Holtguy (130) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 Dark amber color, small head. Whiskey aroma and flavor, with strong maltiness and sweetness. It’s so sweet it’s sticky. But the boozy nature of the beer, coupled with the malt and oak flavor balance this out very well i like this beer a lot. One of my all time favorites. I thought my score should reflect how highly I think of this beer. Re-rate: the 2013 batch has 9.8% abv, which I think is a tad higher than it used to be.
3fourths (8338) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 Dark muddy purple in color with a thin head. Old, crusty fruit and bread in the nose with a bit of an oxidized smell, I’m loving every second of it… crusty old fruity old ales are something I really love, and this one, with a fuller yeast presence than most, is awesome. Notes of old cake, stale pie crust, wrinkled plums combined with an amazingly frothy texture and a brandy-like note create a really nice, moderately hopped old ale that feels older than it actually is.
Nuffield (3727) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich burnt amber color, hazy. Fruity aroma--coconut and rotting pomegranate. Smooth palate. Solid beer, all-around enjoyable on a cold winter night.
jezmez68 (403) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared a 12 oz bottle with 3 friends, one who returned with the bottle from a visit to the Brewery in Grand Rapids. Pours amber, with a little head. Smelled of scotch. Tasted sweet and scotchy. Overwhelming nose. A nice beer, but not one I would drink all day.
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Another great beer from Founders. Pours amber with a tiny head. Very, very sweet aroma. Flavor of alcohol, but not too overpowering. Very thick.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at WBF. Pour: amber and orange. Head: creamy and light beige. Aroma: sweet, a lot of malt, hops, bourbon. FLavor: alcohol, sweet, strong malt, bourbon. Palate: THick bodied. FInish: warm.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from hopdog...no BB date but it was on sale...pours the same color brown as the bottle with a long lasting tan head. it leaves some pretty serious residue on the glass. monster malt aroma with raisins, cinnamon, citrus, brown sugar and booze. flavor is on the sweet side but certainly tolerable with notes of raisins, vanilla, wood, whiskey and dried spices (possibly from the yeast?) the finish is rather dry and grassy with lingering alcohol, wood and booze. medium to full bodied with a sticky rich mouth feel and decent carbonation. it’d be nice to lay some of these down. but, wtf? with the twist top?
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from my Secret Santa. Aroma of brown sugar, wet musty wood, apple skins, a hint of spice and alcohol. Pours muddy copper/dark brown with a creamy off white head leaving excellent sticky lacing. Bourbon spice, wood, brown sugar, alcohol, pear skins, sweet malt and some grassy hops on the tongue. Creamy, leaning toward full bodied with good carbonation for an old ale. One of the better old ales I’ve had.
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow. Huge scent and initial taste right off the bad. Alcohol up front but not offensive or undrinkable at all. Almost a carmal-y texture, with brown sugar taste. Couldn’t drink a 4 pack, but good once in a while.
Boutip (4956) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2007
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a small foamy head with small rings of lacing. Aroma is super sweet, almost disgustingly so with some notes of alcohol. Taste is a huge mess between some intense sweetness, oily texture with some cloying notes of alcohol. I couldn’t find anything close to old ale but more of an American barleywine with some unbalance feature. I usually love product from this brewery but this beer did not profit from barrel-aging.