jrob21 (2350) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Brickstore. Pours a light amber, dark honey color with little to no head. Aroma is sweet caramel, bourbon, and vanilla. The flavor at first is hot alcohol but that fades quickly into an oaky, vanilla, sweet molasses kind of gooey goodness. Get a little bit of light fruit from some hops hiding back there. Was not sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised at how smooth this ended up being. The emphasis is definitely on the oak and vanilla flavors here.
Phillies08Champs (661) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an clear amber honey color, with litle head and lacing. The nose is strong with bourbon, cotton candy, vanilla. The first sip is sweet with an oaky presence, maple, brown sugar, vanilla extract take over. The finish is moderately hopped for a barleywine.
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with little to no head. Aroma is verhy sweet with smells of maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon and alcohol. Taste is bourbon with an initial aftertaste of alcohol and a lingering sweet taste of maple syrup and vanilla. Very nice alcohol warming sensation as it goes down. Tasty stuff.
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from one of a few Binnys. Pours a copper kissed hazy amber, a decent offwhite head that cakes decent layer, a very pretty beer with reddish sunset hues hidden inside. Aromas are a pleasant amount of bourbon and vanilla, oak, the maple syrup element comes out on the nose. Smoothed out sweetness develops into died out fruity esters and a touch of flaked wheat graininess. The bourbon is dominant, but not overdone, as the booziness stays down on the nose. Initial is medium bodied, well bourbon bound with spirit, wet oak, vanilla, tannins from the barrel provide a decent bitterness, a warming alcohol presence does itís job as it goes down. Fruity banana and apple hide beneath, a secondary hiding element of the beer and a better tale of the base beer. Maple syrup, vanilla, bourbon with decent bitterness. A touch of coconut and a touch of brown sugar from the maple syrup, the warming alcohol grows fairly quickly. A very nice beer displaying the bit of deeper complexity of these maple syrup/bourbon barrels. A touch yeasty, a decent beer, not as thick or cloying as I anticipated. The base beer is solid, but this really turns into a display of the barrel as the focal point, decent hopping. Very enjoyable.
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hazy amber/orange color pour , almost no head just a small lace leaving ring , soft tiny carbonation bubbles very nice looking . Aroma is of tangy wheat malt,apple,honey, vanilla,smokey burbon , bread crust , wood and a hint of maple . Flavor is a little fruity up front , with bubblegum ? hints if too cold, smokey burbon ,toasted wheat, lots of vanilla and more burbon , very noticeable warming effect , long boozy finish with some earthy hop notes , nice level of hop bitterness seems hidden behind the burbon .Full body ,with a chewy mouthfeel, slightly sticky, Wow this this thing kicked my ass ! I needed a little nap after drinking that .
A little boozy for me at this point going to let the rest of mine sit and mellow out a little . Nice job Founders .
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz (expensive!) bottle. Poured a medium orangish/amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of wood, earthy, light smoke, some bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Tastes of vanilla, brown sugary, bourbon, caramel, coconut, and wheat. Medium alcohol burn in the finish.
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 (4528) - 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. Itís 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. Canít wait for nemesis 2010!