reverendj (180) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Is this liquor or beer? The faint aroma of alcohol belies its strength. Complex blend of malts, toffee, cinnamon, and a hop kicker on the finish. Wonderfully smooth feel and a nice bite on the tongue. A fitting tribute to the living legend Robert D. Raiford.
ebone1988 (176) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2013 Rerated, 2013 batch: Aroma is complex, sweet malt and bready. Appearance is darkish amber, off-white-to-beige two-finger head. Taste is sweet raisins and toffee moving toward bitter, slightly boozy. Mouthfeel starts off creamy and finishes much smoother. Overall, this is not a beer for starters, and I rerated because I first had it as a starter. Not much as changed, it does taste much better with age though.
libertine (176) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours copper with minimal head.aroma of dark cherries,molasses,oak and pepper.flavor is spot on with the aroma.full bodied,light carbonation and has an oily mouthfeel.slightly boozey and nice warming effect on the palate.finishes sweet with a little pepper at the end.another top notch beer from founders.had this before but first for me to rate it.cant say a bad thing about it.nice all around
KennethArd (173) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Packed with sweet spices in both aroma & taste. Cloudy red. Smooth & full bodied, soft carbonation.
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like leather, molasses, raisins. Pours a murky dark amber. Flavor is rich and sweet, with a dry semi-bitter finish. Strong alcohol presence. Some notes of tobacco leaf, nice sipper.
Wolfenkopf (170) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one has a wonderful nutty and caramel aroma. There was no head to speak of. The brew is similar in color to a strong tea. There’s quite a lot to the taste. It is brutally high in the alcohol taste, though it is well offset with caramel. There is also a high element of bitterness, but it did not take away from my enjoyment. Bitterness and carbonation fight hard for supremacy over the palate with no clear winner. This one is a monster and you shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to try it.
DeliveryDriver (170) - Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a slightly hazy amber with minimal off white head. Strong aromas of oak, whiskey, and alcohol, as well as molasses, butterscotch, licorice, vanilla, and a bit of nuttiness. Taste is a bit less than the aroma, but the alcohol is much more well hidden on the tongue. A bit of oak and malt on the tongue. Really big beer, with a syrupy mouthfeel. Long whiskey and molasses finish. This one is highly recommended.
Tomy63 (169) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - NOV 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Couleur ambre clair, reflets oranges. Nez sur le sirop, le sucre, la marmelade d’orange, appelle une bière épaisse et un peu acidulée. La bouche est sur le caramel, très confite et sucrée, beaucoup d’orange, un côté aigre-doux, un peu d’acidité. Texture épaisse, sirupeuse même. Un peu d’amertume en fin de bouche. L’alcool ne se sent pas. Finale assez longue, un peu amère, aigre, toujours de la marmelade d’orange, un peu d’épices. Mais ça devient vite écoeurant, trop de sucre
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours caramel brown with no head or lacing. Aroma is very caramelly with plenty of candied cherries and almond notes. Smells a bit like orgeat. Full bodied. Flavor is lacking a bit. The alcohol is apparent. Brown sugar and spices on the order of pumpkin pie, but not as good.
This is good, but not enough going on for me.
Busick (167) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a great old ale from a stellar producing brewery. Aromas are very similar to barleywines but the taste is sweeter in my opinion. Get your hands on one if you haven’t already.