vyvvy (4625) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice reddish / orange color with a small wispy tan head. The aroma has bourbon, caramel, vanilla, raisins, dates, vanilla, sweetness, toffee and a very English yeast presence. It has a fairly full body with a good amount of carbonation for having a little age on it. The taste starts much heavier on the caramel malt and assertive alcohol presence than the aroma. There is some barrel, maple, vanilla and dark fruits there, but its a bit more in the back. The finish show a caramel / maple richness and has that dark fruit and earthy presence thatís a signature to traditional old ales. This is quite nice, but think I would have like it more if Iíd opened it sooner.
after4ever (6640) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle--thanks, D. And thanks to S for the funny story about the botched previous attempt at enjoying this beer. Pours a clear very dark amber with no head or lace. Big sweet nose, vanilla hits first, then maple takes over, with soft apricots from the bourbon. Pure dessert at every stage. Sticky thick still body. Maple, apricots, caramel, and vanilla on the mid palate. All very sweet and sticky and heavy and thick. A little too big and way too sweet, but lots of nice touches and well-executed.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog. Donít know how this slipped. On tap at Jose Pistolaís. Aroma of maple syrup, cherry, oak, and sugar. Pours red with a small foamy head. Taste is oak, maple syrup, heavy malt, bourbon, cherry, and brown sugar. Very sweet but some wonderful complexity. Overall, a little too sweet not to share. Bottle is starting to oxidize and lose its Maple FYI.
BlowOffTube (501) - Michigan, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Love it. Brown pour. Sweet maple aroma and brown sugar. Hint of maple, sweet molasses and brown sugar malt backbone. Medium body light carbonation.
rumproasts (4014) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. deep amber with small head. sweet with maple. very hot. malt flavors are overwhelmed by the booze. maybe this just needs some time to mellow, but as it stands now, this is quite harsh.
SpongeRuiner (906) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to HisBoyElroy. Smells pretty hot. Initially has a smooth sipping taste. Very chill brew as it warms. I liked it but maybe was expecting more.
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2014 [Bottle / 1 year old] Deep amber tones with copper highlights, very nice clarity from top to bottom. The cap has an eggshell tint to it, lasting for a decent amount of time & leaving a little bit of lacing on its way down. Huge, robust aroma on this one; smooth bourbon, rustic oak, vanilla, mild black licorice, juicy dark fruit, booze-soaked figs & raisins, sweet toffee, molasses, & a wonderful kiss of maple syrup bringing up the rear. Strong, boozy, warming, & powerful. The taste has even more figs, raisins, & dates, soaked in bourbon & dipped in a brown sugar bath, drizzles with molasses & old maple syrup. Sticky toffee in the finish with a huge bourbon presence, plenty of oak, & a wonderful vanillin induction. Make no mistake - this is a HEAVY beer that seems even bigger than 11.9% ABV (even being one year old)... but I thought the flavors were on point, & this was just the improvement the regular Old Ale needed. Bravo!
[Bottle / 2 years old] Thanks, Josh! Glad to be able to try this again, to see how it is handling time. Still pretty potent, even for being two years old. Maple is definitely fading & a light bit of oxidation is setting in, but not quite enough to become a hindrance... yet. Slick toffee, bourbon, vanillins, oak, dark fruit, & the lightest hint of maple is left. Still a nice brew, but itís definitely on a downward slope. Drink your bottles now!
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Had this at a recent tasting. Another Founderís offering I wasnít impressed with.
fluffy (1918) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2014
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
wasnt a fan of this one. it was all brown sugar and maple syrup on the back end, killing any other flavor.
rxeight (1856) - Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I bought this bottle when it was released. And I held into it because i was new at the rare release game and I only landed one. People said it was ready to go at the time. A year later they said it was falling off and I still held onto it. Well now 2 years later and the consensus it it past itís prime and I finally break it out. My take is that it tastes like curmudgeon. The regular one. Aged for a bit. Butter and toffee. Like a big butterscotch werthers in a barleywine. Pretty good but I donít get any if the bourbon or maple that was probably there before