TheBear11D (272) - Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Old Curmudgeon pours a clear ruby red color with a small beige head that doesn’t last long. The aroma is raisin, caramel and earthy. The flavor is earthy, raisin and caramel. Overall this is a nice brew.
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a light red with a small off white head. aroma of oak malt and alcohol. taste is much of the same with a stronger malt prescence. I know that was spelled wrong. damn fine beer. Kind of drunk though.
mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I really liked this one. It gave me a buzz and tickled my tongue. Hoppy and strong. Nice copper color and decent head. Sediments were floating around and I wanted another for the road oh wait 9.8 a yes sir!
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark copper with a small tan head. Raisins, toffee, and vanilla on the nose. Dark brown sugar, raisins, port and alcohol. An excellent sipping beer and one I plan to cellar for a while to see how it developes. Founders does it again.
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells of raison, honey, and butterscotch. The first sip is funky, very unique tasting beer. Has a creamy body. Tastes like a butterscotch candy mixed with vanilla, caramel, and rum. This is a peculiar beer, with lots of interesting flavors. Has a moderate bitterness, some sugary notes as well, with a lasting alcohol finish. It is low on my drinkability scale though due to its buttery, honey characteristics.
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - OCT 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. bottle at home: Pours a nice dark tarnished copper with a decently creamy but fading yellowed head. Huge malt aroma bursts over the rim of the glass. Rich caramel, honey and treacle drizzled all over the mounds of malt. Toasted light brown bread crumbled on top and just a pinch of herbal hop for garnish. All topped off with a shot of whiskey malt. The massive malt continues on the tongue with a quick hop burst. The sweet caramel, and toasted malt notes push the hops to the side and roll on to the back. Medium-full bodied brew offers a nice creaminess as it glides over the tongue. As the beer reaches the back it thins out with alcohol and rockets down your throat with a nice warming effect. The hops then jump on this chance to pop back up in to the back-sides of your mouth. The hops and pure caramel stick around and have a party until the next sip arrives. Thats a nice beer. Just a touch less alcohol and this would be a truly amazing story.
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Founders is on it again!!What a cool brew this is..barleywine-esque with the rasin/prune notes with tons of hops and dried fuit on the palate.This beast is just a tiny notch under the best beers I’ve tried this year.Cool brew that makes me realize why some people say Founders is the best brewery in the US....
aleigator (265) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a decent bubbly head, with an amber, rubinred color.
Aromas of caramel malts with a lot of toffee and a small raisin infusion, while cane sugar and molasse build the foundation with hints of vanilla and rum on top.
Begins sweet, with bready hints, which get swallowed by even sweeter sugar and molasse. These stay in balance with wooden, leathery, heavy malts, wrapped up by a slick bitterness. Has an oily, spicy maltiness to it, with vanilla and cream underneath, which defines the character of this brew. It is still pretty sweet on the palate, but without loosing its balance, as it finishes with a gentle, hoppy bitterness of matured hops and oaky hints. The alcohol gets perfectly hidden by the sweet malts, creating a smooth mouthfeel with a slick finish, while being medium-bodied.
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle to tulip, just shy of a year old:
A dark amber gold with a finger and a half of dense, lacy creme brulee head. On the nose there’s tons of figs and candied sugar. Booze really pulls through with a soft snort. On the tongue, there’s every element of the aroma with the addition of some harsh nutty bits. Far more aggressive than I was anticipating. Overall, a decent beer with all its ducks in a row but I’m going to give the other three some time to relax.
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Gabe. Poured murky brown with small head. Malty, sweet aroma with a small hint of chocolate. Taste is similar to a barley wine. Not a bad brew.