41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2009 This is what happens when a boat load of malt meets up with a truck load of hops while being mixed by craftsmen of the highest order. Pure matrimony, no in fighting between two heavyweight egos of ingredients, no domination of one over the other, just the pure bliss of which we are the recipients of such art. Care is taken in the manufacturing of this beer, I guarantee it. Smells of raw honey, dairy cream and fruity hop sweetness. Looks amazing, a cloud of orangey garnet. Taste blows the joint up!! Saturated sweet smoky maltiness along with a heft that Ive rarely experienced with a finishing hop tang. Creamy decadent goodness. 2008 12 oz. Thank you Founders.
mcnealc31 (245) - Elida, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy orange that’s just on this side of brown. Virtually no head. Oak, raisins, and must in the aroma. The flavor is mostly oak and molasses. Bit of punch from the 9.8% ABV. A touch of bitterness from the hops at the end. It’s a sipper, but something different comes out with every sip, including maple syrup.
Spend a lot of time enjoying this one.
tdmuel (244) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark honey/amber color with a small off white head. Very sweet and malty nose, lots of dark fruits, caramel, some light spices, and a touch of alcohol. Dark fruits are strong on the taste as well, some caramel and molasses, candy sugar, smooth, sweet, a few "holiday" spices I can’t put my finger on, and very malty. I need to try this fresh again to compare the two, though this is pretty damn tasty.
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy dark copper with a fair light tan head and a little lace. Aroma is of chocolate, sweet malts, caramel and some fruit. Nice flavor, some alcohol at the end, but very drinkable at 10%. Similar to a barley-wine but with more focus on the malts.
bretupdegraff (242) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark copper brown pour with nice small head that left very nice lacing - armoa was not very strong but smelled of malts, palate is smooth and silky= flavor is of malt/dark fruit - at first I thought this was not going to match my taste with the dark fruit but I couldn’t stop drinking it. nice balance of Malt and Hops for my taste. I like the malt but need the bitter offset to please my palate! This Old Ale reminds me of the Sam Adams that I had at the Oyster Bar in Boston (that was made solely for the restaurant) Since, I likely won’t be in Boston again soon, I am glad I found this one - in fact I think this is better as there is more of a hoppy presence. Hides the ABV well in taste! I wish I lived in Grand Rapid so I could enjoy more Founders!
Cbuk1013 (242) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with a thin creamy head. Smell is malty caramel.
Taste is light roasted malts with a note of bourbon on the finish. A good example of an old ale.
entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark copper/ruby/brown color with no head to speak of unlees agitated. Crazy aroma of of brandy and bourbon and vanilla and oak an licorice. Very peculiar in a great way. This is a unique brew. Full bodied and sweet. Low carbonation. Slick on the palate and a flavor similiar to whiskey with corn syrup and fruit. Like Makers Mark and canned peaches. I suspect that ageing will change the character of this beer and it will be interesting to open a bottle every six months or so.
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 Not a bad brew. Smell and taste are like whiskey/bourbon/wine? Way to over the top on the bourbon flavor. It over rides any real beer characteristics. Maybe I need another one and need to let it sit a while...
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky orange, with a tiny tan head. Aroma is sweet, darkly fruity, roasted malts. Flavor follows suit, almost suggesting a barleywine, with sweet malts, toffee, and strong fruit tones (subtle citrus, apricot). Finishes with earthy notes, slight smoke and peat. Interesting, although not something I’m eager to drink too often. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden for such a big beer.
BierFiend (240) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy amber with off white head. Smells of caramel and sweets. Tastes sweet, alcohol, light bitter, and light sour. Has a thick mouth feel with light carbonation.