Marstonlad (730) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. Pours rusty copper with a little white head. The aroma features dried fruitiness, sweet caramel maltiness and a touch of spiciness – fairly rich all in all. Taste offers plenty of variety as well: caramel malt sweetness features initially with dry fruity elements such as fig and raisin, later a subtle hoppy touch rises and adds color to the drying finish. Also some lingering oak and vanilla appear, validating the label "old" in the style category. Excellent taste both in depth and balance. The palate is medium to full bodied, soft in carbonation. A great beer in all respects.
wiedrzensky (728) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 20, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bottle. Pours is dark hazy amber with small head that lasts only for a while. Aroma of caramel, malts, yeast, light biscuity. Solid malty base, light sweet, light bitter, caramel mouthfeel. Heavy body, oily to creamy texture, soft carbonation, light bitter finish. Nice aroma, superb taste, overally awesomely ballanced beer, recommended.
odinstyr (727) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear red with barely any head. Smells of oak, dark breads, vanilla, hint of alcohol. Taste is sweet, mildly bitter - a lot of oak, vanilla, malty.
HeadyDE (727) - Delaware, USA - SEP 21, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample pour at tasting 2012 version..aroma is big and bold with booze and woody notes.mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth yet full bodied with obvious warming presence..very tasty indeed..
firstsip (727) - Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Insanely beautiful lacing. Faint nose of lightly sweet nose. Full body. Tastes of spices -- almost a Christmas ale with nutmeg, allspice. Touch of orange. ABV not overwhelming in taste profile.
Daytonbeer (726) - Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish brown with a small white head. Aroma of sweet malts and carmel. Taste is awesome and complex. Smooth, yet strong malts, sweet molasses, wood, bourbon, and raisins. I don’t know why I waited so long to buy this beer.
Beermack (725) - London, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
35cl bottle. Amber orange, thin white head. Caramel heavy aroma, with berries, figs, and sweet shortcake, touch of oakiness. Lovely deep caramel in the taste, lots of red berry, shortcake malt, light pine, some light vanilla, spices. Long berry, caramel and light pine finish. Medium/full body. Slight booziness. A lovely fireside beer, more good (and amazingly well-priced) gear from Founders.
Malin_aiisa (724) - SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber, red color, white minimal head.
Aroma of dry apricots, some notes of honey and licorice.
Taste alcoholic, sweet, black pepper strong feel. Bitter finish.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle into Snifter.
Slightly hazy dark amber-brown, almost has a pinkish-red tint in the light. Thin head, slight lacing.
Sweet and malty aroma - dark fruits (plum?, raisins?) and bourbon. Some alcohol and English hops detected.
Sweet malt goodness. Caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, plum and raisins with a slight English hop counterbalance, which is most noteworthy on the aftertaste. After warming more, I swear I tasted coconut.
Low carbonation, with a full, smooth, slightly chewy body. Nice warming effect.
Another good sipping beer from Founders, who continues to impress me. Watch out Bell’s!
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Courtesy of Juart. Pours a dark hazy murky brown with no head to speak of. A little rimming. Aroma is a rich sweet toffee with a decent oaky bourbon nose. A little chocolate covered fruit too. Sweet flavor. Almost an almond joy. Definite presence of the oak and bourbon with some vanilla and caramel. A nice fruity balance with all of the deep flavors. Body is rich and leaves a good aged scotch flavor.