commonmac (531) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by rosskyle. Consumed during the Final Four. Minimal head on an amber/copper colored old ale. Aroma is sweet with bubblegum and tropical fruit. The sweetness surprisingly kind of disappears as the taste sip begins. Alcohol presence, little peat, and an underlying sugary quality as it progresses. Caramel and molasses. Finishes with an element of bitterness with a last second rush of sugar. Overall it has a higher alcohol double IPA feel to it. Very satisfying. Like a curmudgeon who has consumed his fair share of Werthers.
brigg (530) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) A hazy-red, bubbling body with a small tan head. The aroma is rich and sweet with malt; strong alcohol and notes of fruit. Flavor is strong and alcohol and sweet malt; notes of caramel, vanilla, bourbon and wood. Body is full and soft with carbonation.
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep but clear ruby-amber with a gentle 1/2" head. Aroma is rich caramel, bread, nuts, chocolate, and a minor spicy hop note, smells like a slightly amped-up Dirty Bastard. Taste is dark fruit, caramel, a hint of chocolate, and a long satisfying alcohol warmth. The taste really lingers in your mouth for a while... kinda wish I was drinking this in the dead of winter but I guess I’ll just save a few bottles for that purpose! Body is delightful--medium/heavy body with a creamy texture and just enough carbonation to make each sip froth up and go down oh so smooth. Overall, a fantastic malt-centered ale that I believe will age with the utmost of grace.
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper colour with a small off-white head leaving some lazing on the snifter. Aroma is very sweet malty with notes of dark fruit, caramell, alcohol and pure sugar. Flavour is sirupy malts, various fruit, alcohol heat with notes of raisins, caramell and carmelised sugar. The finish is woody, hot and somewhat dry. Not very balanced but still quite tasty, mouthfeel is smooth.
bobaidan (522) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a gorgeous reddish brown with a small head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and alcohol. A bit thick with good carbonation. Flavor is sweet and complex. Vanilla, caramel and alcohol are up front with a nice hop and honey finish.
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Caramel colored thin white head. Sweet malty caramel. Booze. Light smooth finish.
pottygok (518) - 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.
akoeninger (518) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked up this beer in a 4 pack on a whim. I’ve always been satisfied by my experiences with Founders brewery and this was no exception. This old ale pours an enticing red amber hue with minimal head and a slight haze. The smell is sweet with hints of bourbon, its quite a treat to smell this beer. The taste follows the aroma, full of sweet malt, alcohol, bourbon, and syrup. This was a surprisingly good beer, I haven’t had too many old ales before, but if this is any indicator, it is definitely a style I will be exploring more.
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 31, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, 12oz, bottled 2009.
Pours a dark amber with a beige head.
Smells of candi sugar, spice, caramel, prune juice, and definite bourbon with plenty of malt.
Tastes of a heavy sweetness, a lot of fruitiness, some coconut, vanilla, a mild bitter and some tartness.
Texture is superbly creamy. Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Finishes with a mild salty tartness.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin dark carmel color. It is intense but in a very pleasing and warming way. Dark fig and cherry fruit. Bourbon flavor is rather strong but not overpowering. Not my style and still great.