craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2011 2009/2010 Vertical on 6/4/11.
pours a brilliant deep red/orange with a slim off white head. incredible dark fruit nose with layers of vanilla, grapes, light citrus, sherry, and sugar. medium body - full of flavor with raisins, plums, dates, orange zest, light spices and vanilla mixing together. sweet, yet smooth. somewhat dry finish with some residual sugar, more dark fruits, caramel and a touch of alcohol.
pours a brighter orange, yet still deep with a slim off white head. this vintage has a brighter nose with lighter fruit notes and sweet malts. medium body with a subtle roast, dark fruits, caramel, light heat and grapes. semi-dry finish with residual sugar, sweet malts, banana, citrus and some spices.
2009 bottle on 6/11/10. pours a deep copper color with a slim off white head. sweet aroma filled with vanilla, caramel and dark fruits towards the back. full body with more sweet malts with candy coatings. Sugar coated dark fruit lingers throughout the mouth with some lingering nuts and oak notes. solid finish with a pleasant level of alcohol and sugar filled malt packets.
2006 bottle - thanks to TBC. 6/24/08 - my 1 yr RateBeer anniversary the bourbon barrel aging really comes through on the aroma... lots of bourbon and sweet sugary malts with some vanilla as well. pours a dirty brown with little to no head.... lots of floaties too. wonderful on the palate - very even and smooth... medium to full body. caramel, bourbon, vanilla and maple syrup dominate the mouth. excellent strong finish... the bourbon barrel aging is most noticeable on the finish and there is a bit of alcohol presence as well.... it goes down extremely smooth and lingers for a bit. very glad I got to have an ’06 bottle and would love to compare it to a newer batch.
dmac (4004) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle first purchased at EZ Liquors and then multiple 4packs from various stores since. Pours a clear reddish amber with a small light beige head. The aroma on this one is simply not to be missed....wet wood, coconut, light sherry background, vanilla, golden raisins, lots of earth. Flavor on this one had some slight barleywine hints with some caramel,vanilla and alcohol but then there was also the fresh hops and wood with a slight touch of coconut. Full bodied with strong carbonation and a slight touch of alcohol warming. This was one kick ass beer that I really really enjoyed.
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2009 This is what happens when a boat load of malt meets up with a truck load of hops while being mixed by craftsmen of the highest order. Pure matrimony, no in fighting between two heavyweight egos of ingredients, no domination of one over the other, just the pure bliss of which we are the recipients of such art. Care is taken in the manufacturing of this beer, I guarantee it. Smells of raw honey, dairy cream and fruity hop sweetness. Looks amazing, a cloud of orangey garnet. Taste blows the joint up!! Saturated sweet smoky maltiness along with a heft that Ive rarely experienced with a finishing hop tang. Creamy decadent goodness. 2008 12 oz. Thank you Founders.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle purchased at Chuck’s Liquor in Bowling Green. I believe that this must be a 2006 bottle, because this beer was full of bourbon notes. Poured a clear amber color with a two finger cream colored head. The aroma was strong with bourbon. The flavor was vanilla and bourbon, with a caramel malt background. The palate was perfect on this one. The alcohol was well hidden, the mouthfeel was chewy and creamy, and the carbonation was soft/mild. This was an absolutely excellent brew.
njmoons (59) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a golden red, with a nice head that dissipated slowly. An exceptional looking beer.
Smell of quality Ale yeast with apple, dark cherry notes and a hint of vanilla.
Taste was just what i am looking for in an Old Ale, malty ale with hints of dark cherry and apple. These flavors are present at the start remain through the middle of the sip. The ale finishes with a light alcohol burn and a typically ale tartness.
I found this highly drinkable for a high alcohol beer, and could have easily had a second.
fiulijn (14513) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2011 2010-07-12, 8-5-9-4-17=43
Hazy amber color; small head. The aroma is less interesting than the first time, the flavor is as rich as I remembered: sweet caramel and toffee, strong vanilla; without being thick, the sugars are sticky on the lips; and strong final bitterness, a bit woody.
2009-08-31, bottle at Monk’s Café, Wallingatan, 9-5-9-4-18=45
Red amber color; small creamy head. Extremely rich aroma, malt caramel and vanilla oak. Strong body, rich caramel and malt flavor, perfectioned by the vanilla and the hops. Truly enjoyable.
jesperhammer (2888) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
17-OCT-2009, bottle @home.
Beautifull orange with dissappearing head.
I put my nose in the glass, and thankfully it is just as anticipated:-)
Wonderfull orange aroma, spicy, and bitter.
Flavour is more of the same. Nice but low carbonation, and then the loooooong aftertaste that is just right in bitterness. Fantastic beer. Really well-made.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle into Snifter.
Slightly hazy dark amber-brown, almost has a pinkish-red tint in the light. Thin head, slight lacing.
Sweet and malty aroma - dark fruits (plum?, raisins?) and bourbon. Some alcohol and English hops detected.
Sweet malt goodness. Caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, plum and raisins with a slight English hop counterbalance, which is most noteworthy on the aftertaste. After warming more, I swear I tasted coconut.
Low carbonation, with a full, smooth, slightly chewy body. Nice warming effect.
Another good sipping beer from Founders, who continues to impress me. Watch out Bell’s!
Noudsch (69) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Low carbonation. Dark amber color. Fruity sweet aroma. Fruity tase. Aged in wooden barrels. Bourbon I guess. Nice bitter aftertaste.
foundersfan (30) - Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
What can i say, molasses and coffee and a boozy, tasty dark beer! Its a wonderful combo of all things sacred. DEFINATELY try this one if you like rich and meaty, but if you like mich ultra........ be VERY afraid of this one!