NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Thanks to Brennon @ Kahís Fine Wines for turning me toward this brew. Pours a very creamy looking golden brown. Very little head or lacing that I can see. Aroma is of figs, malts, maple syrup, nuts and bourbon. WOW, What a mouthful. Taste is of malts, maple syrup, figs, some cirtus hops as well. There is also a very nice flavor of bourbon in this brew. Very nice aftertaste of bourbon and citrus. You can feel this one going down. Not a huge alcohol burn. But there is some there nonetheless. I am starting to think that Founders can make nothing bad. Way to go guys!
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber brown. Strong alcohol taste. taste of caramel and malt. good beer.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - MAY 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was pretty interesting. Pours a very hazy and rich amber with very little head. Aroma is strong with liqour and sweet malts...a bit of wood and fruit as well. Flavor is much less intense than the aroma would suggest, but still quite complex Heavy sweetness from the malt and fruits get rounded out nicely by the bourbon, wood, and spicey overtones. Not much alcohol either, but a bit warm. Only problem I found was a slight paper flavor. Mouthfeel was very flat and a bit syrupy, but I actually think that it seved the rest of the beer well.
Lowe1983 (1343) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep amber color with a medium tan head. Aroma is very complex on this one, bourbon, oak, dark fruits, and sweet malts. Tastes very similar to the aroma. Strong taste right away of the bourbon and oak that give way to the dark fruit and sweet malts. Finishes with some alcohol warming. The perfect ending to an absolutely delicious brew. Iím glad I bought a 4 pack instead of just one bottle although it was a little costly but well worth it.
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 (3860) - 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 (1087) - 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 (4637) - 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.