mcberko (8665) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle, pours an opaque dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma of syrupy sweet malts, caramel, some English malt notes, and some peppery spice. Flavour brings out some peppery spice, more than offset by English caramel malts and syrupy sweetness - sort of a rummy boozy sweetness to it. No hop presence whatsoever, just some peppery notes that are quite bothersome. Not so enjoyable to me - way overrated.
shrubber85 (8603) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Peach, barley malt and alcohol aroma. Cloudy ruby-amber color with minimal head. Sweet light peach, barley and moderate alcohol flavor. Nice.
3fourths (8493) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 Dark muddy purple in color with a thin head. Old, crusty fruit and bread in the nose with a bit of an oxidized smell, I’m loving every second of it… crusty old fruity old ales are something I really love, and this one, with a fuller yeast presence than most, is awesome. Notes of old cake, stale pie crust, wrinkled plums combined with an amazingly frothy texture and a brandy-like note create a really nice, moderately hopped old ale that feels older than it actually is.
arminjewell (8460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark red with off white head. Aroma is malty and caramel sweet, taste up front is malty with caramel, toffee, and molasses that finishes rather sweet as well. Nicely hidden alcohol, but not my style.
Scopey (8454) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Fergus. It pours orange-amber with a small white head. The nose is sweet, juicy, lots of dried fruits, raisin, sultana, fruit cake, muffin, candy and spice. The taste is bitter-sweet, woody, leather, toffee, honeycomb, fruit cake, loads of dried fruits and hefty booze with a warming finish. Fullish body and average carbonation. Pretty big on the booze, but not bad anyhow.
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Simple caramel and honey sweetness harbors citrusy hops and their leafy bitterness, producing an enjoyable but relatively unmemorable Old Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slab of foam tops the amber.
-The soft carbonation reveals the simplicity and generosity of the malt profile.
-This is very similar to most English-style Barley Wines brewed this side of the Atlantic.
-This doesn’t dazzle from the malt-side of things or from the hops’, so I can’t say I’ll go for it often.
DocLock (8376) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from JPDIPSO. Pours turbid brown with 1-finger off-white head. Aroma of heavy dark fruit and cobwebby malt, plus some oaky bourbon and vanilla notes, and some peaty hints also. The flavor is a complex mix of fruity figgy malts, caramel, some oaky bourbon, hops, brown sugar, cherry, and nut hints. Complex in aroma and palate, and very smooth for a beer of this heft. This is another outstanding offering from Founder’s.
jercraigs (8320) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, presumably 2006 vintage. Amber body, good sized creamy beige head. Earthy, musky aroma, boiled potatoes, some malt. Bitter and alcoholic flavour, dry caramel malt. Rough. Strange acerbic alcohol. Average palate. A fairly massive disappointment.
JorisPPattyn (8280) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pouring viscous to nearly headless clear berry-red beer. Quite sweet, molasses-like nose, but with a convincing USA-hops aroma behind, as well as clear alcohol, presenting a nice madeirisation. Bittersweet with a good blance, the dry bitterness just winning out. Still, the sweet maltbacking remains throughout. Flowery, woody, and brandy notes. Especially the balance being good, I find something like Amaretto, too, and herbal notes. Slick, viscous, but dry enough. Full bodied, of course. Excellent Barley wine-like. American in character, but nowhere "over the top", as the expression seems to be.
rosenbergh (8245) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 ml bottle. From København, Denmark.
Light amber colour with tiny white head.
Yeast, fruits, biscuit and caramel in aroma.
Yeast, bitter hops, biscuit and some alcohol in flavour.