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.
Advocate_Ames (513) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The appearance is not much to go crazy over. The aroma has a rich sweetness to it. I picked up on malts, carmel, and dried fruit. The flavor is very smooth and drinkable. I could taste sweet caramelized malts, oak, apricot, and plums. The finish is smooth, syrup like, malty, and full of sugar sweetness. My palate was effected mildly. Overall this was a fine beverage for its style.
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;.
Gerardgathier (512) - - JUN 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
malt raisins caramel, deep sweet taste smooth body, nice malty nose, awesome.
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with xmarcnolanx. Poured a cloudy light amber/orange body that was almost still, yet had very good legs. Aromas ov VERY dark/ripe fruits, alcohol, malty sweetness and more alcohol. Flavors of medium malt sweetness, dark fruits, alcohol, toffee and a light hop finish. Soft carbonation and a thin to medium mouthfeel. a bit thinner than expected. I love the complex malts and depth of this one.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 2/06/14 and poured 4/15/14. $3.49 a single.
Appearance: Pours a "quiet" red/orange color with a nice off-white head and lacing at the start.
Smell: Wow. Dark fruits, barrel, molasses sweetness, oak... just as I expected from the label and style. Thereís also a slight hint of booze as well.
Taste/feel: Just looking at it in the glass, it looks sweet. Thatís probably just because I know thereís molasses in it though. This beer is sweetsweetsweet, which you should figure if you know the style, see that this beer is brewed with molasses, or see that the IBUs are "only" 50 IBUs. Molasses, candied dark fruits, oak, rich and heavy caramel malts with a bit of a toasted malt aftertaste with an underlying subtle bitterness to keep it from being sickly sweet. Just looking at it in the glass should give you an idea of how it feels. Very mild carbonation with a pretty full body. Some would call it "flat", but itís a mild carbonation that Iím liking for this beer. Also, the body is big, but itís not to the point where itís syrupy/cloying. Then again, the nice depth of flavor also helps that. Donít get me wrong, it IS a very sweet beer, but itís not a chore to drink by any means. 9.8% is hidden perfectly as well.
Overall, an incredibly tasty choice for those who dig a big, bold, malty, sweet beer. It may not be something that Iíd personally drink very often (Iím already a "ticker" as it is...), but there is absolutely no denying that this is a phenomenal beer that warrants a try to any beer aficionado. I may go buy myself another single just to see how this thing ages. It is sweet as hell, but it is equally as tasty.
klm1 (509) - - APR 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish dark brown. Oak aged in whiskey barrell, so taste of vanilla, with woody whiskey flavour and cane sugar. Strong alcohol note, so perfect for winter time.