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Founders Looking Glass

Founders Looking Glass
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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Brandy Barrel Aged Double Trouble

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2010
Draft at Founders during RBSG 2010. Had this right after the CBS and KBS, and this blew both of those out of the water! Pours red/amber, thick white head, lovely lacing; Holy shit this stuff smells fantastic! Massive Simcoe (and apparently Amarillo, according to Founders Dave) character, huge grapefruit, lovely mixed citrus notes under the grapefruit, just lifted and pure and dazzling. Flavours are solid, not boozy, and notes of lemongrass, spice (the brandy barrel?), and finally some woody/piney notes come in, but mostly just more grapefruit. Epic.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (11791) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Served on draft at the brewpub. Pours a slightly hazy peach color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. The aroma is absolutely fantastic... I would still be there smelling it if there wasn’t a schedule to keep. The aroma is very hoppy with notes of stone fruits, citrus and a light bready note. The taste is brandy, big hops, citrus, caramel, stone fruits. Quite a bitter beer and damn good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (9310) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 28, 2010
Draught at the brewery, RBSG 2010. Amazing and wonderful aroma of simcoe hops, huge fruits, orange, creamy vanilla, brandy. Simple adorable nose! Pretty orange color as well. Sweet flavor with honey and candied fruit, brandy. Huge bitterness kicks in at the finish. Relly interesting—smooth as honey water with amazing fruit. One of the biggest surprises of the gathering.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mgatesy (23) - Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2010
More mild than the Double Trouble, but the brandy barrel aging has added a delicious complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Snifter on tap at the brewpub (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours a nice glowing golden orange pour, good haze, really striking color. A small brighter white bubbly head dies to a film, laces the edges. Aromas are a healthy blast of citrusy and melon hops, florals and a pinch of pine mix with lemon and grapefuir, decent oaky vanilla tannins and a touch of boozy bourbon. Juicy. Initial mirrors this: juicy citrusy and melon hops, lemon and orange with grapefruit, melon, florals, a touch of piney resin moving into pale malts and biscuits, bread with a sweeter light brandy appeal, faint bourbon, smoothed out and a touch boozy. Really, a nice melange of juicy citrusy fruits, melon, a touch of acidic brandy and booziness, wet oak and vanilla. Very smoothed out. A top notch beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2010
OK - this is really good. Aroma is so citrusy, it reminds me of Tang. Flavor doesn’t quite have the hop bite/bitterness, given it is aged, but the lingering hops, brandy flavor, and malt blend are superb. Way too drinkable for 11% ABV. Color is amazing - like a bronze-colored emeral with a small foam ring. Terrific. On draft at the brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Looking glass. 12oz pour at founders. first rating at RBSG..pours a slightly hazy apricot orange brown with a thin soapy white head... Aroma of fresh juicy hops more on the sweeter tropical end with the brandy kickin for quite a bit...Juicy bubblegum with citrusy and tropical fruity hops. Seems really fresh. Some sweetness on the backend. Barrel is hard to detect but a little brandy just right down the middle. Really nice overall with a a nice subtle brandy impact 8/4/8/4/17

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Draft at Founders. Pours just like Double Trouble. Clear, slightly rosey gold. Nose is perfumed with tons of citrusy hops and light brandy notes. The char level is noticeably lower on these brandy barrels as you get far less vanilla and more oakiness. The tannins from the oak and the hop bitterness play very nicely with one another and the fruitiness of the brandy compliments the choice fruity hops. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2010
On tap at Founders. Pours a hazy amber shade with a khaki head. Great citric hop aroma and flavor with an added element of sweetness. Very balanced for the ABV. The barrel doesn’t overtake the flavor of the DIPA at all. Impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2011
tap at the brewpub last summer - This copper colored brew has a huge hop aroma with citrus and floral notes. The flavor is intensely bitter and the high abv is mostly buried. It’s surprisingly smooth on the palate, probably from the barrel aging that leaves quite subdued brandy tones, and this medium to full bodied brew ends in a long bitter finish. Delicious.

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