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.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle pours a hazy orange amber with no head, but a small white collar. Aromas of heavy caramel, vanilla, honey and malts, and booze. Flavors of sweet malts up front, honey and vanilla, with a long warm finish.
aenima (330) - Askim, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2013 Very nice aroma of raisins, figs and dark fruits. The taste is similar with some additions of oak. The oakiness gets a little bit dominating for my taste. Should maybe have been a little sweeter. Anyway, I really liked this one!
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUN 19, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This the current release of this beer. Deep amber pour with a payful off white head. Vanilla bean, caramel, and sexy oak fruit on the nose. The entry is rich as the ripe peach and vanilla penetrate the taste buds. Layers of stone fruit and warm sugar blanket the senses. Warming alcohol and vanilla tannin?, flatten out the midpalate. A slight doseof hops and a dash of sour whiskey provide a less than long lived finish, as the bitterness crisps things up. Points for structure and future reward. Very good, very young. Built for the cellar first, the fireplace second. 95 with age
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy burnt orange color with a foamy white head. As the description indicates, very reminiscent of a barley wine. Caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruits are at the forefront here. Sticky sweet with ever the faintest hint of vanilla oak, though I dont believe this one was actually oak aged. Smooth full body with a slick, completely booze-less finish. Another great brew from Founders.
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish amber with pretty much no head. Aroma is very rich malt, sweet caramel, butterscotch, and bread. Taste is very sweet and malty with a perfectly balanced hop bitterness. The smooth and creamy mouthfeel goes very well with the big full body of this monster. This is really good.
floydslip (326) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice looking mahogany-amber beer with a thin foamy off white head that lasts a short while before settling into a thin surface film. Rich nose of toffee, stewed stone fruit, and sweet vanilla. Flavor is a bit sweet, but not overly so, with flavors of caramel apple, molasses, dried fruit, and light oak. This is then counterbalanced by a touch of bitterness that leaves a pleasing aftertaste. It hides its alcohol well. Quite enjoyable
RamyG4 (323) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque red-golden with a small-medium off-white head. Aroma is sweet, of caramel/toffee, fruit punch, and spices like cardamom, clove, allspice. Taste is heavy sweet, medium bitter, with a ton of spice. Dry, sweet, spicy finish. Full bodied, oily texture, moderate carbonation.
I don’t know why they release this in the spring, it would be great around the holidays.