pootzboy (1570) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Something special for a great warmer on this cold October evening.
Poured an opaque dark brown ale in the glass with a 1 finger tan cap that reduced to a surface clinging lace .
Aromas of dark dried fruits, mustiness oak barreld whisky.
Thick malt spine, oily mouth feel, rich complex boozy character.
Up front you chew on some thick date muffins then a rush of complex layered flavors: raisins, vanilla with coconut, white chocolate, cherries in brandy over the smokey oak -earthy musty tones...finishes up long and wet where the hops attack the complexity and the alcohol shows up, the result is near an oak barreld burbon flavor in the finish.
This ale delivers quite a lot of strength and flavor and comes off like a burbon whisky flavored barley wine....very nicely done.
My sample was fairly young but I bet some time in the cellar would really mellow this and bring out even more complexity
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Red Bones. Pours an opaque chestnut color with small tan head. Aroma is sweet dark fruits. Taste is very chewy with sweet malts, raison, cherry, and earthiness. There is a bit of alcohol in the finush. but not in a bad way at all. Great beer.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle via trade (sorry I canít remember who) - Pours a deep amber color with a good size light tan head. As the head settled, it left some light, stringy lacing. Has a cider type aroma. Very nice. Kind of hard to explain. OAK, thats what it is. The oak also dominates the flavor. This beer is very similar to Fred from the wood. Medium body. A must try. Thanks to whomever sent this one.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of booze, wood and pitfruits, murky reddish brown, miniscule tan head. Strong alcohol taste, malt with some woody notes. Medium bodied, fairly strong alcohol, yet enjoyable. Quite good. Thank You mds.
mds (2154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Orange-brown with a tiny brown ring of head and tiny yeast speckles floating about. The aroma is quite woody and bourbon-esque. Rich sweet caramel is evident in addition to yeast and butterscotch. Sweet, thick body - flavours of alcohol, thick chewy resinous hops, caramel, and sweetness is left lingering. It’s actually very tasty.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bottle from trade with kmweaver. Thanks Ken! Pours a very nice amber color with a minimal white head.Has a wonderful aroma of whiskey, caramel and vanilla. Taste of malt, vanilla, and all spice. The alcohol is very well hidden and is barely noticeable. Has a great smooth dry finish that leaves a nice flavor that make you want more. . This is a truely enjoyable beer to drink . It reminds me of Tyranena Rockyís Revenge but is better balanced.
OldMrCrow (1699) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 2006 bottle, shared at acertainís get-together.
The bourbon barrel aging is easily apparent here; this lovely beer provides a breathtaking sweet woody aroma with mellow bourbon notes. The mouthfeel is splendid, full and creamy, gently sweet in the flavor, lingering long with dry oak and sweet vanilla, coming splendidly into its own as it approaches room temperature.
For this was perhaps the highlight of an evening filled with extraordinarily good beers. Splendid. 9/4/9/5/16=4.3
Rerate March 15, 2008: Another í06 bottle. Pours out a rather light caramel with almost no head. Woody bourbon (vanilla, not booze) dominates the aroma, some caramels coming through as well; the aroma is indeed really nice. Relatively mild sweetness, bourbon notes, lots of vanilla, butterscotch, subtle banana and other fruits. Mouthfeel seems thin today and maybe a touch too hot, woody dryness very late in the finish. The first sip was not so impressive -- certainly nowhere near the 4.3 that I gave it the first time around -- but as I progressed through the bottle I enjoyed this one well enough. Iíd go about 8/4/8/4/15, and Iíll go straight to that score as this rating was based on a full bottle and the first beer a night, whereas the previous one was one of my few ratings added from a tasting situation.
shigadeyo (2959) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2007 Had this on draught at the "Founders at Dilly Deli" night on 9/21/2006... Color is dark brown and kind of murky - quite intriguing in an inviting way. This beer has quite a combination of characteristics in the aroma and flavor - strong and sweet at first, then a little spicy and fruity like raisins, and then slightly dry and bitter toward the end. There are some hints of caramelized sugar, nuts, and wood in there as well. Mouthfeel is medium to full and quite smooth. A very interesting brew that has much complexity and tends to cause some pondering to sort out all the great flavors wafting around in it. I definitely need to grab up a bottle of this to try it again and explore it deeper...
10 oz draught (9.3% alchohol), $4.00 from Dilly Deli. Rating: 7 3 8 4 16 = 3.8
10/11/2007: Founderís Curmudgeon Old Ale has a sophisticated sweet brandy-like aroma that contains deep caramelized malt, a rich cherry quality, and hints of alcohol and oak. The color is a nearly opaque deep ruby color with a subtle level of carbonation, specks of suspended sediment, and a thin beige head. The flavor is rich and very malty. The sweetness drawns one in and the complexities really capture oneís interest and attention. The fruity (mostly cherry) maltiness is accompanied by caramel, vanilla, dry oak char, and a warming brandy flavor. Some bitterness, candied citrus, and chocolate come through in the finish. The alcohol is nicely tucked away under all the other flavors. This beer has a medium-full to full body and is really quite smooth despite its thickness. This particular Old Ale definitely improves with age...
12 fl. oz. bottle (9.3% ABV) from Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating: 8 3 8 4 16 = 3.9
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI (August 2006), consumed at cellar temperature from a Unibroue glass. A faint thin tan head tops hte muddy dark brown body, laces very little....raisins, licorice, lots of oaky vanilla and a redolence of spice shop (allspice, ginger, cardamom, etc) in the complex nose....burnt caramel and espresso character in the body, sweet only at the front and tending towards ashy, dry and bitter-harsh at the finish, light hints of alcohol....as it goes down and as it warms to room temperature, some sugars return to ward off the bitter attacks, Frangelico and Amaretto sensuous liqueur notes mmmm.....low carbonation, lightly sticky mouthfeel, very full and thick.
OldGrowth (2418) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Julioís. bought when first came to Mass consumed, er, today. Good nose, Malibu & coke, whisky, oak. Hazed dark orangy brown color, small head that rose up slowly and faded quickly to a ring. Ok lace. Bittersweet flavor, like aroma. Medium body, litely creamy, smooth mouthfeel, dry biting finish. Well for something that doesnít mention barrel aging it sure has bite. Certainly one for a cold winter night on the U.P.