tkrjukoff (3887) - SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33 cl, tnx to Kan. Pours clear dark red mahogany with a small beige head leaving lace. Aroma is just so kice; sweet malty raisins syrup vinous fruity vanilla bourbon. Flavor is lean slightly hars barrel sweet malty and marzipan in front, vinous boozy pungent bitter fruity raisins and more sweet in middle rounding up with bitter sweet malty and still strong marsipan at the end. Finishes with a longlived bitter malty and fruity aftertaste with a nice warming alcohol touch.
mikem409 (1457) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours orange zero carbonation. Bourbon aroma. Taste is flat bourbon and fruity pineapple
johnnnniee (1957) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Received in trade from JoeyBeerBelly, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a slightly hazy deep amber orange color with a thinnish white head that disappears almost instantly. The smell is sweet and malty with lots of sugary dried fruits and a bit of spice and alcohol on the nose. The flavor is sweet up front with an orange caramel sweetness to it before a big hit of warming alcohol comes at you. A little spice finds its way in towards a sweet lingering sticky finish. Thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy mouthfeel. This is a sipper to be sure, and Iím glad I got to try it. I can only imagine how hot this was when it was fresh
bierkoning (9758) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Callmemickey, thanks! Reddish golden color. The tiniest chunks of yeast give a hazy shine. Vinous dusty aroma. Malty sweet flavor, dusty with dried fruit. Alcohol, oak. Floral, perfumed.
madmitch76 (13081) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22nd October 2010
Hazy orange amber beer, residual white head. Amazing orange sherbet - liquer nose. Crispy palate, semi dry. Rich orange liquer flavours, with traces of Port wine and red wine. Finishes minerally and aniseedy. A little cream in the aftertaste which has more orange liquer. A pretty amazing beer. Unique and tasty.
Brigadier (2745) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle
This is a fine barleywine that has held up well for almost three years now. I canít wait to try the 2010 release soon as a comparison. Founders does not usually miss the mark and this is no exception.
Aroma / Appearance - Cloudy with a caramel hue the offwhite head looks like a dusting of slushy muddy snow. The nose is a mixture of malt balls, almonds, and creamy gentle hops that have mellowed with time into a candy filling.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel is dense enough that it feels like sherry. Carrying a combination of caramel, ethanol, and malts, it warms the palate. The finish hangs on the throat for a while reminding one that this is a 12% beast. If you didnít want it when the hops were fresh try your bottle(s) now.
maekchu (1700) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Sweet, honeyish, mellow bourbon nose. Pretty, bright yellow color, with lots of floaties.Honey and bourbon flavors dominate. Medium-heavy body, warming, clean. Better than last time I had it (about a year ago). The intense sweetness has mellowed now, and itís more integrated.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.
Nemesis has a mostly transparent caramel color with a small white head. The cap fades pretty quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass.
The aroma is full of creamy vanilla. Some maple and bourbon add a sweet booziness.
The flavor is still fairly harsh. There is not enough body to contain the high ABV. It reminds me a little bit of cream soda, with vanilla, some oak barrel character, maple, bourbon, and sweet caramel from the base wheat wine.
The body is a little bit thin from what I want out of a wheat wine, especially one that has this much alcohol. The booze is definitely noticeable. Carbonation is on the light side.
This had potential, but the flavor is still too harsh to be enjoyable.
dmschefke (566) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Old notes, consumed 2/21/10. Pours an orangish light brown with thick off-white head, minimal lacing. Aroma of wheat, yeast, bourbon, caramel, molasses, and a slight bit of maple. Flavor matches well, but is pretty hot and slightly overwhelming. I have yet to find a wheat wine that I could say that I truly enjoyed.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Consumed on 9/23/10.
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass [I know, should have poured into a better-presenting glass, but a pint is what Iíve got at the time]. Pours a very thick, cloudy amber/gold. A small finger-width head sits atop at first, but disappears quickly. Some light lace sticks behind. There are a TON of large floating particles in this beer. Doesnít bother me, but itís worth noting.
The nose is full of caramel corn, vanilla, maple, wood, and some booze. This smells wonderful. Reminds me of Autumn. If this were a candle, Iíd burn it constantly. The mouth is full and thick. On the pour, this glugged out of the bottle slowly, and it retained that quality in the feel for sure. Heavy is a good word for this one. Definitely a sipper.
Great flavors that mix incredibly well. Starts out sweet with notes of vanilla, maple syrup, and bourbon. Smooths out due to the age and the oak experience. Iím glad these are close to a year old, if not older. Iím not sure I could have handled, or would have enjoyed this beer fresh. The alcohol has mellowed out a bit. But the bourbon quality is still there. I donít have much experience with this style, but this beer was a treat. Not an everyday-beer for sure, but definitely one to sip and enjoy time and again.