bigben873 (132) - Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slight caramel aroma in a medium brown cloudy ale. Very malty like a barleywine but not nearly as smooth. Strong flavor but a bitter finish.
high_on_hops (620) - Burlingame, California, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a medium amber brown with a short tan head. It has a great malty, woody aroma and a flavor of rich malt and oak with a slightly hoppy backbone and rich finish.
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Lightrider (311) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into a tulip glass. Pour is a dark honey amber. Aroma is strong, with the oak and rich malts. Taste is very strong with a nice sweetness over the crisp Oaks and thick malts. Finish is very full bodied. This is a world class ale.
4theluvofbeer (90) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice mahogany-amber pour. Sweet aroma of caramel and some nuts. Flavour is malt, toffee, vanilla and some light fruits.
ciaranc (875) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 31, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330 ml bottle from Redmonds. Toffee coloured pour, clear, foamy off white head, doesn’t last, settles to a residue. Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, oak, brandy in the aroma - extraordinary! Flavour is more of the same, sweet, luscious caramel, toffee notes, some alcohol warmth. Thick, lush mouthfeel. Very low carbonation, long complex finish. Wow.
pottygok (469) - Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Caramel and nuts with hints of fresh bread.
Appearance: Dark amber with tan head that dissipates quickly.
Taste: Light sweetness balance by a light sourness.
Palate: Full body, creamy sticky texture, soft carbonation, long finish.
Overall: A bit too malty for my taste, but still a really well developed beer. Quite nicely done.
ttoadee (644) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark copper pour, small tan head. Molasses, caramel, and alcohol in the nose. Sweet. Middle is full bodied with a solid mouth-feel. Finish is more fresh caramel, with a hint of wood, and finally some drying hop bitterness. Went really nice with a lamb hot pot!
Caytinator (943) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a reddish clear color with a small off-white head. The aroma is quite interesting, it’s very smelly with gingerbread and other spicy notes. Taste is very good, matches aroma. Lots of complexity, alcohol is insidious. Resinous mouthfeel. Not my favorite, it’s borderline skunky, but interesting enough to keep me coming back for another!
boozedude (1789) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle shared with pal nams josh haks drive at club w, dark potent, but smooth, I like it
woodychevy (354) - - MAY 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle at a dinner party. Founders really can do no wrong for me.
Pours a reddish brown with a small white dissipating head. Nose is super malty, caramel, sweet, molasses. Taste is really smooth- the 10% alcohol is hidden well- although it is there in the finish if you pay attention. Taste is tons of malts- although it is not overly sweet- with earthiness, pine, vanilla, bourbon, and citrus coming to the party. Subtle and smooth. Kind of makes one wish for the local watering hole in a sea faring port on a cold stormy night.