MaxxDaddy (407) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa (thanks!). Pours dark reddish-brown with traces of off-white head that leave as quickly as they came. I could smell this bad boy as soon as I opened it, so I knew that I wouldnít have to dig too much here. This must be a 2006 bottle because thereís a big oak presence here, got hints of bourbon and brandy interestingly enough. Additionally, got some caramel, malty sweetness, and a few times I caught some coconut in there, which was odd, but I love coconut, so hell yeah! As the beer warmed up, the bourbon influence took over the aroma almost entirely. But enough about how it smelled...thatís just foreplay. Taste was nice, mostly bourbon, but has a good background of malty sweetness to complement it. Finish was pretty boozy, more bourbon of course. Pretty sticky palate, definitely good for this sort of brew, despite its relative ease of drinking. A good first impression for the Old Ale style on my tastebuds.
DrnkMcDermott (2793) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Rich and malty smell upon opening. Low-proof whiskey character, but not too heady. Pours somewhat muddy brown, with a weak head thatís gone in a minute. But a fine taste indeed. Whiskey again, with caramel and Sugar Babies in support. Donít go looking for hop character here, if youíve held this for any length of time (this bottle about 6 months old), itís been reduced to a small supporting role. Grpe juice, prune and blackberry impressions around the sticky, almost gooey brew. May be a bit too sticky for some, especially on this hot August Night (Neil Diamond reference; how postmodern of me). But itíll be well worth waiting for winter to open the other bottles.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy brown color with lots of floaties and a ring of light brown lace. Very good aroma and flavor of peated and caramel malt with very mild alcohol. The body is light and creamy and the carbonation is gentle. Another solid Founders product.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. 2006 vintage. Poured a clear reddish-orange color. Not much head other than a thin off white ring and a bit of film. Aroma was of plum, cocoa, and malty molasses. Sweet on the tongue with a chewy, slick mouth feel and very little carbonation. The effects of bourbon barrel aging on the flavor are obvious with vanilla, whiskey, and oak flavors imparted. There is also some raisin and malty milk chocolate. Boozy bourbon finish that lingers. Good beer that gets better as it warms.
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a good beer, but seems a little potent for an Old Ale. It reminds me more of a barleywine than an old ale. Nice caramel flavors with a good supporting body to balance out all the flavor and alcohol. It just reminds me more of a barleywine
jrob21 (2533) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy brown color with almost no head. Syrupy consistency. Aromas of raisin. Full bodied and fruity flavors. Malty, chalky aftertaste. Decent but not phenomenal.
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 vintage. Courtesy of boboski, you are so my hero. The color reminds my of Fall in New England, a warm ochre, redolent of the turning leaves. Aroma is vanilla, maple, burnt orange and that wisp of whiskey. Flavor follows suit, but is a an impressive performance, high notes seem to be a a symphony of sweetness, some bitter orange undertones. The close is a heady bourbon flavor that is well integrated. I live for Old Ales, and this was a definite star.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
heavy carmel and maple syrup with brown sugar and some walnuts. very rich lots and lots of bourbon, and its been aging for 3 months at least
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich reddish copper with a significant though quickly waning creamy white head. Good lacing. Big woody oaky vanilla bourbon. Sweet malt bill makes this a an almost cloying bourbon sort of experience. Not bad, but not quite my cup of tea. Definitely strong caramel and even a hint of chocolate in here. Not bad at all. A creamy rich mouthfeel with very subdued carbonation and a velvety smoothness. A woody bourbon note comes through over a great bit caramel malt backbone. Wood is huge here, and the vanilla is big, but the tannic oak is what sticks out. And actually, it reels in the malt well, making this a lovely balanced beer. Cookie dough in the finish? A little bit of diacetyl, but the aftertaste is dominated by vanilla and oak. After this and the Kentucky Breakfast, I might be turning the corner on bourbon barrel aged beers... maybe.
BeerandBlues2 (9601) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-oz. bottle received via trade with Duane. Pours cloudy, lightly particulate amber/mahagony with a small rocky light brown head, somewhat lasting, fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel), light hops (perfume), average yeast (dough, fresh leather) with notes of vanilla, wood, bourbon. Full bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness and bitterness, light acidity; caramel roasted malt, vanilla and bourbon with wood notes.