4theluvofbeer (86) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice mahogany-amber pour. Sweet aroma of caramel and some nuts. Flavour is malt, toffee, vanilla and some light fruits.
wickster (85) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Now this is a sipping beer! Fantastic aroma, almost a charred wood smell to it with a sweetness rivaling a barleywine. Pours a dark amber with lots of sediment floaties (this was sitting in my beer fridge for a while I must admit)
Personally I find this one best after sitting out in its glass for about 10 minutes so it warms up a tad.
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - DEC 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a great dark ruby red with a off white head. The aroma is of dark fruits, vanilla and oak. The taste is very rich malt with a lot of sweetness. It really is almost Barleywine’ish. It very smooth with a touch of alcohol. Thank you to Rael at Mission Liquors for the share.
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle: A cloudy brown pour with a slight head that dissipates. A lush aroma of sweet malt, cream, coconut, bourbon and slight alcohol. The flavor is mellow sweetness with the bourbon aging blending and melding very nicely. It’s not obtrusive at all. In fact, it gives a nice complimentary sweet and creamy coconut like flavor. A slick creamy mouth feel and full body make this very drinkable despite the 9.3 ABV. This is an excellent beer. I think I"ll grab another.
Chrisxx25 (82) - - MAY 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I smell cherry, alcohol, oak, whiskey, plenty of malts and a little funk. Taste is caramel, light pine hops, a bit of whiskey, cherry, melons, brown sugar and bready malts. Alcohol is noticable but incorporated well. Palate is medium with some carbonation. Overall a little harsh but it was very different and interesting. Would age well for sure.
Mastelefish (81) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an amber-brown with a thin white head. Smells of chocolate and caramel are strong at the nose. Has a medium-thick body, medium bitterness, and a pleasant chocolatety aftertaste. Definitely would recommend, but is on the stronger side.
suchen (81) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep amber/mahogany with very little head. Smelled like oak or bourbon aging malty goodness. Taste was the same with a surprising bitterness which I learned afterward was due to blending e.s.b. type beer and barleywine. Thick beer but very drinkable. Yum.
slipy120 (81) - Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
The aroma is strong of grain and you can smell the alcohol (seeing as this beer is 9.8% ABV that is normal). The color is almost red and the when poured there is a very small head that disappears almost immediately. It is sweet with a bitter finish but not as bitter of a finish as in stouts. Overall good beer and another reason I am happy to have Founders in town.
Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted side by side with Better Half
S: orangey brown, clear, some floaters, white head
A: sweet, fruit malts, a little dryness, a little earthiness
T: sweet maltiness, dry, earthy, smooth
O: solid brew, good taste, well balanced
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Corrinado711 (80) - - OCT 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Aroma of pleasant vanilla malt and light oak. Pours an awesome deep ruby with very scant fine white head and fine sediment. Lacing is also scant. taste is sweet malts followed by oak with light booze then sweet finish. Well balanced. Mouth-feel is light to medium. Do not feel the 9.8 ABV. Oak age does not overpower the beer itself as it often does. Gotta try this