icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Dark orange/amber with nearly non-existent head
Aroma: Booze, vanilla, bourbon, mollasses, oak
Taste: Dark malts, vanilla, slight back of the palate tinge
Palate: Lively mouthfeel. Warming finish and aftertaste
Overall: The malt backbone stops well short of barleywine class, resulting in a really smooth, flavorful, warming beer.
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours dark orange/red with a tiny white ring of head. Aroma of oranges, dark fruits, perfume, molasses - all quite subtle. Flavour very similar. some cardamom and English malts. Not very exciting. OK.
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours copper bronze, minimal head. Sweet malt with a bit oí hint of molasses sulfur aroma. Taste is sweet and beery. Not bad for malt liquor.
stoutnick (830) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown caramel pour. Smells of candied fruits. Taste is BIG sweet toffee and a strange yeasty aftertaste. Full bodied. Not my favourite Founders nor Old Ale. Okay.
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cranberry and apple aroma. Taste has noted of bitter berries, vanilla, wood and tart cherry. Finish is bitter cherry with a boozy afterglow.
LetsGoState (823) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance is small white head with hazy orange color. Aroma is sweet with some of that oak aging. Taste is spice with sweet malt with hints of the oak aging. Overall pretty good, but not great.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finishing up my little MI or almost MI brew sampling fest with myself. And on top of that, hitting 450 rating. Exciting. Pours a really thick syrupy looking hazy brownish. Nose is huge bourbon vanilla, with a cherry-appley bubblegum aroma that really makes this thing go. Flavor is again bourbony, with a terrific mix of fruits and vanilla. Overall, it goes down really smooth, even at 9.3%, with a really wonderful fruit-oak taste. Iím thinking on tap, just like its fellow Founder brews Breakfast stout and their Imperial Stout, on tap this is probably a 5.0. But in bottle, Iíll go 4.4. Founders is really doing some good tihngs, and I look foward to upcoming releases, and hopefully another brewpub stop.
hohops (821) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured into a snifter. Appearance is amber with a small, diminishing white head. Big aroma of caramel, raisin, malt and hops. Full-bodied taste with caramel and maltiness with a very bitter finish. Very good, does not feel like 9.8% at all.
DrunkSanta410 (815) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Maltitude. Poured into a glass, appearance is dark amber with little brown head. Aroma is sweet blend of malts, with notes of caramel, maple syrup and brown sugar. Smells nice. Taste is very malty, again caramel malts, hints of molasses or maple syrup, some roasty / toasted notes as well. Slight bitterness, but not a huge hop profile detectable. Easy to drink. High ABV is not noticeable. Palate has low carbonation, robust mouthfeel. Not bad, a little too sweet for my taste.
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper-ish color. Nice-sized head, average retention, and thin, inconsistent rings of lacing. Smells like whiskey, brandy, or rum - and chocolate, of all things, along with the accompanying molasses. Maybe some fruit and cake, too. Well, that sure is different. Taste: mega boozy malt bomb. Oak. Very tart! Nose burns after first taste. Second taste: similarly potent. Also noticing lots of acid. Says it has the sweetness of a barleywine, but itís not that heavy-bodied despite everything else going on. Wow. Definitely not having an entire bottle of this tonight. A small pour is more than enough. Some neat things going on here, but itís all rather over-the-top. Recommended, but with plenty of caution. My eyes are even watering.