scotchzombie (325) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a translucent rusty red brown with a soapy yellow tan head that settles slowly. A bit of wet, short-lived lacing. Aroma is earthy oak, malts, molasses and darkfruits. Taste is a nice balance of dank and musty oak, sweet molasses and vanilla and prunes and a bed of bitterness. Finishes with a warming swarm of alcohol. Super smooth. Best of its style that I've had. Yum.
jonnyguns (903) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a very clear amber with only a very small sticky head. Nose is heavy sticky molasses, brown sugar, caramel and slight oak. Taste is much the same. Very thick and sticky. Toffee, caramel, oak and vanilla dominate. Slight heat from the alcohol rounds it out. Would probably benefit from ageing.
flying_pig (931) - SCOTLAND - JUL 7, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
355l Bottle from Beers of Europe website:
Strong with lots of sweetness & sugar plus some treacle. Strong caramel malts & oak just about mask the alcohol completely, only a touch comes through. Toffee, dark fruits & earthy hops all make an appearance & the beer is quite complex. Rich smelling & rounded out with some background fruits & hints of vanilla.
Deep caramel amber with a thin, 0.5cm foamy head that’s slightly off-white with okay retention given the abv. of the beer. It sits as a fine lacing just about covering the surface & there’s some sediment at the bottom of the glass.
Sweet & malty with caramel & toffee coming through alongside sugar & some alcohol that seems a touch stronger than the nose hinted it at. Dark fruits & pleasant oak & vanilla come through with some plum & raisins at the end.
Smooth with a medium to thick body that hints at being creamy. Soft carbonation & hints of alcohol from the start. Very sweet, rich, complex & definitely strong but there is enough going on to help it down easier than expected.
A beer that I really enjoyed and one that I’m glad I let sit for a while before opening up. Despite the strength of the beer it was one that went down pretty well with a great balance between flavours & I could see this being one that I would pick up again in future, assuming of course I can find it easily enough.
miyauchi38 (199) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Garrold (1214) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bier Huis, Ossett. Clear, burnished copper colour. Minimal head. Gingery, syrupy, sweet malt. Orange spice. Taste is sweet, spicy, herby, toffee dry. Palate is sticky, slow moving, sweet creaminess. Big, long, spicy bitter finish. Huge. Sticky. Lovely.
maley1 (770) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber brown pour with small off white head. Aroma of malts, caramel, vanilla and slight fruit. Taste of malts, caramel, toffee, prune, figs, vanilla and faint fruitiness and oakiness. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel, nice beer.
ScipioA (282) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber/red pour, slightly hazy with very little head. Lovely aromas to it, deep honey, caramel, and top-shelf booze. The flavor is all sweet malts and alcohol, pleasant but a little cloying. Very little hop presence, true to style but surprising from Founder’s. Thick, sticky and lightly carbonated mouthfeel typifies the style. All considered this is a decent sipping beer, seems like it would be great in a snifter by the fire.
seanpg (31) - IRELAND - JUN 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oaky woody malt forward. Bitter on bacj end and lots of malt. Not what I expected but another solid beer from founders
williamstome (851) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown pour, small tan head. Great aroma - prune, toffee, a bit of alcohol. Absolutely fantastic flavor. Oak, chocolate, prune, raisins, alcohol, figs, toffee. Smooth and chewy. Knock out of the park.
Stuu666 (1992) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours amber, nose of toffee, caramel, berries, taste is dry, rich caramel, fruity.