ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appealing nose of heavy caramel and butterscotch, alcohol and spice. Pours a dark mahogany with garnet highlights. A beautiful long cascade greets an aggressive pour. The thick creamy tan head is mostly lasting with fair lacing. The bold heavy malt flavor has a warm sweet middle and a lingering spicy finish. The thick creamy perfect palate is soft and finishes clean. Bravo.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz [capped bottle, 2001 sampling: Deliah’s Chicago (vintage beer tasting, Feb ‘04)]: Chesnut brown, fairly clear. Old bitterness is noticeable in the aroma – what once was has melted into sugary caramel and sweet raisins. Thick mouth feel is nice and helps the flavours cling to the palate: mostly caramel with small dances into cherries and red grapes. Nice, but perhaps a bit too old.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is a monster. Pours a deep garnet, slight cloudiness, with lots of tiny bubbles. Nice fluffy head. Aroma of burnt cherries. Sweet cherry malt flavor, milk chocolate, and a dash of nutmeg. Creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol only becomes apparent when yu are halfway finished, if you know what I mean. A very interesting wee heavy, and worth the sample.
Goblincat (381) - Westland, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 Pours a nice deep red with small but decent off-white head. Smells of chocolate, flowers, and malt. Taste good, with a nice blend of malts, spices, maybe caramel? Very good.
hershiser2 (1208) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Paid $1.50 for a 12-oz single.
Dark mahogony, almost black, with a small, fluffy brown head.
Sweet smelling, wineline scent... I smell grapes or something in there.
Caramels, coffee, grapes, wine, and chocolate make up the complexities of this brew. Lots of flavors meshing together to make a nice taste.
Drinkable, for this glass, but I wouldn't want another right away.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I saw the name on this one and a I couldn't pass it up. I'm a sucker for offensive marketing I guess. Pours a reddish-brown color with a moderate brown head and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma was very sweet, a bit of caramel, and alcohol. The flavor was very sweet, like the aroma, but not too sweet. The maltiness is present in the flavor as well as the alcohol and a tiny bit of the vanilla. This was an interesting beer, nice mouthfeel and not too hard to drink.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red-brown with beige head.
Merengue, chocolate and cloves in the aroma.
Dry, spicy flavor with chocolate and merengue.
Round with little bitterness.
BBB63 (5964) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown hue with a good off-white head and very good lacing. The nose was smoky, dusty, fruity with additional hints of caramel and spice. The taste was spicy and fruity with the malt as more of an undertone. A smoky. lightly salty and almost acidic character shows on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is lush for the style and there is a minor alcohol presence detected during the swallow, but not overpowering. A darn nice brew for a cold winters eve. Recommended.
drywallman (327) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I liked the hops in the nose and the taste. A toffee, chocolate, and caramel blend was detected. This is my first Founder's product. It won't be my last.
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice! I really enjoyed this one, it gave a nice hoppy bite with the first sip to the last. Smooth and some toffee hints were noted. I look forward to trying more of the Founders products.