pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a ruby red color, grainy, with very little to no head. The nose recalls caramel malt, molasses, light dried fruit, and just a touch of alcohol. The palate is warm and inviting, slick and smooth. The taste is mostly sweet, with just a touch of bitterness in the finish. This beer increases in enjoyment as it warms. A true sipper.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 Great Taste:
Sweet, malty, and alcoholic. Strong cracker flavors, but also wood, honey, vanilla, and potato. Thick alcoholic finish.
woodychevy (338) - - 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.
naivepegasus (334) - USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy orange amber with a thin film of off-white head. Notes of caramel and some toffee in the odor. Caramel in the taste, with some bread in there as well that fades into a hoppy bitterness, with some woody notes. I love Founders, but this is not my favorite to be honest. It’s alright.
jrmac (330) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice reddish brown color with a thin white head.Nose is definitely hoppy alcohol. Nose is slightly off putting to me. Taste is a bit smoky and ceder. Malt, hop, and hard alcohol dominate this brew. I believe this beer needs a year to mellow out, but it is very complex and still quite interesting.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours a hazy orange amber with no head, but a small white collar. Aromas of heavy caramel, vanilla, honey and malts, and booze. Flavors of sweet malts up front, honey and vanilla, with a long warm finish.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUN 19, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This the current release of this beer. Deep amber pour with a payful off white head. Vanilla bean, caramel, and sexy oak fruit on the nose. The entry is rich as the ripe peach and vanilla penetrate the taste buds. Layers of stone fruit and warm sugar blanket the senses. Warming alcohol and vanilla tannin?, flatten out the midpalate. A slight doseof hops and a dash of sour whiskey provide a less than long lived finish, as the bitterness crisps things up. Points for structure and future reward. Very good, very young. Built for the cellar first, the fireplace second. 95 with age
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish amber with pretty much no head. Aroma is very rich malt, sweet caramel, butterscotch, and bread. Taste is very sweet and malty with a perfectly balanced hop bitterness. The smooth and creamy mouthfeel goes very well with the big full body of this monster. This is really good.
Steeeve (326) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy burnt orange color with a foamy white head. As the description indicates, very reminiscent of a barley wine. Caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruits are at the forefront here. Sticky sweet with ever the faintest hint of vanilla oak, though I dont believe this one was actually oak aged. Smooth full body with a slick, completely booze-less finish. Another great brew from Founders.
kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish brown color with minimal off white head that quickly disappears. Aromas of caramel, bread, and cereal. Flavors of some oak and a mild burn at the finish on a sweet backbone.