dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at the coppermine...nose was caramel, malty sweet...flavor was sweet, dried fruits and candy...boozy but not overwhelming
slayer02348 (103) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours out an opaque clear reddish brown with very little head. Smell is sweet and of alcohol. Taste does not disappoint. Very sweet and smooth, easily drinkable and very good.
vt3stick (103) - Chicago, USA - MAR 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with very little head. Nose is very boozy with lots of oak, burnt sugar, and smoke. Mouth is oily which is not an ideal characteristic for me. Strong malts on the front with the booze on the backend. Finishes bitter with a bit of licorice. Least favorite of the Founders but I think itís more because I donít love the style.
alethol (102) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Really enjoyed this. Pours a murky amber with a good but smallish beige head. Rich aromas of vanilla, bourbon, malts, caramel. Complex. Taste is superb with sweetness perfectly balanced by the bitterness. Very smooth. Full body. Excellent.
Leveejr (102) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big sugary aroma with slight alcohol. Caramel malty taste with a lingering hop bitterness
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JohnMan (102) - Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer has an interesting bitterness as well as caramel/toffee sweetness. I get some dark fruits, and hints of biscuit.
djredpop (101) - Downriver, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Fruity esters and alcohol / extract. App: Clear tarnished penny with short-lived cream-colored head. Taste: Caramel, raisins, figs, yeast, alcohol, and something like whiskey / bourbon. Low carbonation. Flat, oily mouthfeel. Medium-heavy body. Sweet alcoholic finish. Warms the innards. Not my favorite style, but a good example of the type. Iíll bet itís wonderful in January.
burtonbaton930 (100) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up a four pack of these. Pours nice clear mahogany with a small head that turns to lacing on the glass. Smells of peat, caramel malts, and dark fruits. This beer tastes amazing. Very similar to the flavor of a barley wine but not as intense. Loaded with caramel and toffee notes. Palate is perfect, very silky and smooth. Deceptively strong at almost 10% ABV. Amazing.
coachd (100) - 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.
Gamin (100) - - AUG 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 2012 bottle so it's about 2 years old for me. Poured a deep murky amber with minimal head that dissipated quickly. It's not exactly inviting. Smells of booze, caramel, and a bit of butter. Tastes surprisingly smooth. A wonderful beer to sip slowly, savoring it.