Changed (374) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma is camarel, biscuits, quite sweet. Flavor is the same, but more intense. Carbonation is quite low, mouth feel is almost creamy. Even served not-warm-enough, this beer doesnít smash you over the head with the alcohol content, despite the 9.8% rating. Great beer from Founders.
EvanFriend (373) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet malt notes dominate; molasses, brown sugar. Some hop notes at the back, a faint hint of alcohol. I just had an AleSmith YuleSmith Summer IPA right before this, itís killing my palate, Iíll have to rate this again
ScipioA (372) - 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.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark cherry color, with a half inch head that fades quickly to a thin soapy cap, leaving behind a thin webbing of lace. Given the high abv, Iím not surprised that there wasnít much foam.
Smell; wow, thereís a very strong woody aroma here, as well as a what I can only describe as brandy. Is this barrel aged? Thereís dark fruits, such as cherries and dates, and Iím also picking up vanilla as this warms. This thing smells great.
Taste; starts out pretty sweet, and fruity, with cherries and dates, and then the oak barrel, and boozey flavors (almost vinous) make a significant appearance. The vanilla is there, but Iím picking up some coconut, that wasnít present in the nose, and a bit of a peppery spiciness. Finished sweet with caramel and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is full bodied, and very smooth. Dinkability is good for the style and abv, but you still wouldnít want to be drinking more than one or two of these in a nght.
beastmaster (367) - Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. No head. Pours cloudy Amber. Aroma malt, roasty, oats, toffee. Obviously malt heavy, hard to smell the alcohol. Strong molasses taste. smooth malty sugary goodness.
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very high ratings for this but I didnít like it much. It has a malty, strong taste. Kind of reminded me of cough syrup mixed with toffee. Copper-ish brown in color with very small head.
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark orange with thin white head. Caramel and some pine hops. Toffee notes with a bit of booze burn. Oily on palate with slight hop bitterness. Also tried a bottle of this a year old, which lost some hopiness but was very smooth. Great Beer
TheBear11D (361) - 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 doesnít last long. The aroma is raisin, caramel and earthy. The flavor is earthy, raisin and caramel. Overall this is a nice brew.
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is an incredibly smooth ale, with a smooth molasses malt to it as well.
pet3rman (360) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2015 Fantastic barleywine hybrid is the best description that I can give. Big bold flavor with a heathy dose of etoh.