Narnad (1518) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dense hazy red-amber color. No head but a few bubbles that make a white sparse film on top of the brew. Aroma has a light floral and citrus hops character, very heavy caramel nose, a lot of rich toasted malt (Vienna or Munich) that contributes to the overall fruity and sugary profile for the brew and a very smooth light alcohol note. Flavor starts with a rich toasted malt note, light orange citrus note with it finishing with a very sweet caramel candy and toffee flavors. The feeling of the beer is very dense with a heavy sugary feeling, a moderately high fine carbonation, lots of alcohol that is hidden pretty well and a light dry finish. Nice lacing on the glass from the thin film of the beer. A great long lasting flavor and the beer as a whole is very well done and follows the style superbly. Excellent brew.
Skinnyviking (8694) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Low and quickly disappearing off-white fluffy head. Hazy red brown body. Sweet barley malt caramel fruity aroma. Heavily carbonated, high alcohol malty caramel fruity flavor with a fair amount of hops bitterness. Long bitter alcohol aftertaste.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2013 Medium, bright orange in color with sediment in suspension, this old ale smells sweet and caramelized. English yeast blends well with the alcohol and malty sweetness in the nose, giving it a chewy, delicious aroma. It’s just as chewy in the mouth, soft and smooth, bready, with a flavor of slightly burnt malts. It has a great finish that’s light on alcohol, but still slightly stiff.
areyouinning (72) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy with the appearance of a red tinted cider, and very little carbonation or head. Slow foamy legs, high viscosity. Aroma similar to apple cider with cinnamon. Very smooth mouthfeel, with excellent aftertaste. Alcohol nicely disguised. Note of cloves in aroma and taste.
Defreni (2997) - Husum, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaske: Så fik jeg da bestemt en af dem der var lagret i bourbon fade. Ellers god duft og en flot mørkerød farve. Smagen er dog domineret af bourbon og der er ikke så meget at bakke denne smag op med. Bestemt drikbar men alt for endimensionel.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle - pours brown-amber with slight off-white head; stale, mild sugar aromas; lemons and candy canes; body is clear and thin, almost juice-like; flat and syrupy; flavors of belgian candy sugars; musky, oak and fruity; smooth going down and could see being better fresh; a little thin for my liking
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a murky dark chestnut brown color with a slightly yellowish jaundiced looking hues with a thin beige head that quickly disappears leaving no lacing.
Very earthy, swampy aroma with a little bit of creek water and old boot. Slight chocolate maltiness with subtle hops and a sweet alcohol presence which is very strong.
Again, the flavor is very earthy and leathery with a strong sweet alcohol presence, leathery maltiness, subtle hops, slight chocolate, brown sugar and dirt. There’s also a strange vegetable presence with is quite unpleasant and a dirty bitter finish.
This was quite a disappointment for me especially since I love pretty much everything from Founders and enjoy the occasional old ale. I will have to revisit again in the future.
sunevdj (3949) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear red amber with a smallish off-white head. Smells of bourbon, coconut and perfume. Quite sweet with aromas of caramel, coconut and bourbon. Tiny alcoholic hints. Full bodied. Sticky, slightly oily mouthfeel. Stron, sweet and dry finish with a touch of alcohol warmth. Good.
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottled 3/5/09poured a dark ruby and brown in color with a thick foamy two finger light tan head that stuck around. aroma has sweet chewy caramel malt, rich dark malt, vanilla, dark sweet fruit, and some rum cake. medium mouth feel with light carbonation coats the tongue well. flavor has plenty of rich malt, vanilla, thick caramel sweetness, some earth, and a hit of alcohol at the end. i really like the flavors in this one, but the sweetness does get a little high even for a sweet lover.
omhper (23492) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm. Brownish amber, almost no head. Thick caramel covered in a wealth of wood. Mid-sweet with full body and cottony soft mouthfeel. Warming and flavourful with caramel, spun sugae, oak and vanilla. Light salty finish. Well balanced, mellow and malty.