MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: being as the rating guide indicates that "aroma is one of a beerís most complex features," I wish I were better at rating an aroma, unfortunately, even with the appropriate glassware, I had tremendous difficulty getting any strong whaft whatsoever, only subtle sweet, it is as if this beer holds in its aroma in exchange for its wonderfully complex taste; Appearance: hazy, light brown bordering on tan, looks rather unfiltered, thin tan head on pour that quickly dissipates; Taste: just fantastic, right off the bat, it reminded me of the Chimay series, but I think this one has a better balance between the up front sweetness and the bitterness that lingers on the palate only after the swallow, also, it is easy to pull out the bready, more doughy actually, aspect that the malt gives it; Palate: as said, the bitterness lingers in a wondeful way, it hides and waits its turn, in no way getting in the way of the sweetness and maltiness that you get to enjoy with each swallow; Overall: this beer is wonderful, as my first beer from Founders, I must say I am absolutely impressed, after inspecting the ratings given to several other Founders offerings, I am eager to give this line of brews more attention, find a curmudgeon and share a draught of this fine beer with him!
Augdraught1981 (87) - Harlem, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a year old bottle I had cellaring. Pours a dark reddish brown with thin head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, caramel, alcohol & some fruit. The palate is thick and the alcohol is evident with a lot of oak & dark sugar but not as overpoweringly sweet as I remember this being when I first tried it. The flavors have rounded out nicely over a year. Very powerful & strong ale with strong character.
fakebeersnob (87) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a muddy amber color with little head. Has a sweet taste (maybe some vanilla in it...but sweet malts and caramel or toffee too), but with an oaky presence. Initially I think of bourbon age due to the oaky flavor and the hint of alcohol, but further drinks disproves it. Low carbonation. Has a sticky mouthfeel that I enjoy. It is a sipping beer. Had it on bottle and on tap.
Jvezp (86) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was very pleased with this beer, I could smell the alcohol right away so i wasnít sure what to expect being 10% ABV. But itís a great ale, you donít taste the alcohol that much, itís a nice malt bomb. Taste like caramel and ripe dates with a smooth likeable alcohol finish. Very drinkable!! Iím gald iíve got 2 left!
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a great dark ruby red with a off white head. The aroma is of dark fruits, vanilla and oak. The taste is very rich malt with a lot of sweetness. It really is almost Barleywineíish. It very smooth with a touch of alcohol. Thank you to Rael at Mission Liquors for the share.
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle: A cloudy brown pour with a slight head that dissipates. A lush aroma of sweet malt, cream, coconut, bourbon and slight alcohol. The flavor is mellow sweetness with the bourbon aging blending and melding very nicely. Itís not obtrusive at all. In fact, it gives a nice complimentary sweet and creamy coconut like flavor. A slick creamy mouth feel and full body make this very drinkable despite the 9.3 ABV. This is an excellent beer. I think I"ll grab another.
wickster (83) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Now this is a sipping beer! Fantastic aroma, almost a charred wood smell to it with a sweetness rivaling a barleywine. Pours a dark amber with lots of sediment floaties (this was sitting in my beer fridge for a while I must admit)
Personally I find this one best after sitting out in its glass for about 10 minutes so it warms up a tad.
Chrisxx25 (82) - - MAY 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I smell cherry, alcohol, oak, whiskey, plenty of malts and a little funk. Taste is caramel, light pine hops, a bit of whiskey, cherry, melons, brown sugar and bready malts. Alcohol is noticable but incorporated well. Palate is medium with some carbonation. Overall a little harsh but it was very different and interesting. Would age well for sure.
suchen (81) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep amber/mahogany with very little head. Smelled like oak or bourbon aging malty goodness. Taste was the same with a surprising bitterness which I learned afterward was due to blending e.s.b. type beer and barleywine. Thick beer but very drinkable. Yum.
slipy120 (81) - Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
The aroma is strong of grain and you can smell the alcohol (seeing as this beer is 9.8% ABV that is normal). The color is almost red and the when poured there is a very small head that disappears almost immediately. It is sweet with a bitter finish but not as bitter of a finish as in stouts. Overall good beer and another reason I am happy to have Founders in town.