Beachmaster (199) - 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.
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle, 2008 vintage. Pours cloudy pinkish amber with plenty of fine floaters and a splotchy yellow head that leaves spotty lace. Aroma is sweet, fruity (dates and apricots), with some brandy and bread. Flavor is sweet and malty with lots of fruity and some bready notes. While it tends sweet, this ale is pretty well balanced and almost a bit dry in the finish. Medium-full bodied and creamy smooth, with medium-low carbonation. Warming but not at all hot - this is damn drinkable on a winters eve. Very nice old ale.
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz btl. Pours a clear copper with a minimal white head. Great unique aroma of strong dark fruit, caramel malt and spice. Huge dark fruit notes and candied caramel sweetness. Has a nice spice laden hoppiness towards the end and a kind of boozy finish.Smooth fruit and candy sweetness. Another solid founders brew.
Tomy63 (198) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - NOV 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Couleur ambre clair, reflets oranges. Nez sur le sirop, le sucre, la marmelade d’orange, appelle une bière épaisse et un peu acidulée. La bouche est sur le caramel, très confite et sucrée, beaucoup d’orange, un côté aigre-doux, un peu d’acidité. Texture épaisse, sirupeuse même. Un peu d’amertume en fin de bouche. L’alcool ne se sent pas. Finale assez longue, un peu amère, aigre, toujours de la marmelade d’orange, un peu d’épices. Mais ça devient vite écoeurant, trop de sucre
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a murky red, no head, just a little white fiz on top, no lacing.
The nose has some malt, spice and a bubble gum like sweetness. The flavor is a little earthy, there is definatly some sweetness, I’m getting bubble gum again, big boozy finish. The feel is unusually thin, light carbonation.
Lele (196) - Padova, ITALY - OCT 15, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Birra particolare e spettacolare. Il colore è già una particolarità: color ruggine, manto di volpe, tendente all’arancione. Schiuma fine, poco spessa e poco persistente, di color giallo/arancione molto chiaro. Nell’aroma si percepiscono chiarissime note liquorose, barricate nonché di succo di melagrana e di frutti rossi, leggermente aciduli. In bocca è un capolavoro. Il liquore barricato è ciò che prevale: Porto, Grand Marnier, whiskey si sentono chiaramente. Il dolce del maltato è predominante, ma alla fine del sorso si avvertono anche leggere note amaricanti e un leggerissimo salato, che rendono la bevuta ancora più interessante. Può essere paragonata anche ad una Barley wine, per il suo carattere liquoroso e "stagionato", avendo però delle sue note peculiari.
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006 Bottle. Dark brown pour. Thin off-white head quickly diminishes into a halo of lace. Oak, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon on the nose. Very smooth on the palate. Malt, vanilla, and bourbon flavors. Nicely complex, very drinkable at 9.3%. Medium-full mouthfeel. Slightly astringent finish with some alcohol presence. I’ve often overlooked this beer in the past. Try it, you’ll love it.
Mrnoluv (194) - long beach, California, USA - MAY 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours light brown, very minimal white head, has the ale look, citrus smell, the taste is sweet, hoppy, citrus . It’s a cross between a Scottish ale and a Baleywine. I have been looking forward to this, not disappointed.
Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An amber/orange/copper color. Cannot see through this beer. Very small head that was an off white color. Probably due to the high alcohol content. Had some decent legs after each sip. A sweet nose of dried fruit. Some caramel and some nuttiness reminiscent of peanut butter fudge. Very nice. A few notes of alcohol. Similar to a brandy or wine. Very complex and very well balanced. A sweet molasses flavor combined with a caramel malt. I’m also getting some dark fruit. Something similar to black cherries. The brandy type alcohol flavors are there, but they are not tart or overbearing. The nuttiness is not very prominent in the taste. Medium/full mouthfeel. Chewy. Somewhat smooth. A very nice bit of alcohol warmth all the way through. Nicely dry. Leaves more than enough on the palate. This is an excellent beer. It’s a sipper, however and not conducive to a high drinkability standard. Very complex. This would go well on a cold night while reading a book. I, personally, would not want to have more than one of these at a time. It might put me on the floor.
nwiseman (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - AUG 20, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from VBS. Pours a deep ruby brown with almost no head. Sweet malt with obvious molasses aroma. Rich and full-bodied with a kind of burnt sweetness. Alcohol is very noticeable. Another very solid offering from Founder’s and a great way to end the night.