coachd (261) - 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.
malkyore (268) - - MAY 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Balanced like a teeter totter with twins on it. I guess.... Itís equal parts really bitter and really sweet.... The word roasty comes to mind... But yep. Good.
tekstr1der (112) - 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 Iíve had from Founders. Perhaps expectations are high here.
sinfull (996) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber color with thin white head. Aroma of spices , vanilla , caramel , dark fruits. Sweet , caramel taste with notable note of oak , some fruits , candies and hint of alcohol.
Leighton (13403) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Fergus. Pours mostly clear orange with mild particulate presence and a frothy off-white head. Lots of ripe and tangy fruits in the nose, some berries, caramel, spices. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with gooey malts, some cinnamon, rich berries, subtle spice, some leafy hops. Full bodied, lightly chewy, with fine carbonation. Finishes warming and lightly sticky, with some further spice character, toffee, bread, slight dates. Good stuff.
Scopey (8397) - 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.
jflopsu (750) - New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rusty orange with white head. A barelywine type aroma and taste with raisins, dark fruits, and dark alcohol. Additional tastes of spices and honey. A nice citrus and spice aftertaste.
Jyrsa (148) - - APR 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours cherry red with large head. Herbs, sweetness and bready wheat. Frizzly with a sweet after taste.
spatenfan (46) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured out of a 12 oz bottle.
Good rich malt flavor with hints of raisin.
Dorkenstein (24) - - APR 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is of earthy hops and alcohol. The taste is of caramel, earthy hops, pepper, oak and alcohol.
Voodoo (411) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a red hued amber with loose white head which disappears quickly......aroma of honey, raisins.....taste is thick mouthfeel with raisins, figs, caramel, booze, slight bitterness in the end and slightly metallic.