yngwie (16523) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Itís an unclear, copper-colored beer topped by a small, beige head. Malty, peated nose with caramel and dried fruits, a touch of alcohol blends in, and thereís also some chocolate and dms. The flavor is sweet, with a good bitterness, as well as chocolate, peat, alcohol and some dried fruits. Peppery notes too. Full-bodied and warming. Hop-bitter finish with dried fruits, caramel, some dried fruits, peaty notes and sugary sweetness. The first sips of this beer was a bit disappointing, but then it turned out to be a beer thatís really tasteful, pleasant and good for an hour of joy. 101006
adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Cigar City snifter.
Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown with a 1/2 finger white head which dissipates quickly.
Smell: Caramel malt with chocolate, dried fruit and a hint of alcohol.
Taste: Caramel and chocolate malt up front followed by a faint hoppy bitterness in the middle then a complex array of malt flavors that I canít quite describe at the finish. Alcohol flavor comes through at the end. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter but not overly so.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Good drinkability. This isnít a beer thatís meant to be sessioned. Drink a couple slowly throughout the evening.
Overall: Very solid Wee Heavy. Founders puts out a good product and this is another fine example.
Sigmund (6745) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8.5%, 50 IBUs. Dark reddish brown colour, big to moderate beige head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, peat smoke and over-ripe red berries, also vinous notes with hints of oak. The flavour has loads of malty sweetness and caramel, peat and oak, with a distinct hoppy bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 12 oz bottle into a snifter and the small head dissipated almost immediately. As it vanished, it left behind a thick yeasty aroma with hints of prune. This evoked a Belgian-style quadrupel ale, as did the beerís ruby-russet color. Despite these hints of the abbey, the beer drank fairly American, especially in its dry finish that transformed the stone fruit to black grapes. Overall, I think itís safe to conclude that they know what theyíre doing up in Grand Rapids.
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 fl oz bottle@Bar&Cigar, Oslo. A low beige head upon a slighly unclear, deep mahogny colored body. Strong malt aroma. Sweet, rich and grainy, almost like an American style BW. Notes of ripe fruits and caramel, and a vague smell of wood and peat. Strong malt body. Medium sweet and grainy with faint pepper and ash, and a note of rum&raisin. Fruit notes too. Distinct bitternes, earth and spice. Well-bodied and quite thick in the mouth. A complex and tasty beer, very likeable.
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From Voldby, DK.
Amber with white head. Aroma of malt with alcohol note. Flavor with fruit and some caramel
derekbrown (109) - Greenville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very solid offering from Founders. Definitely has a raisin-like undertone. Didnít get any skunk in the flavor, but wonderfully complex. Makes me happy.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Great American Beer Festival on September 16, 2010. Glowing, translucent brown body with a fine light-brown head. Aroma is... at first hard to describe, but very good - great, even. Malty, but lightly and sweet. It has a really wet mouth feel. Flavor isnít all that - itís actually very, very light and smooth and very punchy on the palate. There is some aluminum-like bitterness in the back.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2010 Aromas of alcohol, toffee, and bread. Color is a cloudy dark red with a nice tan head. A really nice looking beer. Taste is very malty...complex with alcohol noted up front, and cocoa and toffee coming in later on. A dense palate with a heavy body. Very nice long finish that keeps changing. This is a very nice, complex brew. Love it.
HenrikSoegaard (13278) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Frothy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark red-amber colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Prune and plumb notes. Heavy bitter very nice flavor. Long spicey great finish. Creamy palate. Really nice beer.