masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12 oz bottle. Poured a honey color with a small head. Aroma was caramel, bourbon and wood. Taste was vanilla, caramel, bourbon, wood and a little of the maple sweetness. The flavors really reminded me of scotch for some reason. Not to sweet at all, in fact, quite dry and well hopped. Really interesting beer.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at the Founders tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 2/11/10. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Aroma notes include bourbon, fruit, bubble gum and bread. Flavor starts with bourbon and vanilla, then turns to bread, maple and caramel before a boozy finish. Good stuff.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Actually, much better that I thought this would be. It’s a bit sweet, but actually well hopped, nicely balanced, and the maple and bourbon work nicely with the wheat wine.
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was excited to find this at the liquor barn in lexington, ky. I picked up a single 12 oz. bottle. The pour is orange into a pint glass with a thin fading white head. The aroma is packed with vanilla and bourbon also coconut and alcohol lingering in the glass. "Once it hits your lips" tons of vanilla and coconut, alcohol burning the back of my throat, this brew is very powerful and one of a kind. Can’t wait for nemesis 2010!
adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy orange vistalite with a medium sized off white head. Beautiful aroma of bubble gum, bourbon, candied malts, vanilla, and maple. Taste of candied malts, bourbon, bubble gum, vanilla and maple. Nice stuff.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from Princeton’s. Orangish brown pour with little to no head. Aroma is very boozy with the bourbon in the front and the maple sitting in the background (although the two seem to balance out as it sits). Mouthfeel is big and chewy and the flavors also really accent the maple ( in a very sweet way) and the bourbon. As it sits here the bourbon aroma seems to take a back seat to the maple. This is a big bold in-your-face beer and I love it.
HonkeyBra (2857) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Clear dark reddish orange pour with a few bubbles of head on the top. Strong, caramel sweetness, alcohol, honey, vanilla and bourbon. I can detect some hops also. Sweet balanced with a hoppy bitterness, flavors of maple syrup, caramel, toffee, vanilla and bourbon roll over the tongue. A sharp bitter alcohol note that melds into a warm alcohol burn down the throat. Sweet, bitter, alcohol, wood. Really nice. Mouthfeel is nice and slick on the palate. Absolutely bad ass brew here from Founders.
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Im not a huge bourbon fan but this one pulls it off really well. It first hits me with an aroma more of scotch than bourbon, pouring golden orange with a wisp of head. The alcohol heat radiating off this is unreal. Maple syrup definitely shines though in the form of lightly sweet but creamy on the palate though it could be the copious vanilla flavor as well. Grainy wheat is detectable as well making this a strange entry into the barleywine category. Overall its very well done, but Id really like to know what the hell the deal is with Founders and Maple Syrup. From my perspective its as though they cant go two beers without adding the stuff and not exactly helping an otherwise pretty good beer. maybe we can have a beer with bacon someday.
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2010 12oz bottle from west lakeview which was limited to one a person... pours a mostly opaque orange brown allowing a touch of light to pass through. head was minimal with only a thing ring of soapy white head forming. a steady shake allows more head to develop but only ever so slightly.... aroma consisted of assertive vanilla and bourbon essence upfront which eventually gives way to sweet maple, honey, and coconut as the brew warms to room temperature. overall it took on a very sweet profile. very alluring nonetheless... flavors followed suit to a tee with equally enticing sweetness embodied by a strong sense of maple and vanilla. bourbon follows up and is just as apparent as in the nose. a fair share of bitterness surfaces in the finish which can be attributed to the 70 ibus. this counterbalances the sweetness nicely although it never was cloying to begin with. texture is full, slick, and a little bit oily. carbonation is low to medium which seems just right for a beer of this nature. a bit of warmth arises after a few sips. a delightful and tasty sipper.
milewide (1324) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Let me first address the marketing concept. Brilliant, says a retired marketing executive and college marketing instructor! The name is a "challenge to try" for any any serious craft beer drinker.
As an old bourbon drinker, I love the bourbon/oak taste in beer---but most brewers pair it with the roasted malt in a stout, which sometimes overshadows it. Pairing it with the lighter taste of a wheat wine is a great idea. Maple adds some attractive sweetness, but doesn’t turn it into overly sweet "tongue candy" .
And it is UNIQUE!!!