Weezel (79) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours really smooth with a dark amber hue and little head. Floral aromas and deep malt up front. The taste is sweet with a little hop zing in the beginning and the oak really shines lightly, but in a good way in the end. Good stuff.
Homer321 (900) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. A ton of sticky sweet malt in the nose with some wood and light fruit notes. slightly cherry. Flavor is strong malt and slightly salty. A full mouthfeel but not cloying. a slight astringency and drying sensation from the wood. helps to add complexity and balance to the beer. pretty solid and drinkable. no sign of the nearly 10% abv.
chinchill (1269) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of Jan. 2013.
Pours murky orange-brown with a small, weak head.
Aroma: sweet and boozy with a clear trace of oak.
Flavor: Mildly sweet; pretty good until the finish and aftertaste, then notably better.
Feel: medium-full body; slightly harsh (ABV); warming.
tectactoe (1058) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap: Dense copper color with a small, off-white head that fades quite quickly, though the collar thatís left still leaves behind nice splotches of lace. Aroma is a little more basic & plain that I was first expecting... Toasted maltiness, light caramel, toffee, & a big sweetness throughout. Somehow the molasses & oak are lost on me. The taste, fortunately, delivers a little more. Big malty base; toffee, caramel, very light molasses with a warm & toasted breadiness all around. Heavy oak on the back of the tongue with appreciable alcohol heat. Mid-palate shows some sweet & faintly tart fruits; apple, grape, & ripe raisins. I get some subtle cinnamon-like spiciness with a bit of bitter, floral hops in the finish. A nice beer, though perhaps a little bland for what my expectations were.
Mad_Ferret (545) - SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle @ home. Bottled 041312.
App: Clear, but with lots of particles, redish amber with a fluffy yellowed head. Nice lacings.
Aroma: Sweet sticky caramel, spun sugar, old leather, dried apricot, litchi, grapefruit and some vanilla.
Taste: Same sugary caramel sweetness with dried apricot, litchi, grapefruit and some figs. Soft vanilla and leather notes and a smooth woody finish with some licorice root in the after taste.
Palate: Medium to big body with soft carbonation and oily silky texture.
Overall: Very soft and drinkable. Sweet but not cloying. The barrel aging is delicate. I found it a bit tame. Maybe it should have been either older or younger. I was missing some bitterness.
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft to glass at the Vintner. Beautiful transparent pour with a nice red hue. Mild head with great lacing. Smells like a dry barelywine. Tastes of yeast, dates, and molasses.
alethol (94) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Really enjoyed this. Pours a murky amber with a good but smallish beige head. Rich aromas of vanilla, bourbon, malts, caramel. Complex. Taste is superb with sweetness perfectly balanced by the bitterness. Very smooth. Full body. Excellent.
hackobock (853) - SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours murky amber with almost no head. Aroma is figs, raisins, caramel. Taste is sweet caramel,
williamherbert (1199) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 26 April, 2012; drank 27 January, 2014. I have never seen a beer with this much spent yeast in it. (If itís this old, pour it slowly and let the sediment sit in the bottle. (Itís not bad for you, just kind of unsightly.) The color is a murky red-brown.
Aroma is 100% soupy, taffy malt.
The taste is nutty chocolate, mocha and a dusty molasses. The malt is sugary. Earthy basement flavors bring up the rear.
Itís halfway between a barleywine and a chocolate stout. Best sipped slowly, at room temp, from a snifter. Considering itís a Founders, there is a distinct lack of hops. Itís intense, and gives a quick buzz, but itís not their most complex or their best.
Jimsal27 (154) - New York, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Really enjoyed this one. Pours reddish copper color with little to no had. Sweet biscuit, malt aroma. Heavy molasses, toffee, vanilla taste. Very sweet but not cloying. Full bodied little carbonation. No real bitterness. Dry finish. Really liked this.