Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 vintage. I gotta go against the grain on this one as I really enjoyed it. Part of the surprise is that I thought I didnít get the barrel-aged vintage. For those who enjoy a good toffee and creamy bourbon flavour this one is done very well. On the aroma one detects notes of vanilla, caramel, Bourbon and oak. Deep crimson hue with many particles dancing throughout. Nice smooth creamy mouthfeel with sweet hints of the caramelized malt and bourbon beautifully blended together. Strong finish as your palate continues to be coated with the soft sensation of oak, candied apricots and cinnamon. Donít let the negative reviews fool you! The 2006 vintage of this is definately a well done beer and a must try!
jsquire (3499) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber colored out of the bottle with a very hesitant ivory head that retreated into a slight ring around the glass very quickly. My first sniff of this warned me that this must be the bourbon barrel vintage. Whiskey, wood, butter and alcohol all wafted up. Overall the mouthfeel seemed a little watery, given the ABV and style. Lots of noticable alcohol in the flavor, both actual from the 9.3% and suggusted from all the bourbon. The barrel aging does impart lots of bourbon, oak, and the buttery sensation that I always get from bourbon barrel aged beers. My complaint about barrel aging is when the barrel overwhelms the beer and this seems to be one of those times. Flavors of vanilla, berry, oak, dried fruit; but all just washed out by the bourbon. If you like bourbon barrel beers, here is one. I prefer more balance with the beer.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautifull deep brown with garnet highlights, The nose is bourbon and dark fruits. the first taste reveals an intensely sweet malt rush of dried fruits like dates and raisins, and prunes, roasted caramel, molasses, burnt brown sugar, and tart cherries. The alcohol is pretty potent and the bourbon notes only accentuate that feeling. Very rich texture, almost vinous, and somewhat boozy on the palate. Very nice!
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 13, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
guessing 06 vintage, 12 oz bottle via trade with Iím not sure who, but Iíve wanted to try this for a while as founders never ever lets me down. Pours dark murky brown with a head that quickly becomes a thin line of white around the ring. The nose is very bourbony with a lot sweetness that is muted in some ways by a lot molasses. The taste is sweet and full of bourbon and a nice big mouth feel warming the throat nicely. This is certainly a great old ale, and Iíd expect nothing less from the geniuses at Founders.
blankboy (6139) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Vintage 2006. I got pretty sick of bourbon aged beers there for a while so Iíve sat on this for several months until I got the urge for one of these again. Good thing I did, thereís lots of bourbon in this. Pours a bubbly dark ruby-brown with lots of little floaties and a lasting average size tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with lots of oaky bourbon along with some dark fruit and hops. Flavour has lots of bourbon (almost too much in my opinion) along with sweet malt and some hops in the finish. Medium to full bodied, syrupy mouthfeel. Alcoholís pretty well hidden for the most part. This is pretty good and well done, and if bourbon aged beers werenít so overdone right now Iíd probably like it even more.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Again, thanks to Dave from Founders and Chuck the owner of the Dilly Deli in Cincy for hosting the Founders tasting event.
A: Nice, a little darker than amber color. No head and little lacing to speak of.
S: Nice smell of citrus and figs. Can pick up a little alcohol in the nose as well.
T: A little more of a kick than the bottle offers. The flavors are a little more pronounced in the tap offering. A stronger spiced coconut rum is noticeable. A very good offering on draft.
M: Very smooth and good. A little bit more harsh than the bottle due to the pronounced strength of the flavoring.
D: A very sessionable beer. Very smooth and tastes light. The alcohol is sure to catch up with you, but the trip to get there is well worth it.
What can I say, another great brew from Founders that Iíve gotten to experience on draft.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Transparent, golden honey colored pour with shades of ripened peach flesh and blood orange skins, topped with a thin layer of creamy caramel head. Big, fruity aroma of fresh strawberries and drizzled caramel sauce over the top of some fresh vanilla ice cream. Some pecan pralines and chewy raisins add further complexity. Tantalizing. A hint of alcohol is the only detractant in the bouquet, mild mannered, but noticeable in that its a sharp contrast to the soft nature of the other aromatics. Full bodied, but filled with a light carbonation that really makes this one melt across the palate like a tingly dessert foam. A little bit of black cherry, complete with pit tannins, and some caramelized, peaty suggestions of a single malt scotch. Some broken leather and brandy touches as well. A bit dryer in flavor, the oakiness from the barrel comes across more strongly in the mouth than in the nose, lingering especially strong in the finish. Warming, bourbony finish. I get the feeling that if this was aged properly, some fruity oxidation notes would really help open this one up a bit, as the fruity character in the nose is quite marvelous; the dryness and heat on the palate is a bit of a let down after such a pleasant olfactory introduction. A nice treat, and certainly offers enough complexity to ponder. Thanks, Tom!
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 1, 2007
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a hazy with fine particulate dark brown colored body and a poor lacing. The aroma was malty. The mouth feel was tingly at the start with a mellow finish. The weird yucky flavor wasa way off the mark for me with notes of weird maltiness. A horrible one that I would not buy again. So against the grain it looks like a rerate is in store for this one.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Murky brown, thin spritzy light beige head, sparce lacing.   Oaken nose, Bourbon, slight vanilla.   Sweet Bourbony
start, alcohol is slightly noticeable.   Soft tart dark pitted fruit, black cherries, candied walnuts, all make for a pretty damn fine
treat.   Fairly smooth, yet not overly rich.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Not sure what to make of the underlying
beer as the Oak/Bourbon dominate.   Remains fairly malty and warming.   Soft alcoholic Bourbon kick at the finish.   This would
have been better suited for a Porter or Stout, but its still fairly tasty as is.   Thanks Matt for this one!
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Cognac scent. Rose, muddish hints. Earthy. Similar in taste. Evaporates very quickly off the tongue. Exquisite though not appreciated fully by me since this is not my favorite style.