Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle generously shared by theisti. This is the one Founders brew that I have been wanting to try but have never been able to find in my travels throughout the Midwest. So, thank you for sharing it with me, Tim. :)
Pours a cloudy reddish-orange with a ton of suspended sediment and patchy off-white lace. The nose is an interesting fruity blend of pineapple, caramel, craisins and lighter notes of brown sugar and alcohol. Medium to full-bodied and oily with fine carbonation and a dry, moderately bitter resinous finish. The flavor is of round malt and woody tobacco notes with a resinous finish; absolutely nothing like the nose.This is a decent big beer, but the nose and flavor are about as far apart from one another as I can imagine them being, and I had really been hoping for a bit more from this beer.
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 Now this is a ale to rave about 12 oz. bottle bought in 2008 no date so i went to founders web site and it read cellered for 2 years so that makes it 2006 when brewed, aged in bourbon barrels and explains the nose and flavor of this beast a cousin of the barley wine.pour was deep copper in color and hazy with floaterswith a nose of bourbon,malts and fruits taste was of of sweet malted grains,oaked bourbon and a mild hop accent balened to perfection fantastic beer
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle via trade with Acknud. This brew did not live up to its rating for me. Pours a mostly clear rusty brown with a small beige ring. Nose was faint with candied apricots with the flavor being sweet and malty.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle, with thanks to alexsdad06 for the great bonus. Pours a iced tea color with a thin off-white head, moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, dark fruits, caramel, toffee and honey. Flavor is malty, with more caramel, toffee, and candied dark fruits. Enjoyable enough, but everything just didn’t quite seem to come together as well as it could for some reason. Thanks again Brad!
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle pours deep brown with a creamy tan head. Big time malt, sweet, bread, honey and some smoke in the aroma. Very sweet body with alot of caramel and dark fruit like raisin and plums. There was also some oak and bourbon in there. Great beer.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet malty and cheesy yeast aromas with some honey and fruits. Foamy tan head and rose colors. Flavors are malty and slightly bitter. Yeast is present. Some orange peel and dried fruit cheesiness. Bitter finish with some bark and woodiness in the flavors. Palate is medium rich. Solid but not syrupy. Pleasure increases as the palate acclimates.
theisti (3504) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of tjthreh. Pour is cloudy orange amber, with a thin off white head, nice lacing after a quick swirl of the glass. Noticeable floaties in the glass. Aroma of dusty resin maltiness, a bit of alcohol heat. Some floral honey sweetness. Taste is resin, nutty, maltiness - a sharp twinge of alcohol to the finish. Palate is dry, medium, mouth coating, alcohol present. There really is none of the sweetness from the nose in the flavor, in fact this beer did not really taste like it smelled at all. Decent enough beer, but not too complex and a bit harsh for my liking.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours a hazy orange amber with no head, but a small white collar. Aromas of heavy caramel, vanilla, honey and malts, and booze. Flavors of sweet malts up front, honey and vanilla, with a long warm finish.
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured cloudy amber with a thin head. Malt and oak aroma. Oak and bourbon up front with notes of malt, vanillla caramel and some alcohol burn. Quite sweet.
douglas88 (7354) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Santa. Pours out a murky brown color with a nice bright medium orange head. The aroma is boozy, some rich fruits and lots of sweet caramel and sugary notes. The flavor is very nice; scotch, caramel, light fruit, some bourbon perhaps, lots of malts, leaves your palate creamy and tangy,light hops. Very nice and quite different. A bit boozy, but that’s fine with me.