5000 (5982) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Rich caramel in color, deep, slight ruby accents, moderate foamy light beige head, fairly sticky lacing.   Spicy nose, malty, caramel, ginger, moss, pine, spruce, with hints of burnt toffee and brown sugar.
Damnit, this beer reminds me soo much of something else I had within the last few months.   This is 13%?   Get outta here!!!   Warming, but not alcoholic.   Certainly a fairly malty sob, with minor hints of hops,
caramel, pine, and spruce tips.   Fairly sweet, but not heavy enough to be cloying.   Certainly a big beer.   Combination brown sugar and pine sweetness from start to finish.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.
Certainly not a thin beer.   There is another spice in here that is hard to identify.   Has a herbal quality to it as well.   Sweet, caramel like, with a fresh cut tree like presense.   This one is pretty damn
good, complex, smooth, and very warming.   I must say, I really enjoyed this one.   Lingering hot caramel and alcohol.   Thanks Chris for the bottle!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber, courtesy SoLan. Pours a ruddy, swirly, brownish-amber color with a small head of beige foam that fades quickly. Skinny, jagged snakes of lacing circle the glass. The nose hits with an overwhelmingly sweet caramel malt bill, with loads of stewed, figgy, dark fruit and a massive amount of baking spices. Ginger is most prominent, combining with the caramel to form a gingersnap cookie feel. Flavors too are shockingly sweet, again heavy on sharp ginger, caramel, and reduced brown sugar. There’s a distinct breadiness to it from the yeast, but very little in the way of hops or any sort of of balance. The body is thick, syrupy, and cloying, with a peppery burn from the ginger. Eh, this is not for me.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy SoLan. Pours a dark amber color with a reddish hue topped by a small tan head that settles quiclky to a thin film. The aroma was very sweet smelling of caramel and toffee malts, spices, dark fruits, and tons of candied sugar. The flavor follows suit with the dark fruit, raisins, spices, and very sweet toffee and candied malts. The malts, candy sugar, and booze dominate everything else in this brew making it just so overly sweet. Thick and full bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel with a long, sweet boozy finish. Just to sweet for my liking, but this may have been better when fresh.
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz Bottle .A hazy , cloudy amber to brown color pour , with a thin off white head , thick jagged lacing , light carbonation . Aroma is slightly boozy with tuns of caramel and toffee sweetness coming through , rasins and faint dark cherries , with hints of spicy hops . Flavor is huge , loads of sweet malt , caramel , toffee , rasins ,dates, honey , brown bread ,nuts,cinnamon and a nice light alcohol finish . very complex , very thick mouthfeel and a ultra heavy body . boozy sweet darkfruit aftertaste with hop flavored burps . Very , very good .
Nice job Founders
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 2, 2009
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle kindly shared by SoLan. Pours copper with a faint head and little lace. Ginger! Sugar, brown sugar, alcohol and spicy. A sickly sweet hot mess with ginger. Not my thing before the ginger, even less my thing with the ginger.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy moejuck. Dark amber, small tan head. Aged malt, sweet malt, booze, subtle spices. Same flavor, nothing standing out. Just a strong, sweet brew. Full body, smooth, a bit syrupy.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark copper color pour with bright ruby highlights and little head. Lots of sweet dark fruit with healthy notes of toffee, cardamom, anise, leather, tobacco and alcohol. Super rich decadent malty dark fruit flavor with lots of caramel, brandy, cinnamon, anise, and a hint of leather. Sticky, full body with low carbonation. If I didn’t know better I’d swear this was a nice 4 or 5 year Thomas Hardy’s. Fantastic stuff.
lb4lb (2172) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle shared by hopsleeroy. Thanks Lee! Pours dark reddish. Smell is lightly spiced and very malty. Taste is the same and is quite sweet and slightly spiced. Didn’t care for it.
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bomber. Pours a light brown, slightly red color. Aroma is caramel and syrup with hints of brown sugar. Sweet, hints of fruit, hops, and overall very roasted tasting. I can’t wait to have another one.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
sample from a bomber at DLD ’09. pours a dark burgandy/brown with a very thin, beige head. aroma was sweet and spicy with notes of toffee, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon along with a touch of citrus hops and dried apricot. flavor was big, sweet, and malty with notes of roasted pistachio, more toffee, hints of red fruit, a touch of hops, and a great spicy note on the swallow. mouthfeel was sticky and full bodied with a solid boozy warmth and a sweet finish. overall, a very interesting, very good brew but isn’t it a barley wine?