1guywith_aboat (254) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - APR 9, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark mahogany/ reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of rich malt, oak, sweet, toast, and a hint of alcohol. Flavors are molasses, oak, yeast, very rich malts, slight burn, some bitterness. Smooth full body. Extremely tasty beer.
Mastelefish (91) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an amber-brown with a thin white head. Smells of chocolate and caramel are strong at the nose. Has a medium-thick body, medium bitterness, and a pleasant chocolatety aftertaste. Definitely would recommend, but is on the stronger side.
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 31, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330 ml bottle from Redmonds. Toffee coloured pour, clear, foamy off white head, doesnít last, settles to a residue. Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, oak, brandy in the aroma - extraordinary! Flavour is more of the same, sweet, luscious caramel, toffee notes, some alcohol warmth. Thick, lush mouthfeel. Very low carbonation, long complex finish. Wow.
tillmac62 (376) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
BOD 4/13/13. Pours a deep amber with a heavy deep dark ruby hue. Weak head and lacing due to the alcohol content. Heavy nose of dark malt (caramel), molasses and dark fruit sweetness over alcohol with bourbon and oak notes. Light carbonation. Almost full bodied with a nice smooth creamy texture. The complex flavor profile is well balanced. It begins with sweet dark fruit flavors (fig, plum and raisin) which flow into a significant bourbon element. As the bourbon fades, oak and vanilla present themselves over a molasses note. The finish is smooth and leaves you with a light alcohol burn and a touch of hops. This is the Olde Ale standard, IMHO.
BOD 4/13/12. Similar head, but hazy with flocculants. The nose is similar, but quite subdued. Bourbon is the most prevalent while the dark fruits have receded. Same body and carbonation. Like the nose, flavors have also gone downhill. Age has decomplexed the flavor profile. While still outstanding, it just doesnít reach out and grab you. Everything is there, but in a subdued fashion and more of a blended presentation rather than a progression on the palate. On itís own, I would give the aged version a 4.1.
mtu71 (225) - Oulu, FINLAND - OCT 10, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap. Medium ivory head, thick lace. Cloudy deep amber. Intence bready aroma. Full bodied. Very rich, strong and well balanced, sweet malts, hints of whiskey and turf. Excellent.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Wow! This stuff is pretty damn good, and I had no idea that it was barrel aged till I read this decription and opened my bottle. ours a deep rusty color with a decent medium-light tan head with some decent retention that fades to a fine film. The aroma is filled with bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits,cocoanut, and some caramel malt. The flavor is another huge shot of bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit...the way it was aged cartainly seems to dominate..though not too oaky...the sweet malt is ocming though as well. Nice body, a bit juicy over the tounge, but never watery nor syrupy...stays in a nice range of richness that makes fairly drinkable for the style. Low carbonation is a good thing in this case.. A great warming beer that isnít too heavy or sweet with the alcohol well hidden. Awesome for a night cap or dessert...Iím gonna have to get more of this stuff...Founders does it again.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finishing up my little MI or almost MI brew sampling fest with myself. And on top of that, hitting 450 rating. Exciting. Pours a really thick syrupy looking hazy brownish. Nose is huge bourbon vanilla, with a cherry-appley bubblegum aroma that really makes this thing go. Flavor is again bourbony, with a terrific mix of fruits and vanilla. Overall, it goes down really smooth, even at 9.3%, with a really wonderful fruit-oak taste. Iím thinking on tap, just like its fellow Founder brews Breakfast stout and their Imperial Stout, on tap this is probably a 5.0. But in bottle, Iíll go 4.4. Founders is really doing some good tihngs, and I look foward to upcoming releases, and hopefully another brewpub stop.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an incredible brew! Definitely borders on the Barleywine style--but I liked this even better. The Old Curmudgeon poured a deep brown with red highlights. The aroma was of sweet candied malts. The flavor followed that perfectly. There was just the right amount of hops in the back end to make this a very well rounded beer. One of my new favorites.
TChrome (1439) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pours murky reddish amber color with a mostly retained beige colored head. Aroma is quite rich rich oak and mild bourbon notes also a vinous aroma. Flavor is sweet with wet wood, a mellow vinous flavor and the alcohol is restrained for this ABV. Has some commonalities with one of my all time favs De Dolle Oerbier Reserva. Yummy.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A musky glowing russet brown with a slim capping of tanned froth. Keeps a good collar with a few straggly branched arms of lace sticking across the glass.
Astounding aroma of maple, honey, oak soaked bourbon. Heavy, heavy, inviting as hell, warm whiskey tone to this sucker. Wow. Wonderful.
Smooth and warming with a good source of whiskey tones behind some maple, honey, vanilla, and white grape accents. Tenderly toasted malt background but huge in malted girth and warmth of gooey rich and thick caramel, maple, toffee, and minor fruityness all encompassed by one very nice powering warmth of whiskey oaken woodyness. No real finishing qualities however as it slides off the back end with an unwanted speed before the warmth sets in with just a slight backburst of crisp vanilla and left over whiskey wood.
Feel is warm, and more warm, and more warm. Strange how some beers with more then 9.3% seem to have no omff while this screams it. Big, bold, and beautiful; rich, smooth, and full. The only set back is the forementioned finish which is escapingly ghostly and parting in a manner that throws a curve in its overall, powering presence.
Be that as it may, that is what makes this quite a drinkable, dandy treat. For if it were all but power and strength, this would not be as easy to handle and may as well just be whiskey at that point.
A very nice Old Ale. Fulfilling and dreamy.