gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin dark carmel color. It is intense but in a very pleasing and warming way. Dark fig and cherry fruit. Bourbon flavor is rather strong but not overpowering. Not my style and still great.
drfabulous (3575) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich taste of bourbon, or at least, the barell the bourbon came out of. First sip and you go: Wow. I think I had this at the Michgan Beerfest last year as well...but that day is now in a haze. At five bucks a bottle, savor every drop of this one. Founders likes to confuse beer drinking, and this is one of their better efforts.
jtw (1074) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bourbon bottled version. typical bourbon notes are foremost: alcohol, vanilla, oak, tannins - but also some citrusy/piney hops and malt. the flavor has less bourbon than the aroma, which is a definite plus, although itís hoppier than i expect an "old ale" to be. very well-balanced, far more balanced than most bourbon barrel beers that have emerged lately. not outstanding, but very good.
Pailhead (4381) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 2006 Bottle: Big bourbon and vanilla aromas with light fruit and light caramel. Pours a hazy but somewhat transparent reddish-brown with lots of fine sediment and a small off-white head that quickly fades to a ring. Lots of caramel and a touch of fruit up front. Finishes with lots of bourbon, vanilla, mellow citrus hops, and light wood.
2007 Bottle: The bourbon notes in the aroma are much more mellow than the 2006. Moderate chocolate and caramel notes with some fruit and light vanilla. Appearance is identical to last yearís release. The flavor starts with a moderate dose of chocolate, caramel, and vanilla which all play equal parts. The is some moderate fruitiness in the middle and then a light-moderate bourbon presence in the finish along with some faint citrus hops. Iím surprised to re-visit my rating from 2006 and see that I scored it a 3.9 because Iíve always associated the 2006 version with being a bourbon bomb. However, the numbers seem appropriate for the í07 version.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 12, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
HOLY POOP! Am I going to have a beer, or a glass of Jim Beam? Dark color. I can smell bourbon and no beer. I can taste bourbon and no beer. Hints of vanilia that mix in with the overwhelming amount of bourbon taste. If you like bourbon, you will like this. Is this really a beer?
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAY 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A strong aroma of caramel malt with hints of vanilla and oak greet the nose. The pour is a deep brown with reddish hues. There is no head. The flavor starts off with a caramel sweetness that grows with the flavors of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. An alcohol warming quality is noticible in the finish.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a nice short offwhite head that faded pretty quick. Aromas of vanilla, oak, a touch of bourbon, and lots of caramel. Flavor is a nice blend of those oak and vanilla notes, with much caramel, and a touch of bourbon but nothing dominating. Some definite raisins, and touch of coconut there too. Amazingly sweet and smooth full bodied but quite airy and gentle in the mouth. Founders just keeps impressing me!
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark copper/ruby/brown color with no head to speak of unlees agitated. Crazy aroma of of brandy and bourbon and vanilla and oak an licorice. Very peculiar in a great way. This is a unique brew. Full bodied and sweet. Low carbonation. Slick on the palate and a flavor similiar to whiskey with corn syrup and fruit. Like Makers Mark and canned peaches. I suspect that ageing will change the character of this beer and it will be interesting to open a bottle every six months or so.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Wow! This stuff is pretty damn good, and I had no idea that it was barrel aged till I read this decription and opened my bottle. ours a deep rusty color with a decent medium-light tan head with some decent retention that fades to a fine film. The aroma is filled with bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits,cocoanut, and some caramel malt. The flavor is another huge shot of bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit...the way it was aged cartainly seems to dominate..though not too oaky...the sweet malt is ocming though as well. Nice body, a bit juicy over the tounge, but never watery nor syrupy...stays in a nice range of richness that makes fairly drinkable for the style. Low carbonation is a good thing in this case.. A great warming beer that isnít too heavy or sweet with the alcohol well hidden. Awesome for a night cap or dessert...Iím gonna have to get more of this stuff...Founders does it again.
1FastSTi (3274) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours to a nice ruby maple colored body with a dense off-white head and excellent lacing. The aroma is nougat and pistachios, lightly salty sea air, wharf wood, vanilla. The flavor is stellar. Sweet toasty malts, thick caramel, definite coconut (albeit subtle), reminds me of a liquid version of the Girl Scout cookies Caramel deLites. Delicate vanilla cookie drenched in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut and laced with cocoa stripes... mmm. Nice woodsyness to it too. The palate is sweet and dry at the same time. The head of the beer was velvety. Nice warming feeling, but not overly alcoholic on the tongue. Holy crap Batman! Barrel aging the bottled version is much appreciated. I love the vanilla overtones. Itís defintely not over barreled either.