dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, 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.
pottygok (530) - 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.
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 (529) - 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.
BeerKurve (518) - - MAY 15, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark Hazy Orange all around. Has an aroma of oak, chocolate, caramel and citrus hops. Flavor is strong oak, caramel, citra-hops, caramel and a very strong malty backbone. Body is heavy but carbonation is light; Very very thick thanks to the molasses but a pleasure to drink! I think I may have found my new favorite beer from Founders!
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.
hohops (514) - 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.
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.
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The bar has been set!! Now this is a brew one can truly come to appreciate all year long! Excellent flavors and aromas! For an old ale this bugger is holding out like a full-bodied ale but tastes easy enough of the palate to enjoy a few throughout the day. Flavors and textures come off like a fine Chilean merlot - smooth and very fulfilling;.