skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a copper red with an off white head and amazing lacing but lots of sediment floating around. Aroma is molasses, bitter citrus, and some malt. Taste is sweet, orange, grapefruit, malt, dark fruit, and brown sugar. full body mouth-feel and sticky with little alcohol showing through the sweetness
AndresTM (420) - Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2015 Beautiful aroma of eggnog, cinnamon, toffee, white chocolate fudge, vanilla horchata, brown sugar, old leather, and booze. The pour is deep amber with no head. The taste closely mirrors the aroma, being mostly sweet and mildly bitter, with a splash of alcohol. The finish leans dry and woody, with a slight oaky tartness that dies slowly. Syrupy palate with minor, prickly carbonation. Balanced, flavorful, substantial. Perfect for a winter evening by the fireplace. Oh, Founders, how I love you. Lovely!
RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2010 March 2010 vintage, tasted May 14, 2010
Consumed unaged. Pours a vibrant red with a decent head, fading to runny but bubbly lacing. Aroma is intense, but hard to pin down. Thereís a earthy element, oakiness, an alcohol note that smells like rum. That first sip is a little rough, intense alcohol burn right up front, sweet, with a finish that tends towards mildly hoppy. Lots of alcohol burn on the way down. This says itís only 9.8%, but it drinks like a 15%. The alcohol is so intense it crowds out the other, subtler elements.
7/5/6/3/10 - 3.1
March 2009 vintage, consumed November 6, 2010
Right off the bat the aroma is potent but way more pleasant than my notes from May would inform me. Pours a deep, ruby caramel with a moderate head and super-fine, sort of foamy, moderate lacing. Dark fruits, toffee, caramel, treacle, port, all sorts of amazing aromas, and little to no fusel tones. The palate fares a lot better too, rich malt backed up by significant hop bittering but very smooth, with creamy mouthfeel and noticeable carbonation. There is still a lot of alcohol bite on the palate, which disappoints me for a beer thatís been aging for so long and is under 10%.
9/5/7/4/14 - 3.9
My score for this is based off the average the ífreshí and íagedí scores (the official A/A/T/P reflects the higher of the two, with the Overall being modified to meet that middle point). I expect a lot from a brewery with such a solid roster of beer and reputation as Founderís. I consider the fresh version of this to be really rough to drink, and thatís unfortunate because with some age, itís a really interesting brew. If a beer isnít enjoyable right off the bat, they should either pre-age it longer or recommend some aging guidelines on the bottle. I know my Dieu du Ciel Rigor Mortis Abt recommended cellaring for at least six months before consumption, so if I were to pop that one open fresh and be disappointed Iíd have no one to blame but myself.
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa (thanks!). Pours dark reddish-brown with traces of off-white head that leave as quickly as they came. I could smell this bad boy as soon as I opened it, so I knew that I wouldnít have to dig too much here. This must be a 2006 bottle because thereís a big oak presence here, got hints of bourbon and brandy interestingly enough. Additionally, got some caramel, malty sweetness, and a few times I caught some coconut in there, which was odd, but I love coconut, so hell yeah! As the beer warmed up, the bourbon influence took over the aroma almost entirely. But enough about how it smelled...thatís just foreplay. Taste was nice, mostly bourbon, but has a good background of malty sweetness to complement it. Finish was pretty boozy, more bourbon of course. Pretty sticky palate, definitely good for this sort of brew, despite its relative ease of drinking. A good first impression for the Old Ale style on my tastebuds.
QuezXLV (415) - Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Looks awesome with a ton of particulates. Iíd give it a 5 but there wasnít much head. Aroma is unique and powerful and the alcohol is there but subtle. Very smooth on the palate and just the right amount of carbonation. I love the oak/barrel taste in the flavor. Founders once again hit another homerun with this one.
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper with a lot of floaties suspended in there. No head. Aroma is sweet - vanilla, those pink candy peanuts, and dark fruit. Taste is the same with buttery notes and and nice metallic hoppy finish. Tastes like a barley wine really. Alcohal is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is thick sticky and syrupy. A thick heavey beer that is good, but not the kind of thing I would drink regularly.
vmilaxer29 (412) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a reddish brown with a decent amount of head. Sweet malt on the nose, maybe a hint of caramel. Like its deScription, I found it deceptively smooth for the 9.8% abv. Medium body, not a very complex beer but a quality beer to sit back and enjoy. Malty with a very slight bitterness on the finish.
FestDecBeet (412) - - APR 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Look: pours an amber Coe. White head. Very clear.
Smell: very malty. Very sweet like syrup. Flowers.
Taste: very malt forward. Extremely sweet. Syrup. Slight alcohol.
Feel: medium bodied. Sweet all the way through.
Overall: nice beer. Easy drinker but watch out for the abv.
First drank: mom & dads 4/4/15
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very hazy brown, with a great off-white head. Big aroma, lots of peat, caramel, sweet malts. A classic Founders complexity, lots of varting fruit tastes underlying behind the main malt character. Sweet, but not cloying, strong, but not boozy. Nutty finish... pick it up, if you can find it!
badwhale (408) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to glass mug. Pours a caramel color, cloudy and almost no head. Looks like good lacing. AVB is evident in this one. Itís almost too boozy, however I kinda like it. Itís barleywine-esque, like the deScription says. I would keep these in the beer cellar...