop.
vanilla and boozy bourbon in the flavour. some brown sugar and toffee.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at home thanks to Jeppe.
Amber brown with a thin beige film. Big cheesey malt and bourbon are the order of the day. Huge booze, far too rich, some cardboard and just generally over the top and a complete mess. Iíve really enjoyed all the other Founders beers Iíve had as far as I can remember but this one is just awful. No finesse, no class just a big sugary sledgehammer that I really donít care for.
SM_Jenkins (48) - Missouri, USA - FEB 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bourbon on the nose and tongue; broke open an 18 month old bottle and itís really mellowed, not sure if that affects the review; boozy with a touch of vanilla cola