notalush (4449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2006 bottled acquired in trade from TAR (thanks, Jeff!) - dark burgundy color, with foamy, lasting white lace - the nose is dominated by bourbon and wood, with some background old ale qualities of fig, brown sugar, roasted nuts and chocolate that struggle to make their presence known - vanilla and oak appear first in the flavor, followed by a very strong bourbon presence that, like in the aroma, kind of mutes the other flavors a bit too much - some caramel malt and mild spiciness try to get some space on the taste buds, but big bad bourbonís fat, boozy ass takes up the whole damn dance floor - I like bourbon, so I still enjoyed the experience of drinking this somewhat, but it really needs more balance and something to subdue the cloying sweetness - I never thought Iíd say this, but can brewers please stop aging their beers in bourbon barrels?
Metalhead (615) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a murky brown topped by a film but no head. Aroma was of watered down bourbon with some sweetness and dark fruits. First taste was WTF is this. Tastes like a mid quality strong ale with a shot of scotch tossed in. I loathe scotch and that killed it right there. It faded as it warmed. Iíll have to try one at room temp and see if it still sucks.
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from JPDIPSO. Pours turbid brown with 1-finger off-white head. Aroma of heavy dark fruit and cobwebby malt, plus some oaky bourbon and vanilla notes, and some peaty hints also. The flavor is a complex mix of fruity figgy malts, caramel, some oaky bourbon, hops, brown sugar, cherry, and nut hints. Complex in aroma and palate, and very smooth for a beer of this heft. This is another outstanding offering from Founderís.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy, murky brown with a thin, brown head that eventually dissipates into the void. Sweet malty and bourbony nose full of vanilla, sweet caramel, toasted bread, mild coconut, toffee, a hint of coffee and some smooth cocoa. The body is thick and syrupy, but seriously lacking vitality and effervescence. The flavor is cloyingly sweet and so alcohol-laden, it felt more like liquor than beer. The first couple of bottles of this were somewhat enjoyable, but the last bottles were tough to drink. The vanilla, bourbon and caramel are just so strong here. The oakiness smoothes it out a little, but it canít overcome the intense sweetness. If you work extremely hard, you can find some hop bitterness, but all of that work is tiring and not enjoyable over the course of an entire bottle. The balance is completely lost, seemingly due to the barrel aging. Iíd love to try an untainted version.
fordest (1957) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Santa. Brown pour with a very small off white head. Lots of dark fruit aromas, some molassas. More molassas and raisin in the flavor. Some dustiness in the finish, but mosty dark fruit and caramel type malts. Very tasty
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUL 23, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12 oz. stubby twist cap brown bottle, 2006 version.
Poured a cloudy, with some sediment, golden hued amber with a small fizzy head that settled into a thin lacing.
Nice barleywine-like aromas, rum laced dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, molasses and light whiffs of alcohol along with that bourbon barrel-ness scent.
Moderate carbonation and a smooth full bodied mouthfeel.
Delicious tasting, once again, the rum soaked dark fruits, raisins and plums, nice touch caramel, molasses, piney mixed with a bourbon barrel vanilla and coconuts flakes, very good old ale drinkability. The alcohol provides a nice warmth in palate, but is otherwise buried, well masked.
Pricey, but a good old ale from Founders, well worth trying if you like old ales.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(12oz bottle) Cloudy copper-brown body with small beige head. Aroma is sweet, raisin, caramel, cherry, some coconut, light chocolate, smoke, butterscotch, wood. Taste is sweet, cherry, caramel, raisin, light pineapple/coconut. Finish has light smoky bourbon, enough to notice the alcohol numbing and to complement the beer itself, and thankfully, not enough to do anything more. Sticky full body with low carbonation. A hot summer evening probably wasnít the ideal time to sample this wonderful beer, but Iím glad I did anyhow.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from footbalm. Borbon notes predominate. If this werenít the BA version, I donít know that it would have much flavor. Good, but not great.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy red brown with a sizzling whitish head. Tangy nose with some red wine and clear alcohol presence, touches of caramel, and some roasted malt notes. Quite sweet tasting, some nice smoky hints, a good dose of dry, nutty bitterness, and more vinous notes. A bit too effervescent, but after several years, that may dissipate, that bitterness settle down--should be very worthwhile as a cellar beer. Balance is reminiscent to me of young Hardyís.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2006
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
2006 version. Dark reddish brown pour with a diminishing off white head. Aroma is very strong in bourbon with not much else. Lots of bourbon flavor throughout the taste. A lot like doing a watered down shot of whiskey. Will aging do this beer well? I hope so. I think this beer needs have other flavors come out to taste more like a beer and less like whiskey. I enjoy beers with a touch of bourbon, but to have it dominate as it has in this beer, it is out of place.