BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dirty river water and an attempt at a foam head that never came to fruition. Aroma is dark fruit, honey, brown sugar and vanilla. Flavor is also sweet with distinguishable notes of raisin, cherry skin, and vanilla. The lack of carbonation had a negative impact on this beer. Still glad I had a chance to try it.
mattmc1973 (477) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 12oz bottle, pours a clear brown/amber with a small head that dissipates fully. Great aroma of sweet malt, figs, caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, and bourbon. Donít think this is the bourbon barrel version, but still smells of bourbon nonetheless. Taste of caramel, sugar, dark fruit, bourbon, and oak. Alcohol is not overpowering for nearly 10%. Nice barley wine type flavor, but is even better than most barley wines Iíve had. Smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. Overall a great beer!
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 Bottle. Dark brown pour. Thin off-white head quickly diminishes into a halo of lace. Oak, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon on the nose. Very smooth on the palate. Malt, vanilla, and bourbon flavors. Nicely complex, very drinkable at 9.3%. Medium-full mouthfeel. Slightly astringent finish with some alcohol presence. Iíve often overlooked this beer in the past. Try it, youíll love it.
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with small tan head. Aroma of malts, vanilla, and dried fruit. Flavor was malt driven with a smooth sweetness that was countered by a nice dry hop finish. A complex blend of flavor ranges from vanilla, plum, toffee and a slight alcohol warming that come together beautifully to make a fine brew. Very drinkable and very enjoyable. If you like barleywines, you have to have this ale.
Indra (2657) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2008 12oz. bottle, 2006 bourbon barrel-aged version. Richly malty and sweet aroma, complex and enticing, plenty of bourbon character to be found here alongside notes of toffee, vanilla, cherry, oak, dark brown sugar, raisin, fig, dried flowers and slight medicinal alcohol, even some very faint smoke detected. Deep, dark copper color, somewhat hazy, with a fully subsiding head. Flavor is utterly dominated by the powerful malt presence from beginning to end, with more sweet toffee, cherry, vanilla and dried, dark fruits, shot through with oaked bourbon and finishing with a gentle, earthy bitterness and lingering alcoholic warmth. Palate is smooth, sticky and nearly still, with a body thatís full as can be. This is excellent. Seemingly very complimented by the barrel aging process, and one Iíd had on my wishlist for some time. Thanks a lot to boboski for the opportunity.
bp (810) - Queens, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: pours a dark brown with a thick white head, aroma is strong on the alcohol maybe there is some caramel under that but it is pretty overpowering, taste is malty, burnt toffee, slightly sweet and no signs of the alcohol other then a little bit of a warm feeling in the back of the throat, fairly full moutfeel as well. Good stuff.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Buffalohead on 5/23/2008. The bottle itself has "05" below the label. Hazy brown pour with a very spare, wispy thin head. Complex aroma includes caramel, raisins, chocloate, spice, oak, and vanilla. Medium body, low carbonation, smooth and rich mouthfeel.
Sweet malt flavors dominate, caramel and brown sugar are quite evident. Balance comes in the form of an earthy and spicy bitterness that makes for a very pleasing finish.
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
murky brown and smells of toffey vanillaand alcohol.ohhhh i like it......it shas a sharp bite then toffey and coconut and some vanilla. the alcohol is not that well hidden but its not unbearable and the outh feel is great. I really wasnt expecting to like this butI am quickly becoming a fan
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2006. THIS IS FANTASTIC. Pours amber brown and cloudy. This is 9.3abv and this good jeez why buy a session beer when u can treat a 4 pack of this just like one. Bourbon, oak, vanilla. Very oaked finish and a nice warming etoh but kindly. Second impression is in accord. I may have to second think my favorite founders beer.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2008
1.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2014 This was the only beer I have had from this company that has sucked ass but suck ass it did! Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy dark red-brown with a trace of a tan head. The aroma was sweetish and oddly spicy. Very hard to get a handle on what the odd aroma element was. The flavor was bitter, tangy and overwhelmingly odd - spicy candied coconut was the closest I could get to identifying the weird flavor that totally dominated this beer. The odd flavor became almost painful. I had real trouble finishing the glass of this mess and would have drain poured it if I had not been at a bar.