mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep opaque brown with red on the edge. No head to speak of. Aroma of dark caramel and bourbon. A little frothy, full feel. Bitter heavy malt, warming alcohol. Trace of piny hops, and acidic grapefruit. Bitter finish. It’s definitely good, but not totally remarkable in the scheme of things.
Body: Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 5 Golden(1)->Dark brown(5) : 4.5 Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head: None(1)->Large(5) : 2 White(1)->Tan(5) : 2 Lasting: 1 Lacing : 2
Intensity : 3
Yeast : XX Bread : XX Tropical Fruits : XX Soap : 1 Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX Fusel : XX
Malt : 1 Biscuity : XX Hay : XX Toasty : 2 Caramel : 3 Fruity : 0.5 Nutty : 0.5 Honey : XX Maple : 1 Molasses : XX Cereals : XX Grainy : XX
Hops : 0.5 Noble(1)->American(5) : 3 Leafy : 1 Spicy : 1 Floral : XX Lemon/Lime : XX Grapefruit : 3 Orange : XX Herbal : 2 Grassy : 2 Pine/Spruce/Resin : 2
Notes : Peach/Apricot : XX Earth : XX Mint : XX Butterscotch : XX Smoke : XX Dates : XX Bourbon : 4 Bubblegum : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3 Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 1 Sourness : XX Bitterness : 4 Complex : 3 Length : 4
Light(1)->Full(5) : 4 Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) :3 3 Clean : XX Sharp : 3 Watery : XX Oily : XX Chalk : XX Astringent : 3 Alcohol : 4 Mineral : XX Oxidation : XX Metallic : 2.5
coyotehunter (681) - , Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice mahogany pour...thin head. Kind of a woodsy earthy aroma. theres something in the flavor I cant quite pin down. faint licorice flavor. smooth and warming. The first time I had this I poured half the bottle out. But as someone else has pointed out, your tastes change to amazing degrees.
another fine beer from Founders.
Lubiere (11239) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark reddish brown ale with a thin creamy reddish moka head. In aroma, a woody vinous aroma, licorice, lactic acids and butterscotch, rich and pleasant. In mouth, a sweet caramel, licorice, raisins, alcohol warmth. This bastard is classy, rich and complex. Early 2007.
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2009 Cloudy copper/amber color with a medium tan head. Sweet malty aroma, a nice rich and roasted taste with a hint of caramel and a trace of chocolate in the finish. A nice representation of the style.
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] shared by lawstudent09. Pours amber/copper with a smallish tan head. Aroma is malty and raisiny, and the flavor matches.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent brew...Pour is a cloudy, hazy, brown red that has almost no head. Aroma is faint in fruits and citrus hops. Pretty pleasant. Flavor is malty, caramel and lightly hopped. Palate is kinda sweet but smooth and a bitter finish. Not bad but nothing great.
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now that I think about it, this was probably the first craft beer I ever had. I remember one of my bandmembers brought this stuff home, just based on it’s name, and we all hated it. Now after a year of trying new beers, and being turned on to craft brews, I decided to buy another six pack. Well it’s amazing how much change can happen to your palate in a year. This stuff is epic. It pours a very dark reddish brown, and has a small beige head. It’s aroma is strong, with hints of caramel, and apricot. The flavor is deep as well with hints of raisin and licorice. Very good brew from a very good brewer. Cheers!
wheelz843 (233) - Grand Island, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. has a smokey chocolate aroma. pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. has a bitter chocolate taste with a hint of coffee. very good aftertaste.
mansquito (4211) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark ruby color with a nice tan head. Thick malty and slightly smoky aroma. It is a nice and creamy beer with coffee at the finish and loads of roasted malts in between. It has a sort of burnt flavor to it, but not in excess. Alcohol content is covered up really well. Really good.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a ruby brown body with a tan head. Big malty beer sweet with caramel malt and raisins. Some etoh warming, with a nice smokiness. Lightly hopped and sweet the whole way.