bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12 oz bottle into a snifter after a year of aging, and I think that the year did this some good. Any rough edges - and surely there were some, given the volatile elements Founders has brought together - have mellowed, and the result is at once complex and robust. This gives off that distinctively woody, cellar-ish barleywine aroma, and it has the lighter body (relative to a big stout) that I associate with that style. Yet the "black" part of the label also makes itself felt, with bold coffee notes that fade to fennel, caramel, and molasses around the edges (much as the seemingly black beer starts to look deep russet near the bottom of the glass). The age naturally smoothed the body; subtle and pleasant carbonation remained, but the one-pinky off white had quickly faded to a thin ring, and lacing was minimal. A delicious beer, but certainly a strange one, which is exactly what you expect from Founders. Those guys are among the best.
badgerben (4767) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 29, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown color with a whispy head that quickly vanishes. Very rich aroma of toffee, dark caramel, coffee. Certainly some oxidation. Flavors of toasted brown bread, thick molasses (borderline blackstrap), chestnut, walnut, caramel. Some raisin. Thick body, slightly astringent finish. Not sweet at all. Delicious, and I can’t tell if I let it age a year or two too long, or a few years too early!
onceblind (6629) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aged 5 years! Deep dark brown with a thin bubbly light beige head. Big boozy brown sugar and oak and earthy dark chocolate on the nose with a touch of caramel and plum. Big huge flavor with robust cocoa, brown sugar, boozy honey and fruity undertones, lots of roast, lots of oak. Big booze and roast and herbal bitterness behind it all.
tapthis (221) - Baytown, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a very dark brown (almost black). The aroma has dark fruits and heavy candies. The flavor is of sugar, dark fruits, and heavy candy. Overall a very delicous beer
mrkanable (1) - Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
GD50 stream, night 2. 6/28/2015 tasting.
This beer is tasting better than it ever has. The hops are taking a backseat without tasting stale. Some oxidation in the nose, but the flavor is sweet molasses and caramels with an assertive bitterness to cut through. Sherry-like oxidation notes & lingering bitterness finish.
nathan30533 (986) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a beauty. This beer was almost six years old when we enjoyed it. Very breads and oh so tasty. Thanks to a good friend for cracking this beauty.
tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Это пиво вкусное. я, конечно, рекомен& его всем, что любит хорошую Craft пива!
bytemesis (6012) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to deyholla! Pours rich deep mahogany, small tan head, decent lacing. Aroma is full of dark sugars, raisin, prune, fig, a touch of pine, chocolate. Flavor is a bit oxidized, medium sweet and medium bitter, chocolate, fig, raisin, cardboard, pine trees. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Pretty hot. Likely a bit past its prime, but still a nice sipper.
slowrunner77 (8994) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
never woulda guessed barleyine. black, super-hopped (100 ibus) and 12%. rich, dark roasted malts and a ton of hops in the flavor and aroma. would acheive pretty good balance except that everything is so in your face (not that there’s anything wrong woth that). overall, a good but not great beer with a lasting chocolate bitter finish."
Errl (2438) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle..Pour is dark black with a head..Nose is some oxidation, chocolate, roast...Taste is chocolate, roast, dry, spice..
vtafro (5907) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Brown pour with some head. Some malty, and reminiscence of hop aromas. Sweet malt, oxidation, spice and dry flavors.