jrmac (330) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice reddish brown color with a thin white head.Nose is definitely hoppy alcohol. Nose is slightly off putting to me. Taste is a bit smoky and ceder. Malt, hop, and hard alcohol dominate this brew. I believe this beer needs a year to mellow out, but it is very complex and still quite interesting.
Sjohnh (329) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper brown, with a quickly vanishing head. Big aroma of burnt toffee, smoky wood and traces of umami and nut. Medium body. There is some fruity, orange peel barley wine like flavour in the background, sitting behind dark malts and strong caramel. Boozy finish. Powerful, complex, one to take seriously.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUN 19, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This the current release of this beer. Deep amber pour with a payful off white head. Vanilla bean, caramel, and sexy oak fruit on the nose. The entry is rich as the ripe peach and vanilla penetrate the taste buds. Layers of stone fruit and warm sugar blanket the senses. Warming alcohol and vanilla tannin?, flatten out the midpalate. A slight doseof hops and a dash of sour whiskey provide a less than long lived finish, as the bitterness crisps things up. Points for structure and future reward. Very good, very young. Built for the cellar first, the fireplace second. 95 with age
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy burnt orange color with a foamy white head. As the description indicates, very reminiscent of a barley wine. Caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruits are at the forefront here. Sticky sweet with ever the faintest hint of vanilla oak, though I dont believe this one was actually oak aged. Smooth full body with a slick, completely booze-less finish. Another great brew from Founders.
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish amber with pretty much no head. Aroma is very rich malt, sweet caramel, butterscotch, and bread. Taste is very sweet and malty with a perfectly balanced hop bitterness. The smooth and creamy mouthfeel goes very well with the big full body of this monster. This is really good.
anthony850 (326) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very malty with high alc.
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kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish brown color with minimal off white head that quickly disappears. Aromas of caramel, bread, and cereal. Flavors of some oak and a mild burn at the finish on a sweet backbone.
coolfunnj (323) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a sweet sugary honey molasses aroma...brown and amber clear color mild lacing..taste...a nutty caramel flavorwith some hop balace,,in a good way..overall..it went down fast
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 vintage. I gotta go against the grain on this one as I really enjoyed it. Part of the surprise is that I thought I didn’t get the barrel-aged vintage. For those who enjoy a good toffee and creamy bourbon flavour this one is done very well. On the aroma one detects notes of vanilla, caramel, Bourbon and oak. Deep crimson hue with many particles dancing throughout. Nice smooth creamy mouthfeel with sweet hints of the caramelized malt and bourbon beautifully blended together. Strong finish as your palate continues to be coated with the soft sensation of oak, candied apricots and cinnamon. Don’t let the negative reviews fool you! The 2006 vintage of this is definately a well done beer and a must try!
RamyG4 (322) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque red-golden with a small-medium off-white head. Aroma is sweet, of caramel/toffee, fruit punch, and spices like cardamom, clove, allspice. Taste is heavy sweet, medium bitter, with a ton of spice. Dry, sweet, spicy finish. Full bodied, oily texture, moderate carbonation.
I don’t know why they release this in the spring, it would be great around the holidays.