samsmith33 (375) - - MAY 3, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Musty, aroma reminds me of the smell of old peoples houses that I recall from collecting ad a paperboy. Great memories, terrible olfactories. App- Clear copper, small head, lasting lace. Taste- quite sour. Overly bitter and sour tastes make for a puckery feel. Endearing flavor, but takes a while to get into. Clean brew, but not smooth. After"feel" is pasta-starchy....like al dente spaghetti with no sauce.
Not a success, but I am still a fan of founders.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark cherry color, with a half inch head that fades quickly to a thin soapy cap, leaving behind a thin webbing of lace. Given the high abv, Iím not surprised that there wasnít much foam.
Smell; wow, thereís a very strong woody aroma here, as well as a what I can only describe as brandy. Is this barrel aged? Thereís dark fruits, such as cherries and dates, and Iím also picking up vanilla as this warms. This thing smells great.
Taste; starts out pretty sweet, and fruity, with cherries and dates, and then the oak barrel, and boozey flavors (almost vinous) make a significant appearance. The vanilla is there, but Iím picking up some coconut, that wasnít present in the nose, and a bit of a peppery spiciness. Finished sweet with caramel and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is full bodied, and very smooth. Dinkability is good for the style and abv, but you still wouldnít want to be drinking more than one or two of these in a nght.
sjohnny (371) - - MAY 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruit. Sweet. Malty. Pours a dark orange amber with a thick slowly fading off white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. Thick full mouthfeel. Very smooth. Clean. Sweet. Molasses. Earthy. Oaky. Slight bitterness on the finish with the slightest lingering warmth. Very nice.
badwhale (366) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to glass mug. Pours a caramel color, cloudy and almost no head. Looks like good lacing. AVB is evident in this one. Itís almost too boozy, however I kinda like it. Itís barleywine-esque, like the description says. I would keep these in the beer cellar...
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark orange with thin white head. Caramel and some pine hops. Toffee notes with a bit of booze burn. Oily on palate with slight hop bitterness. Also tried a bottle of this a year old, which lost some hopiness but was very smooth. Great Beer
Cakes (363) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
16 oz glass.
Old style ale. Slight head, bitter taste. Amber brown.
Relatively low carbonation meant there was less than a thin cap of head.
The aroma is very malt based, sweet with a honeyish background and just a bit of hops present here.
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is an incredibly smooth ale, with a smooth molasses malt to it as well.
Changed (360) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma is camarel, biscuits, quite sweet. Flavor is the same, but more intense. Carbonation is quite low, mouth feel is almost creamy. Even served not-warm-enough, this beer doesnít smash you over the head with the alcohol content, despite the 9.8% rating. Great beer from Founders.
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I think this is one of the best beers I’ve ever had. It pours a dark ruby with an eggshell head. It’s aroma screams apricot, and
raisins,with a hint of toffee. The flavor is reminiscent of it’s aroma, very dark and sweet. It really does taste like candy. Cheers!
woodychevy (358) - - 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.