santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice copper with a decent beige. Strong bourbon, alcohol and rum notes with some raisin and twizzler notes. The taste is extremely oaky with lots of alcohol and bourbon. Nice sweet vanilla and caramel notes with subtle hints of chocolate and dark fruits. Pretty good, but way way way too heavy on the oak.
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear pale amber colour with no head to speak of. The nose is of root extracts, corn syrup, lager yeast, cola, vanilla, wood and burboun, though it is highly muted in respect to all these nuances. The flavour is oddly vegetal, but the finish is laden with wod, vanilla, burboun and corn syrup. The predominant flavour is corn syrup. The palate is smooth but thin. For a beer I’ve been itching to try, this was a colosal let down.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber/red with a faint white head. Syrupy palate, viscous body. Caramel up front, a bit worty, lots of excess alcohol showing. Fruity finish with a lingering hint of bourbon and toffee.
BMan1113VR (7894) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2012 Bottle thanks to TURDFERGUSON. Labeled at 9.8% ABV so I am assuming it is the Bourbon Barrel version or something recent. Pours with a light brown head and a slightly hazed, pretty reddish amber body. Head fades to a ring after a while and leaves pretty good lacing. Aroma is alcohol (Brandy with notes of vanilla and bourbon), with tons of caramel and a bit of fruit behind the alcohol burn from my snifter. Tastes is alcohol and a bit of bitter butterscotch, with a touch of dirt or cobwebs, some fruits, and raisins. Alcohol is not well hidden at all (but that is okay by me). Creamy mouthfeel and light carbonation. Another good Founder’s Beer.
Re-rate: Bottle marked 4/6/12. Pours with a murky amber hued body with a lasting off-white head. Decent lace. Aromas show a bit of raw popcorn, toasted malt and caramel (no bourbon, which was quite evident the last time I tried it). Cereal grain, toffee, malty, chewy, cornbread, clean and complex malt character. Flavors are of cornbread, buttery biscuit, burn bread. Nice toasted malt character, a decent amount of caramel without being too sweet. Very light esters (mostly dried fruits). Malt character is strongly toasty and dry with a somewhat light hop bitterness, slightly soapy in character. Becomes a bit hard to drink as it warms as the bitterness comes out a bit. Light chlorine. Fuller body, very viscous mouthfeel, sweet, fuller alcohol, still finishes dry with a grainy balance.
That1Guy (2025) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Honkeybra. Aight, so I pour this out into two separate glasses, one for me and one for Jakebra. His is cloudy, mine’s clear. So…appearance is actually 3 ½. Kinda scotchy and fruity nose followed by a really smoky flavor. Like smoky scotch or something. Interesting brew. I’d like to try it again.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle courtesy of JCB. Pours a hazy amber with some floaters and a 2 finger cream head but only spotty lacing. Nose is caramel malt, brown sugar, vanilla and alcohol. Taste is raisins, toffee, sweet dates and a light hop finish with some alcohol burn mixed in. Medium mouth feel. Decent brew. Thanks Jason!
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to jgd0608, thanks man. Poured a clear, deep caramel-red color with a moderate off-white head that slowly faded to a layer and left some spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel, toffee, dark fruit (mostly raisin, some light plum), some light oxidization and a bit of alcohol. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with some light hints of fig that lead into a caramel maltiness with some fruity raisin undertones that finishes with some oxidization. Low carbonation, smooth on the palate. I really wanted to like this beer, but something held me back. Perhaps it was the oxidization, which seemed a bit intense for the age of the beer.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very fine barley-wine. Body was hazy and opaque and straw colored. Aroma was very malty with some fruitiness. Flavor was warming and mellow with some mild cereal-ness I didn’t care for, and a lot of body I did like. Mouthfeel was clean and dry.
Had this on tap at Mike Roman’s pub in Bay View, WI.
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours murky deep amber with no head at all. very mellow smooth body, creamy, caramelly. light notes of hops in the background, but not overpowering at all. does not really drink like a 9+% beer, but a little warming going down.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a hazy deep red with ruby highlights, specks of bottle-conditioned-sediment floating lazily. The head is virtually non-existent. What bubbles do form are very small and light-tan in color, forming a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass at the surface of the beer - leaving slight/trace amounts of lace on the glass here and there. The aroma is very malty with a strange metallic air at first followed by vinous malts, soft fruit, some hoppiness (slightly vegetal, piney), and a noticeable wallop of alcohol, too. The flavor starts very malty and mellow with some woodiness and a nice layer of hops - piney and spicy. At mid-tongue, there is a great balance of big, bold malts with a good bit of sweetness and bitter hops that are fruity, slightly earthy, and spicy. The finish is full but not cloying with a nice thick malt ending that is well-balanced with a good bit of fruit, some wood (subtle smoke), and a very pleasant and strong hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is full and oily (not quite syrupy) with a lot of suds (spritzier and lighter than expected from the complete lack of foam upon pouring). There is a slight astringenct sensation on the middle and back of the tongue that is only slight and not unpleasant - from alcohol, bitterness, and carbonation combined. The beer is warming in the chest as you drink it down without tasting like alcohol (though it certainly tastes big). Overall, a very pleasant experience.