Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber brown. Strong alcohol taste. taste of caramel and malt. good beer.
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very smooth the bottle I had was 2 years old lays down nice. Smooth malty creamy. I would say there are extra candi sugars added to this beer almost could pass as a barley wine if some citrus flavors were added. Like a barley wine with out the citrus. Not much hop presence but this bottle is 2 years old. Wow 9% alcohol hidden very well. Nice beer recommend.
Michbeerlover (140) - - MAR 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brownish orange. Little or no head. Sweet malty aroma of fig, dark fruit. Taste of sweet malt, some dark cherry and corn syrup? Mouthfeel is thick and heavy. Probably from the molasses. Mouthfeel is similar to a heavy stout, like Ten Fidy. Kind of sticky, sugary. No hint of alcohol, even at almost 10%. Super smooth, easy drinking. If you are looking for a sweet, thick malt bomb, then this is your brew.
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toby00777 (135) - California, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light brown, slight red haze with almost no head. Smell was of bourbon. Kool-aid powder grape. Rich fruits. Tasted of alcohol. Malty. Cherry cough syrup.
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz brown glass twist-top. No date.
Appearance: Tawny orange/brown. No head to speak of, and somewhat cloudy (no sediment though).
Nose: Sweet raisin bread, apricots, toasted cashews, deep caramel, milk chocolate, dried figs.
Palate: Medium- to full-bodied with loads of sugar up front. Dried fruits (figs, raisons, prunes) mingle with a layer of light milk chocolate (low cocoa %), and some flavors that remind me of tawny/colheita ports and malmsey madeiras. Rich and somewhat thick, there is a moderate edge from the hop bitterness.
Notes: A well made Old Ale, will improve over short-term ageing, but I don’t think it’s made to go for more than 3 years with improvement. I would like to see more hop character for longer ageing. The hops show themselves and try to contain the HUGE sweetness, but it’s just bursting at the brim with sugar. A little more contained than the Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog, though.
bigben873 (133) - Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slight caramel aroma in a medium brown cloudy ale. Very malty like a barleywine but not nearly as smooth. Strong flavor but a bitter finish.
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Founders. I love founders so its fitting that this is my 100 beer rating. Pours a dark orange color, almost brown. Aroma is very good I smell the alcohol, some barley, and some fruit hints. Taste sweet yet spicy. I’m feeling the alcohol in this one. It is very good.
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma is alcohol and fruit. moderately cloudy appearance with stuff floating around. deceptively smooth.
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy red with no head. Aroma of oak, hops, whiskey, brown sugar. Flavor of whiskey barrles, brown sugar and molasses, hint of hops and alcohol. Crisp, complex, tasty, and all-around satisfying. This is a monster, but a balanced monster.
Beachmaster (131) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 10, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden brown, with a moderate khaki head which quickly fades into a disc on the surface, leaving good lacing. Nose is malt and dark fruit. Taste follows the nose, with a hint of hop bitterness on the finish. Very smooth, well-balanced old style alt. Hides the 9.8 % ABV well.