nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. Mahogany colored pour with a thin and sticky yellowish head. Hugely malty aroma of caramel, toffee, honey, with oak and vanilla prevalent also. Spiced backdrop, apple pie, faint resiny hops. I think they could have called this a scotch ale just as easily as an old ale. The flavor isn’t as nice as the aroma - woody, vanilla, caramel. Alcohol is very well hidden, long bitter and burnt sugar like finish. Barely there sweetness. Seltzer like bubbles, medium bodied. Really close to being excellent, but still very good.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 bottle, courtesy of drowland, pours a deep amber, deep and malt,sweet, little to no hops. Very nice.
beerme31 (645) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy light brown color. Aroma is very malty, bread, caramel, toffee. Medium sweet taste. Full body, thick and smooth texture. Can definitely taste the alcohol in the finish but it is quite subdued. Enjoyed the oak flavor. Nice ale overall.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy, muddy orange color with lots of sediment (no matter how much I tried to minimize this) with no head to speak of. Aroma is bourbon. Period. Flavor is dominated by bourbon, but dark fruit and peaches emerge along with some woodiness. Warm, bitter, dry finish. A well crafted and complex beer.
Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a murky brown topped by a film but no head. Aroma was of watered down bourbon with some sweetness and dark fruits. First taste was WTF is this. Tastes like a mid quality strong ale with a shot of scotch tossed in. I loathe scotch and that killed it right there. It faded as it warmed. I’ll have to try one at room temp and see if it still sucks.
blackflag321 (643) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2015 Bottle pour to snifter. This was a 2-year old bottle. Red-amber with suspended particulates, almost no head. Thin, warm finish. More subdued, smoother than fresh. Fresh is brash dark fruit, malt, booze. This is more subdued and smoother. Like the fresh version, this vintage grows on you as you get to the second half of your glass.
jbrana (640) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly sweet with some piney bitterness to balance it out. Has some really nice caramel flavors, molasses, maple syrup, and some slight dark fruit. Not overly sweet.
a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of treacle, reminds me of my mum baking cakes when I was a kid; looks deep brown, hint of gold, clear; negligble head and looks flat; tastes smooth; nice tingle of carbonation; lots of sticky malts; hint of whiskyish saltiness; ok, but far from amazing and difficult to plough through - would be better served in nips.
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a transparent brown with little head. nice aroma has some alcohol in it. very smooth beer. hides the alcohol quite well. founders creamy toffee taste. another great one from founders.
kkleu357 (634) - 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, who’s 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.