Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick, viscous dark amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is malty. Mouthfeel is thick. Taste is malty without being overly sweet. It has a slight alcohol finish....very warming.
ewestern (256) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Amber colored pour with not much head. Weak aroma of alcohol, spices and citrus. It was almost like watered down whiskey with just about the same burn in the belly. Softened a bit as it warmed up but that almost made it worse. Some definite fruits an malt flavor in there as well. I think if the liquor taste was not so prevalent this would be much better.
mstrcrwly (256) - New York, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just poured into tulip glass..rusty,burgundy color with thin head..great aroma of fruit, caramel, wood and all spices..excellent flavor..malty all the way..lingers really well on the palate..reminds me of a barleywine..av winner top to bottom.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Caramel head, deep ruby red body. For them talking up the maltiness, I tasted a good blast of bitter hops, perhaps drawn out by the alcohol. Bourbon character messed up with the strange, sweet yet weak malt. My 4-pack was dominated by alcohol. After one of these my friend asked if I was drinking whiskey from my ceramic mug. He could smell the booze on my breath from 3 feet away. 4 pack = $13!!
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark honey/amber color with a small off white head. Very sweet and malty nose, lots of dark fruits, caramel, some light spices, and a touch of alcohol. Dark fruits are strong on the taste as well, some caramel and molasses, candy sugar, smooth, sweet, a few "holiday" spices I canít put my finger on, and very malty. I need to try this fresh again to compare the two, though this is pretty damn tasty.
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma- caramel, dark fruits, oak, bourbon, maple syrup
Appearance- copper/rust orange, thin white head, massive alcohol presence
Taste- big malty sweetness upfront, caramel, figs, maple syrup
Palate- slick mouthfeel, decent body, feels right
Overall- More like a barleywine than an Old Ale to me but very nice nevertheless. Complex and rich but highly drinkable. Founders, as always, delivers.
mcnealc31 (250) - Elida, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy orange thatís just on this side of brown. Virtually no head. Oak, raisins, and must in the aroma. The flavor is mostly oak and molasses. Bit of punch from the 9.8% ABV. A touch of bitterness from the hops at the end. Itís a sipper, but something different comes out with every sip, including maple syrup.
Spend a lot of time enjoying this one.
aenima (250) - 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!
Maltser85 (250) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an orange copper reddish color with a khaki head. Aroma of malt, sweet notes, bready notes, vanilla notes, Palate has not a lot of carbonation and is sweet caramel bready notes with vanilla and molasses. Good but its a bit thin for what it is, IMO.
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2009 This is what happens when a boat load of malt meets up with a truck load of hops while being mixed by craftsmen of the highest order. Pure matrimony, no in fighting between two heavyweight egos of ingredients, no domination of one over the other, just the pure bliss of which we are the recipients of such art. Care is taken in the manufacturing of this beer, I guarantee it. Smells of raw honey, dairy cream and fruity hop sweetness. Looks amazing, a cloud of orangey garnet. Taste blows the joint up!! Saturated sweet smoky maltiness along with a heft that Ive rarely experienced with a finishing hop tang. Creamy decadent goodness. 2008 12 oz. Thank you Founders.