Odde (306) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
thick & malty. sweet caramel, light grape notes. nothing overly complex or challenging. enjoyed.
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper, with a thin wispy off-white head and good lacing. Smell is of dark fruit, oak, caramel and alcohol. Taste is bold and oaky, smoky sweet with caramel and a hint of vanilla and fruit. Nice alcohol kick on the back end that mingle with a touch of hops. Mouth feel is thick. syrupy, slightly viscous. A really nice brew, reminds me of a tamer version of the Immort Ale. The price may steer some people away.
ScipioA (302) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber/red pour, slightly hazy with very little head. Lovely aromas to it, deep honey, caramel, and top-shelf booze. The flavor is all sweet malts and alcohol, pleasant but a little cloying. Very little hop presence, true to style but surprising from Founderís. Thick, sticky and lightly carbonated mouthfeel typifies the style. All considered this is a decent sipping beer, seems like it would be great in a snifter by the fire.
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark ruby red with a small amount of head. On the nose I get banana, orange peel, other subtle fruit nuances in there and of course a hint of malt. Medium bodied. On the palate I get banana, more orange peel, candied fruits. Leaves a nice aftertaste on the mouth as well. Nice sweetness, but not too sweet. This may not be what I am used to in an old ale, but still a nice beer that should not be graded too harshly for being a bit off style.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a light, milk chocolate brown with a mid sized off white head. Big, rich nose. Sweet, with a definite hit of alcohol. Heavy bourbon on the nose. Thick, heavy on the alcohol. Wood tannins. Sweet toffee and vanilla. A lot, almost too much going on. This has to be the bourbon aged. I really donít like it as well as what I tried on draft in the past.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown pour with virtually no head. Aroma and flavor are of malt and fruit. Mouthfeel is flat due to low carbonation. Not a big fan.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours beautifully turbid sunburst amber with a half inch of tan foamy head - it takes awhile to form since the body is so heavy. Aroma is wonderfully floral hoppy, orange, licorice, dark fruits, bready, caramel, alcohol, spicy hops. Flavor is really malty at first, then it lightens up into dark fruits, some licorice, orange, banana, spicy hops, vanilla, and alcohol. Palate is nicely heavy and has a lot of sediment.
kkleu357 (296) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried this at a tasting in Amherst WI. I thought it was pretty good. My mom, whoís not much of a craft beer drinker, really liked it. She must have gone back for 5 or 6 glasses of it. Of course now I see that it is almost 10% ABV so I understand why she was acting a little loopy.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. There, it sat virtually still in its opaque reddish glory, obscured by a number of floaties and raising a tiny head that dissipated almost immediately. The aroma is sweet with brown sugar, grade b maple syrup, and aged wood. The flavor follows suit, with an overpowering and complex sweetness that fades into a mildly bitter finish. The texture is sweet, viscous, almost syrupy, but the body is lighter than those notes imply, making it drinkable despite the high alcohol content. Iím not a great fan of old ales, but this is a great old ale.
thefederalist (290) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - APR 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber. Aroma is woody and sweet. Flavor is of alcohol, malt and bread. Surprisingly drinkable for this gravity, though I would like a little bit more of the mineraly character.