coolfunnj (354) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a sweet sugary honey molasses aroma...brown and amber clear color mild lacing..taste...a nutty caramel flavorwith some hop balace,,in a good way..overall..it went down fast
GarageBrewer80 (354) - SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaska från SB. Klar, gyllene brun med smutsbrun skumkrona. Söt doft av pumpa och ekfat. Söt och kraftfull kropp. Smak av smörkola, ekfat, pumpa, torkade frukt, peppar och alkohol. Fatig, jordig och torr avslutning.
ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle served in a Prearis glass. Pours dark orange/light amber with an impressive bubbly off white head. Aroma is of butterscotch and oak with a hint of vanilla. Taste is a little too sweet but not cloying. Complemented the (Chimay) cheese I was eating at the time perfectly but I would suggest a little on the sweet side for enjoying by itself. An impressive array of flavours with the maltiness and barrel notes giving way to the flavours promised in the aroma. Very good but could be better.
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Notes from 12/24/2010
12 oz. bottle from Binny’s Beverage Depot, Chicago
Ar: Toffee, deep date notes. Light alcohol seems to be present as well.
Ap: Pours hazy deep orange-amber with 1/2" light tan head. Decent lace.
T: Pit fruit sweetness up front brings dates to mind. Bitterness on finish almost keeps it from being cloying, as does the mild alcohol burn.
P: Chewy, thick, sticky body. Medium carbonation.
O: Good winter warmer. The richness of these beers can be a bit much for me without huge amounts of hop bitterness, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit.
kcorum10 (347) - Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish brown color with minimal off white head that quickly disappears. Aromas of caramel, bread, and cereal. Flavors of some oak and a mild burn at the finish on a sweet backbone.
tekstr1der (345) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It seems this thing needs to mellow while sitting for a while. As served, it was a murky light brown with quickly dissipating off-white foam. Smells of cooked sugar, booze, and wood. Flavors are too varied. Some sweet molasses with alcohol and oak. Slightly rough finish/linger of woodiness. The first disappointment I’ve had from Founders. Perhaps expectations are high here.
Lightrider (344) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into a tulip glass. Pour is a dark honey amber. Aroma is strong, with the oak and rich malts. Taste is very strong with a nice sweetness over the crisp Oaks and thick malts. Finish is very full bodied. This is a world class ale.
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a ruby red color, grainy, with very little to no head. The nose recalls caramel malt, molasses, light dried fruit, and just a touch of alcohol. The palate is warm and inviting, slick and smooth. The taste is mostly sweet, with just a touch of bitterness in the finish. This beer increases in enjoyment as it warms. A true sipper.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 Great Taste:
Sweet, malty, and alcoholic. Strong cracker flavors, but also wood, honey, vanilla, and potato. Thick alcoholic finish.
jrmac (333) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice reddish brown color with a thin white head.Nose is definitely hoppy alcohol. Nose is slightly off putting to me. Taste is a bit smoky and ceder. Malt, hop, and hard alcohol dominate this brew. I believe this beer needs a year to mellow out, but it is very complex and still quite interesting.