maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2009 Bottle courtesy of BeerAndIT on 06/16/2009. Somewhat hazy dark amber body with ruby highlights and a medium frothy off-white head. Big caramel aroma with some floral and citrus hops. Big caramel flavor, more floral and citrus hops with a big bitter kick in the finish. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. 7/4/8/3/15 - 3.7
07/22/2006: From Immy’s Tasting. Clear dark amber color with a thin tan head. Sweet caramel and floral hops aroma. Sweet bitter citrus flavor with a caramel background. This is hopped to hell and then some, but delicious. 8/4/8/4/16 - 4.0
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appears a dark amber with a small, off-white head that slowly fades out into a little floating cap. Streaks of lace are left around the glass.
Smell is of biscuit, caramel, heavy sugar, nuts, molasses, and hoppy pine sap.
Taste is of the above mentioned aromas with an extreme hoppy, and sugary mix.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, bitterly mixed with some evident abv.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2009 Pours a deep amber with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, straw, caramel and roasted nuts. Mouth feel is thick with flavors of honey, light bitterness and a decent malt backbone. Sweet finish but oh-so good.
egajdzis (5656) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a reddish amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus fruits, resin, caramel / toffee, and light alcohol. Taste of much of the same, with some woodiness, and light alcohol in the finish.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a fantastic beer. I wouldnít classify it as an IIPA though--it definitely tastes like a barleywine. It has the huge hops presence, but the massive amount of sweet caramel malt is what really sticks with you when you drink this beer. Pours a very dark brown with hues of red. Aroma of brown sugar and hops. Flavors are brown sugar, caramel malt, citrus hops. Great full mouthfeel. You have no idea that this is 13%, that is for sure. Another great beer from Founders.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
via trade with hippie4beer - Pours a deep amber color with a small initial head that faded to a ring around the glass. Very light lacing and carbonation. Big time sweet floral hop aroma. Has a sweet, caramel, fruity, hop flavor. Gets kinda toasty toward the bottom of the glass. Bitterness lingers a bit. Itís also a bit chewy. A smooth medium to full bodied beer. The 13% alcohol is well hidden. An excellent beer. Thanks Seth.
fordest (2133) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle thanks to Santa. Very dark amber pour with little head. Aroams were fantastic: Molassas, Caramel, Grapefruit, Sweet Pineapple. Lots of sweetness in there. Not as sweet in the flavor. Bitterness really came through. Definitley a sipper. Alcohol was not even detectible. Just where is that line between a beer like this and a barleywine????? Pretty Good Stuff. Thanks Santa.
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The first few sips of this were excellent. I thought I might be rating one of my favorites of all time. The sweetness did not overwhelm me as it has done to others. This definitely does not seem like it is IIPA and could easily be an american barleywine. Either way these are both 2 of my favorite styles. I got a little pine and citrusy aroma in my first few smells. There was not as much alcohol in the aroma or flavor as i thought, doesnt taste like 13%. The flavor was sweet but still balanced with some flowery and bitter hops. I Think my bottle was a little old but it was still pretty intense i need to try this fresh some time. This was very expensive at about 4.5 a bottle but I had been wanting to try it for so long so i coughed it up. This would end up being around 100 bucks a case which is way over priced but i may pay this for one more bottle in the future.
thornecb (4926) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2006 Pours deep red/amber into a tulip. Head quickly recedes leaving filmy lace. Resin, pine and DIPA/barleywine notes. Upfront biting hops balanced with roasted caramel malts. Sticky. Lasting bitter hop alcohol finish.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Iíve had this once before, and found it way to hot. The alc. was too much for me to enjoy the rest of it. Milk chocolate color pour. Creamy tan head that didnít last very long. Aroma, big time malt bill, very sweet, not a lot of hops but it is an older bottle. Flavor, nice carmelly, and sweet malts a little nutty. And there is still a lingering bitterness to it. Itís definitely become more barleywine than IPA, but itís a nice change. Finally an IPA that I enjoy with some age on it.