bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, thanks TearsForBeers! Pours murky mahogany, a beige head with traces of lace. Vanilla bourbon aroma. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Oaky bourbon up front in the taste, followed by nuts and a dash of fruit. Dry and softly spicy finish. The complexities of the malt get crushed by the oak and bourbon. This beer probably should have spent about half as much time in the barrels as it did, so its influence on the taste ends up being somewhat more subtle than a hand grenade.
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2009 This is what happens when a boat load of malt meets up with a truck load of hops while being mixed by craftsmen of the highest order. Pure matrimony, no in fighting between two heavyweight egos of ingredients, no domination of one over the other, just the pure bliss of which we are the recipients of such art. Care is taken in the manufacturing of this beer, I guarantee it. Smells of raw honey, dairy cream and fruity hop sweetness. Looks amazing, a cloud of orangey garnet. Taste blows the joint up!! Saturated sweet smoky maltiness along with a heft that Ive rarely experienced with a finishing hop tang. Creamy decadent goodness. 2008 12 oz. Thank you Founders.
KimJohansen (10416) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark amber with large beige head. Sweet aroma with overripe fruits, roasted malt and caramel notes. Sweet flavour with roasted malt, ripe fruits, caramel and alcohol notes. Finished sweet with warming alcohol notes. Well done and full bodied.
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle, 2008 vintage. Pours cloudy pinkish amber with plenty of fine floaters and a splotchy yellow head that leaves spotty lace. Aroma is sweet, fruity (dates and apricots), with some brandy and bread. Flavor is sweet and malty with lots of fruity and some bready notes. While it tends sweet, this ale is pretty well balanced and almost a bit dry in the finish. Medium-full bodied and creamy smooth, with medium-low carbonation. Warming but not at all hot - this is damn drinkable on a winters eve. Very nice old ale.
SHANER4 (491) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle - Poured a deep copper color with small head.
Aroma - banana bread, yeasty and alcohol.
Flavor - Medium mouthfeel, yeasty and grainy.
Palate - average to light carbonation. Long strange aftertaste.
Overall - alright beer, silky smooth but aftertaste is strange.
dmac (5467) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle first purchased at EZ Liquors and then multiple 4packs from various stores since. Pours a clear reddish amber with a small light beige head. The aroma on this one is simply not to be missed....wet wood, coconut, light sherry background, vanilla, golden raisins, lots of earth. Flavor on this one had some slight barleywine hints with some caramel,vanilla and alcohol but then there was also the fresh hops and wood with a slight touch of coconut. Full bodied with strong carbonation and a slight touch of alcohol warming. This was one kick ass beer that I really really enjoyed.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bonus points for high alc. Also very smooth. I enjoyed this brew and Founders is proving to be a great brewery
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like old ale style but lack of carbonation really limits this brew. Also it is a touch too sweet. I expected moe from Founders
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opaque tan-orange with a moderate white head. Nose has sweet vanilla and bourbon, but also a very odd creamy scent: earthy, clean, almost like mud after a rain or orange without any of the citric bite. Flavor is very similar, almost exact in fact, except even more passive. Watery palate, finish is moderate in bourbon. Overall unique but rather bland, I cannot understand what the intent was here, just really odd.
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a hazy amber/copper with a dense light tan, thin head. Big aroma- vanilla sweetness is there with some dark fruit notes of plum, fig, sherry, maple, and a mild booziness. Big bodied, but never cloying. Chewy, big malt presence in the flavor. Plum, honey, dates, bitter dark fruit skins, spicy ethanol notes, but it is smooth in its booziness- almost rummy. The finish has residual toasted malt qualities along with a long resiny hop presence to dry out the initial big malt body. Despite its high gravity, it remains drinkable. This solid Old Ale may improve with time.