Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber color with an off-white head that doesn’t last very long. Aroma is of sweet malt with some notes of fruit, caramel. Flavor follows aroma with sweet malt, caramell and a distinct note of alcohol with a hint of whisky/bourbon?. Flavor lasts a decent while, mouthfeel is light-medium body. Overall a delicious beer, would buy again.
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2011, I think). Poured a medium amber color with minimal white head. Aroma was a bit sweet with a hint of alcohol. The flavor was some caramel and malt with just a touch of hops. I’d get this one again, it was pretty good.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz. Bottle. My 100th rating. Has a dark mahogany appearance with a thin lacing white head. Pungent nose with aged wood, bourbon and sugary fruits. Flavor is dominated by heavy doses of malt and caramel. Malt flavors manifest themselves as dark fruit, vanilla and sugarcane. Carbonation is low which lends a vintage character to the beer. Has the texture of slightly watered down maple syrup which is great because its thick, but not like drinking malt extract. Has a tiny Bourbon kick on the finish and leaves a short sugar coating on the tongue. Maybe still a bit hot at the moment, but can’t wait to see what it tastes like after a year or so.
jarow (237) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle. Pours dark brown with almost no head. Nose is malt malt and more malt. Caramel, some vanilla bourbony notes, slight alcohol. Smooth and quite drinkable for the strength, sweet with another heavy dose of caramel malt, bourbon.
aenima (236) - Askim, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2013 Very nice aroma of raisins, figs and dark fruits. The taste is similar with some additions of oak. The oakiness gets a little bit dominating for my taste. Should maybe have been a little sweeter. Anyway, I really liked this one!
Dan269605 (235) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - JUL 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish, amber pour, smaller white head. Boozy aroma with caramel, malt and basement? Taste is sweet, malty, boozy. Palate is good, but definitely feel the alcohol. Nice beer, but just one a night.
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a pretty good aroma that sweet and full of molasses. Taste is similar and malty.
fitwitchik (234) - USA - APR 4, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle into a Founders Brewing Co. snifter clear caramel.
Aroma is sweet-so sweet with some booze reminds me of maple syrup.
Flavor reminds me of a strong barleywine with more malt. Rich & thick. So nice and well done. Each year I look forward to this brew & each year I am happy to consume. Satisfied.
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a good beer, but seems a little potent for an Old Ale. It reminds me more of a barleywine than an old ale. Nice caramel flavors with a good supporting body to balance out all the flavor and alcohol. It just reminds me more of a barleywine
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours medium brown, with dark ruby tinting. Minimal head forms and quickly dissipates. Lacing is thick and fairly sticky.
Big malty sweetness. Slight buttery smell with a touch of vanilla. Somewhat bourbon or scotch like. Mild hints of dark fruits. Mild fusel alcohol.
Big malts dominate here, also. Sweet and rich. Dark bread notes. Raisins. Nice caramel notes. Alcohol presence cuts the sweetness and offers a very nice amount of balance.
Full flavored and not for the weak.
For those who like scotch ales, or just plain scotch whiskey, for that matter, this is highly recommended.
Thick, viscous and oily. This one definitely qualifies as ’chewey’. Yet still smooth.
Very low carbonation levels.
This one is a good example of why I like Old Ales so much. Also, why Founders is becoming one of my favorite breweries. So much of their line is just damn tasty.
I could drink alot of these.