gpekar (470) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy, rich, dark, orange amber with some bits of sediment suspended in the beer. There was a tall beige head at first, but it reduced to about 1/2" rather quickly and just a film eventually. There was a good caramel/toffee sweet aroma and just a hint of chocolate. The beer had a thick creamy texture with a good toffee flavor and a nice alcohol warmth upfront. The alcohol and hops leave a bit of a bite and the warmth lasts well into the finish. There is a nice bit of a bourbon flavor as well that comes through. Excellent beer!!!!!!!
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong alcohol and malt aroma with a taste to match. Beautiful amber appearance and warming mouthfeel.
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awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours copper/orangish/brown. Interesting taste of carmel, malts, and hopy spices. Slight fruit undertone, warm smooth mouthfeel. Taste is big, rich, and full. You’ll want to sip this one. Not lacking in complexity at all. 9.3% ABV is not overwhelming. I’m going to attempt to age my 2nd bottle for around 12 months and see the difference.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JUN 14, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz brown bottle served in a snifter. Poured a clear reddish copper with a finger of off white head. Big complex aroma of malt, oak, and some hops. Full bodied and rich. Flavors of chocolate and vanilla from the oak. A bit hoppier than an British style old ale. Long finish with more oak and chocolate. A big, rich flavored beer with a lot of different flavors going on. Nice!
Sizzler80 (464) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber pour with a thin dirty white head. Caramel, vanilla, dank, woodne barrel, grass, booze, slight pine. Syrupy with soft carbonation. The booze is there but doesn’t overpower.
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - MAR 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taste 3/9 Bottle. Looks: Brown murk with a trace of bubbles around the rim. Aroma: Bourbon and sweet malts, some alcohol and mild raisin. Taste: Rich and sweet followed by bourbon and spice with a bit of hops an the finish.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours nice red brown clear tab head smells tastes of booze caramel toffee bitter spices maybe cherry. Thin. Weird first bite then smooth then bitter. Not really a big fan of this one.
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy copper color with the aroma of bourbon. The body is rich, malty and dry as expected. The flavor is very deep and smooth with a strong bourbon presence and a mixture of roasted malts.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. First had a sample at the 2007 World Beer Festival in Durham. Now onto the proper rate. Pours a hazy, ruby cider color. Lots of floaties. Medium sized, khaki head. Aroma of dark fruits, toffee. Flavor is smooth and different. Leans heavily on the malty side, but there are underpinnings of hop bitterness and licorice. A very earthy mouthfeel. Finish is slightly bitter. Another tasty offering from Founders.
Hanoi (461) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nose is rich molasses, brown sugar, marzipan, slight brandy. Taste is rich, vanilla, brandy butter, brown sugar, booze, leading to dry leather and oak, some dark chocolate and earth then an oily pine finish. MOuthfeel is slick.
An outstanding beer that is maybe just a touch to bitter in the finish for my personal preference.