kopher (593) - New York, USA - OCT 23, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
really nice malty aroma with alcohol, caramel, and lots of chocolate chip cookie dough. smooth and sweet, heat from alcohol and some hop bitterness keep it from being cloying. thick, almost syrupy body with very low carbonation. really it’s the aroma here, really nice malt.
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sampled on tap, poured dark with tan head. Aroma is toasted biscuit malt with a little carmel and toffee but mainly roasty toasty. Taste is very bitter with a strong bitterness. Body is medium to full with a thick feel.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep copper/amber/brown in color with a thin off-white head. Aromas are of caramel, milk chocolate, spice…mmm. The palate was rich, concentrated, round and well-balanced with a touch of bitter hops on the finish. This was a wonderfully balanced high gravity ale that may age well but is so well-balanced now I don’t see a huge upside.
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle at The CoffeeBar. Pours hazy orange with fuzzy white head. Great aroma of pine and vanilla, hints of caramel and perfume. Great sweetness, and a touch of dry earthy bitter finish. Very solid old ale, with just a hint of alcohol. This would be absolutely amazing with just a bit more age.
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (2012, opened in 2014). Pours orange/amber with no real head. Aroma is honey, floral, blood orange. Taste is thick, gloopy with lingering sweetness. Again, lots of honey/sherry flavor here. I would’ve called this a barleywine in a blind taste. Perhaps some oxidation issues with this bottle. Malt is quite sweet but there is some balance.
coachd (582) - Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is hard to place - sort of like a scotch ale with its maltiness, but a little more spicy. Pours a great amber color with a surprisingly large off white head that takes a while to dissipate. The taste is malty but not sweet, instead bitter with some boozy undertones. Very drinkable for 9.8% ABV. Call me crazy, but I found it to taste like an imperial IPA crossed with a coffee stout. I don’t always like oak aging, but it really comes across nicely in this one, enhancing the aftertaste considerably. The palate was slick with a bitter and slightly oaky finish that lasts until your next sip. I was reluctant to try this because it says it is similar to a barleywine, which I am not a fan of. The barleywine characteristics in this one are slight, and overall it’s a must try. Founders, you have impressed me once again.
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 Pours ruddy orange with a thin whispy head. Not getting alot from the nose but the taste is pleasant. Light but malty with plum, molasses, fig, and raisin. A hint of oaked vanilla lingers on the palette. Nice.
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ Red Bones. Pours an opaque chestnut color with small tan head. Aroma is sweet dark fruits. Taste is very chewy with sweet malts, raison, cherry, and earthiness. There is a bit of alcohol in the finush. but not in a bad way at all. Great beer.
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky copper body; thin head. Aroma - mandarin orange, rusted pipes. Texture of wet clay, paper maché. Extremely musty old-world malt flavor. Some plum flavor. Moderate bitterness of old hops conjures up tree bark(?), chalk(?). Alcohol adds to the body but not to the flavor. Very unique; I don’t have any other beers to use as a reference point for comparison. 2 bottles over 2 weeks before I feel comfortable entering a rating. I did like this.
joshwoodward (575) - - APR 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite tasty, hides its alcohol relatively well. Some hoppiness, bitter. Creamy. No sourness. Very complex. I’d love to try a "half" version of this.