andyhwcinc (1255) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap as part of a sampler at Founders Brewery in Grand Rapids, MI. Appearance like maple syrup with virtually no head. Aroma of alcohol and maple syrup, almost medicinal, super potent. Taste makes me shiver. Super rich and boozey, dominated by the maple syrup and alcohol, as I was writing this I noted - holy hell thereís no way I can finish this one and survive the 2 hr drive home through the snow. Little did I know it wouldíve been a 3 hr drive! But anyways, I couldnít even finish the small sample at the Brewery, just too much alcohol flavor mixed with the maple syrup. Not really something I enjoyed.
VertBaconStrips (1947) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Last drink of the first night of RBSG 2010. Travelled back from HopCat with manic rater hopscotch to stuff in another brew. Another unworldly brew by founders - this is just nuts.†
Monster aroma, very sweet and milky, wild fruit, more tropical, maple, vanilla, woodÖ kinda sounds like the others.
Tastewise this is another super sized brew. †Willl this end? Creeeeeeeeeamy as anything, thick sweet choc and vanilla, wood, not quite syrupy dark fruits, maple, Natives of the new Dawn are just ripping this place apart! What beats this place??? Some alc. †Well, quite boosy. Milky and probably nutty. Itís 1:30 and Iím trashed. Man this beer is too much of a good thing as I canít see drinking another.†Iím already totally bloated and this massive sweet bomb is just too much to handle at this point. Gave the rest of my beer to a crazy looking bearded lunatic sitting next to me who turned out to be CanIHave4Beers.
wedgie9 (1661) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on draft at FoBAB 2010. Pours a clear bright orange with an average white head that leaves some nice lacing behind. The nose is cinnamon and other baking spices, vanilla, oak, and maple, but the spices dominate. The flavor is vanilla, oak, allspice, caramel and brown sugar. The body is full with average carbonation and a long spiced and vanilla finish.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours bright ruby with a nice white dad and lacing. Nose is a bit rich. Caramel and fried banana are the initial scents. Slight sweetness. Taste is quite sweet. Caramel and candied fruits. Slight banana. Mouthfeel is rich and only slightly hot. This will age very nicely.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 09-04-2010
phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2012 Draft sample at FOBAB 2010. Pours a clear amber-gold color with almost no head. Notes of honey, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, mixed fruits, and maple syrup. Medium-full bodied, with a sticky, syrupy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Not bad, but very, very sweet. Good luck drinking a full glass of this anywhere. Re-Rate: Wow, totally forgot about the FOBAB rate. Damn. Thought this was a new one. Got a 750 ml Better Half bottle from stevemastny of BeerDownload fame- thanks again, Steve! Iím bumping up my rating on this one from the old 3.4. It still isnít as good as advertised but better than Iíd said. Pours a nice amber color, mostly clear but with a ton of yeast sediment. The aroma and flavor start subdued, with notes of maple, honey, vanilla, molasses, caramel malts, dried apricots, and wood- pretty one-dimensional. Medium-bodied, with a smooth mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Definite warming booze throughout. Better Half reveals eventually reveals her charms but you need to get damn near room temperature before it happens.
Loineshawn (3003) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 7, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
tap at fobab. cloyingly sweet. honey. boozy. sticky sweet, underattenuated. syrupy. okay in half ounce samples, but hard to finish even 3 ounces.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iced tea colored pour with a small, dense, white head. The aroma is alcohol, maple, damp toasted oak, and some smoky bourbon. The flavor is maple syrup, bourbon, butterscothc, lots of fusel alcohol, clover honey, toffee, a hint of smoke, and a little spice and pepper on the finish. Itís hot like 09 Nemesis was fresh, but not quite as cloying. Sticky, medium body with soft carbonation.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a lightly hazed, deep orange-red colored body with a creamy, finger-width, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of pretty lacing thatís easily aroused with a swirl. Very pretty. Aroma is nice and very sweet. Big on the sweet caramels and maple syrup with a distinct bourbon backing. Citrus oranges make themselves present as this warms along with some earth. Flavor is sweet. Lots of maple syrup with some caramel and bourbon. Some butter to the malts and a light oakiness along with a light citrus orange. Finishes with a bit of an alcohol oakiness and very sweet malts. Slowly dries with a moderate bitterness masked by the sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste following a full, smooth body and very light carbonation. Overall, a very enjoyable, sweetly aged old ale. Well balanced throughout and easy drinking. Glad to have sipped at the pub.
zdk (1788) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Founders for RBSGí10 - arouma is piney hops and a touch of citrus dry hoppy with wet booziness and vineous. some earthyness and maple sweetness to round out the edges.
jdskinns (170) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Founders a couple months ago. Reviewing from notes. Golden color with a white head. Aroma is maple and sweet with a decent amount of alcohol coming through. Very pleasant though. Taste is great! The maple blends very well with the old ale style. Very, very good. I had a few of these before we left. Looking forward to having it again.