bhensonb (13733) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours hazy ruby/orange color with no head. Rather malty aroma with something like mild hop. Full bodied with very little carbonation. Flavor is maybe a bit vanilla. It coats the mouth a bit. Medium dark dried fruits. Really smooth. Finishes really tasty.
benpickens (475) - Camarillo, California, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a beautiful clear red with a light head and carbonation. Smells like Jack Daniels with oak notes. Obvious whisky notes with a dry finish. One of teh most interesting beers I’ve had - hard to believe it’s a beer and not a whisky!
bierkoning (12053) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Oarnge color. Tiny chunks of yeast floating. Malty, slightly alcoholic aroma with dried fruit, brandy notes and grass. Full bodied. Malty flavor with raisin. Alcoholic and stony with vinous notes. Grapes, perfumed . Red berries. Earthy hops.
dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at the coppermine...nose was caramel, malty sweet...flavor was sweet, dried fruits and candy...boozy but not overwhelming
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours medium brown, with dark ruby tinting. Minimal head forms and quickly dissipates. Lacing is thick and fairly sticky.
Big malty sweetness. Slight buttery smell with a touch of vanilla. Somewhat bourbon or scotch like. Mild hints of dark fruits. Mild fusel alcohol.
Big malts dominate here, also. Sweet and rich. Dark bread notes. Raisins. Nice caramel notes. Alcohol presence cuts the sweetness and offers a very nice amount of balance.
Full flavored and not for the weak.
For those who like scotch ales, or just plain scotch whiskey, for that matter, this is highly recommended.
Thick, viscous and oily. This one definitely qualifies as ’chewey’. Yet still smooth.
Very low carbonation levels.
This one is a good example of why I like Old Ales so much. Also, why Founders is becoming one of my favorite breweries. So much of their line is just damn tasty.
I could drink alot of these.
bonk0076 (99) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a brownish amber color, hazy, with a moderate head. Aroma is of hops, with citrus and fruity notes as well as molasses. Taste is very sweet - molasses and caramel, with a slight hint of pine. Fills the mouth with a full flavor. But offers a quick finish.
beerbill (3601) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of tjthresh as a part of NP10V4. Pours a hazy dark rust with a thin linen white head that was gone after the first sip and left a few scattered patches of lace. Pleasant aroma of malt, caramel and a few vapors of alcohol. There is plenty of malt and caramel in the flavor, along with a bit of orange peel. The finish is a tad dry and a somewhat strong alcohol flavor emerges as well that lingers for several seconds beyond the swallow. The body lacks the fullness or depth that I associate with the style, especially since this beer reminded me more of a barley wine. A little disappointing, especially for a beer that I had on my wants list.
Bontus (742) - Flanders, BELGIUM - NOV 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copperish with a small head. Subtle hop nose. Grapefruit and honey aroma, then more malt. Some woodiness. Very well balanced and insanely drinkable. Just a bit dull MF. Nonetheless a real treat.
GT (9933) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 20, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 mL into snifter. Wow this looks good: a clear strawberry with a huge, thick, yellow head that has excellent retention and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is earthy, caramel, maple syrup, rich creme brulee, peat, New York cheesecake. Smells like Imperial Stout a little bit. Flavor is like an easier to drink barleywine. There are sweet creme brulee and caramel notes backed by some serious spicy hops. Quick finish making you want more. The near 10% is completely hidden. This beer is insanely good.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy, muddy orange color with lots of sediment (no matter how much I tried to minimize this) with no head to speak of. Aroma is bourbon. Period. Flavor is dominated by bourbon, but dark fruit and peaches emerge along with some woodiness. Warm, bitter, dry finish. A well crafted and complex beer.