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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 378   ABV: 12.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
It’s not always a good thing when your reputation precedes you. But the complexity of this powerful wheat wine will give it a Sweet Repute no matter where, when or how your paths meet. Our brewing team painstakingly choreographed each layer of this beer’s characteristics, starting with a healthy wheat and roasted malt base and adding clean, fragrant hops. It’s one-hundred percent barrel aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels and bourbon barrels over the course of sixteen months, then blended using carefully calculated ratios for the ultimate final product. The resulting 12.6% ABV liquid pours a bright warm russet with a stubborn ivory head and an intoxicatingly sweet nutty aroma. Take your time allowing the layers of flavors to unfold… Because it’ll only get better.

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3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Clear caramel color with a thin film of foam. I primarily get alcohol in the aroma. After warming there is more malt and caramel but it’s rough. Taste is the same as aroma. Lots of alcohol taste along with malty caramel and some coffee. I really wanted to like this but the alcohol is just over powering. Possibly a year or so on the shelf would calm it down a little.


4.1
SG111 (1824) - New York, USA - FEB 27, 2017
Bottled at Clubhouse BFD event. Pours honey color, white head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, fig, maple syrup, citrus. Flavor is bourbon, oak, toffee, fig, vanilla, syrup, citrus, and floral bright notes in the finish. I’m a big fan.

3.6
rejtable (2690) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2016
Bottle from John. Pours copper some head and lacing. Nose is bourbon and maple. Notes of maple syrup, bourbon, vanilla. Taste big sweet med bitter. Medium body lively carbonation. Beas.

4.8
SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2016
Pours golden orange with a small beige ring. Smells vinous and sweet, and bourbon. Taste is sweet, bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Founders Sweet Repute finishes with a lingering sweetness.

3.2
ineedbeer (2154) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 6, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2016 Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Aroma is malt forward with a fairly strong hop character. Lots of caramel with lighter notes of burnt sugar, toffee, honey and toasted bread. Moderate hop notes with some grapefruit an pine resin. A light tropical fruit note. Hop character is fairly fruity. Pours a hazy, pale copper color with light brown and straw hues and a medium sized, thick, tan head that slowly recedes. Light lacing and moderate lacing. Flavor is fairly sweet with lots of caramel and honey notes. Some lighter burnt sugar and toffee notes with faint toasted bread character. Medium bitterness. Some light alcohol spice. Hop character is woodsy and somewhat herbal and reminds my of aqavit or jagermeister. Definitely a strong herbal finish to the beer. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall, an alright barleywine but weird at the same time. Fairly sweet and the herbal notes are odd. The bourbon and maple notes are fairly indistinct but may be contributing to the sweet, herbal character. Nothing about this is bad; it?s just weird, especially in the finish.

3.8
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Pours a dark amber color, with a off white head that had some lacing power. Aromas of citrus, sweet malts, and some alcohol. Flavor isn’t as sweet as I was led to believe. You can taste the alcohol from the get go, what follows is a nice mellow brown sugar (I Guess) sweetness that finishes with a nice bitter hop.

4.3
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Had this chilling for a couple of years before drinking it this year. I’m glad I let it mellow down a bit, because, for a 12.6% beer, this was a very easy and mellow drink. The aroma is vintage Founders wood-aged malt bomb, with the sticky sugary character dialed up three notches: honey, vanilla, maple candy, bourbon, molasses, and sultanas manage to overwhelm what little comes through in the way of hops. There’s a prickle of alcohol throughout, but it’s just there to cut through the stickiness. The mouthfeel is unsurprisingly firm and sticky, with a little effervescence. The taste is largely sweet, with moderate malt bitterness brought up by some mild booziness. On the tongue, molasses, maple, and bourbon shine above the rest. Greatly enjoyable, though certainly not for all. Oh, no. I’d love it if they release it again. I’d save it for the coldest night of the year.

3.6
JaBier (7973) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2016
On tap at the Founders Cellar Raid on 1/29/16. Clear amber to copper in color with a medium white head. Aroma of booze, honey, maple and wheat. Malt and honey flavor with caramel and maple accents before a boozy finish.

3.8
vyvvy (6481) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 3, 2016
Pours clear golden orange with a small of white head and some floaties because of a bad pour. The aroma has a lot of thick malt, some mushiness, light maple and some warm alcohol. It has a full smooth body with a mild amount of carbonation. The flavor starts with rich caramel malt, vanilla, alcohol and some cooked apples. The finish has some maple, spice, alcohol and a hint of oak. Very nice.

4
jgb9348 (6269) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Crisp, clear copper coloured body with a nice, dense, three centimetre tall tan head that leaves a pretty ugly lace. Aroma of alcohol, pit fruits, bright hops, pine, spruce, caramel and a good dose of oak from a barrel. Full-bodied; Strong sweet flavours up front of pit fruits, apricots, caramel and cereal, along with a good strong and drying oak flavour with a lot of bourbon and alcohol flavours around as well. Aftertaste is quite complex, but relatively mild and subdued with some sweetness, pine/spruce notes and a good oaky, boozey flavour at the end. Overall, a nicely subdued and nuanced beer with good flavours and somehow (despite the high ABV) smooth and relatively easy-to-drink beer. I sampled this 75 cL (any barley wine should not be in a bottle anywhere close to this size!) bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Tyson’s Corner (Falls Church), Virginia on 12-December-2013 for US$16,99, sampled at home in Washington on 07-January-2016.

4.3
slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - DEC 19, 2015
I was a little worried about the age on this, but dang what a unique and tasty brew! All kinds of weird fruit notes from the beer opening up nicely with maple and light bourbon barrel character. Still had some bite and got better as I sipped.


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