coachd (261) - 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 donít 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 itís a must try. Founders, you have impressed me once again.
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Amber colored pour with not much head. Weak aroma of alcohol, spices and citrus. It was almost like watered down whiskey with just about the same burn in the belly. Softened a bit as it warmed up but that almost made it worse. Some definite fruits an malt flavor in there as well. I think if the liquor taste was not so prevalent this would be much better.
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick, viscous dark amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is malty. Mouthfeel is thick. Taste is malty without being overly sweet. It has a slight alcohol finish....very warming.
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy orange thatís just on this side of brown. Virtually no head. Oak, raisins, and must in the aroma. The flavor is mostly oak and molasses. Bit of punch from the 9.8% ABV. A touch of bitterness from the hops at the end. Itís a sipper, but something different comes out with every sip, including maple syrup.
Spend a lot of time enjoying this one.
1guywith_aboat (254) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - APR 9, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark mahogany/ reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of rich malt, oak, sweet, toast, and a hint of alcohol. Flavors are molasses, oak, yeast, very rich malts, slight burn, some bitterness. Smooth full body. Extremely tasty beer.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Caramel head, deep ruby red body. For them talking up the maltiness, I tasted a good blast of bitter hops, perhaps drawn out by the alcohol. Bourbon character messed up with the strange, sweet yet weak malt. My 4-pack was dominated by alcohol. After one of these my friend asked if I was drinking whiskey from my ceramic mug. He could smell the booze on my breath from 3 feet away. 4 pack = $13!!
Temptation (252) - - OCT 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish color, opaque and a tiny head which immediately disappears. Complex pack of aromas with notes of caramel, honey, cocoa, red fruits, butterscotch, cinnamon, hazelnuts...the mouthfeel is equally complex, with the same notes of the aromas, but butter and biscuit, too, perfectly balanced with an orange peel bitterness. Perfectly structured, low carbonated and high bodied, with a velvety and creamy texture. Almost a barley wine, it is really a superb, extraordinary beer.
Humlehode (251) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown, small head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, some coffee. Sweet with quite high bitterness. A lot of oak. Overall a good beer but the oak becomes a bit overpowering after a while.
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tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark honey/amber color with a small off white head. Very sweet and malty nose, lots of dark fruits, caramel, some light spices, and a touch of alcohol. Dark fruits are strong on the taste as well, some caramel and molasses, candy sugar, smooth, sweet, a few "holiday" spices I canít put my finger on, and very malty. I need to try this fresh again to compare the two, though this is pretty damn tasty.
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma- caramel, dark fruits, oak, bourbon, maple syrup
Appearance- copper/rust orange, thin white head, massive alcohol presence
Taste- big malty sweetness upfront, caramel, figs, maple syrup
Palate- slick mouthfeel, decent body, feels right
Overall- More like a barleywine than an Old Ale to me but very nice nevertheless. Complex and rich but highly drinkable. Founders, as always, delivers.