shadey (1998) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2012 12oz 2006 bottle. About 1 year old. Poured into a snifter the color is a muddy brown and the head is a clumpy layer of white cream and lace. The aroma is rich caramel malts and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is equally rich but not nearly as sweet as I had anticipated. The flavors are hard to pick but I guess this just isnít my style of old ale. 6/4/5/3/11
12oz bottle. Fresh. Still not a personal favorite, but itís a sophisticated and complex beer. Lighter in color than I remember and more astringent.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Founders hits the bullseye once again with this excellent beer. Itís rare when you find a brewery that consistantly makes outstanding beer, so I know whenever I see the Founders name on the label that Iím in for something tasty. The beer pours out a deep, dark copper/amber color, 1 finger thick head with not much lacing. First aromas I could pick up were wood, bourbon, and light fruits with an underlying mapley sweet character that I found very enjoyable. Flavors were simply fantastic. The tastes that immediately hit you is the combo of oak/woody and caramel malts which is fantastic. Bourbon, light smoke and vanilla round out the flavors, but this is one hugely malty beer. I absolutely loved it.
Holtguy (135) - 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. Itís so sweet itís 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 (8701) - 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, Iím loving every second of itÖ 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 (3900) - 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 (404) - 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 Łber 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. itíd 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 Iíve had.