Chaneybr (52) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a bottle into a brandy sniffer.
Ap: Hardly any head, with a burnt orange appearance.
Ar: Caramel, dark fruit (raisons, figs, dates) with a little bit of oak. The alcohol is hot!
T: On my first sip, I tasted nothing but oak and alcohol. More bitterness than sweetness. Later, I detected maple and brown sugar. Is there bourbon in this?
P: The alcohol burns the mouth, which I did not find pleasant. The texture is very thick and almost chewy.
O: The ABV is definitely detectable and then some! Even though this style is supposed to be kind of hot on the palate, this overstays its welcome in that department. Once my mouth got used to those flavors, it got better.
Overall: Iíve had this one a couple of times before and I really want to cheer for it each time because Founders is one of the best in the biz. However, even after analyzing it in my session, this still remains one of my least favorite Founders brews.
EvanFriend (197) - New York, USA - AUG 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet malt notes dominate; molasses, brown sugar. Some hop notes at the back, a faint hint of alcohol. I just had an AleSmith YuleSmith Summer IPA right before this, itís killing my palate, Iíll have to rate this again
Joelly3d (35) - Kentucky, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I expected to love this beer. Oak aged an molasses in beers I something I enjoy. I feel like it falls short of my expectation. The molasses is a bit overwhelming and it almost makes it somewhere between bitter and sour. I would say it tastes like a Wake Up Dead that went sour. Still better than most but not what I was expecting.
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thorongil2 (922) - , Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(tap) clear dark amber colour with a small tan head; aromas of toffee, stewed fruit; complex, rich, balanced flavour; very nice
Imperial_Scout (297) - Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark orange with thin white head. Caramel and some pine hops. Toffee notes with a bit of booze burn. Oily on palate with slight hop bitterness. Also tried a bottle of this a year old, which lost some hopiness but was very smooth. Great Beer
BOSSbrewer (1036) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 5, 2013
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Fantastic. Oaky. Really nice. Rated this with another app and BeerBuddy unfortunately won't let me import comments.
Welley_Alves (211) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - JUL 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excelente old ale americana, perfeita pra arrebatar o frio paulistano! Cor vermelho-âmbar, licorosa, pouca formação de espuma. Aroma de conhaque envelhecido em carvalho, intenso. Na boca, desce aveludada com ótimo corpo, com predomínio da forte carga de malte, mantendo o dulçor acentuado da breja. Amargor bem balanceado, com álcool bem inserido, aquecendo o final. Excelente breja!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
TET (1309) - FINLAND - JUL 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark copper beer with a beige and medium head. The nose of toffee and red berries, wood and some strawberries. The aroma is brittish style and despite of strong sweetness the nose is elegant and interesting. Taste of strong toffee, wood, earthyness, richness of alcohol, interesting marzipan in the end. Overally, quite dry despite of strong toffee, thus the hops are there. Medium+ bodied, smooth and pleasant to drink. Sophisticated, strong brittish ale, the great balance.
Ed5388 (1260) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep amber/copper color with a thin off white head. Lots of floaties. Aroma of oak, caramel, and sweet fruits. Big oak taste, with hints of molasses, honey, and caramel.
DedicatedToFun (1595) - SoCal, California, USA - JUL 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at World Beer Fest in Cleveland, barleywine, strong as heck, 9.8%, but good sipping beer.