jdb288 (584) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2013
I’m a scotch ale fan but this didn’t hit me for whatever reason. Good vanilla flavor and in the nose but it fell a little flat. Perhaps a bad bottle. Will try again. TheLevi4000 (77) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Poured a dark brown with a small tan, cream head. Sweet high alcohol aroma with notes of vanilla and oak. The taste is what makes this beer, even with a high alcohol presence. The vanilla and oak come through as well as a little caramel. WOW this is a good beer. tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 5, 2013
2013 bottle. Pour is a dark brown with a little red coming through on the edge, and a foamy tan head. Lots of bourbon, oak and vanilla up front on the nose, good bit of alcohol noticeable, caramel, toffee, a nice dark fruit character, and a wonderful sweet malty note throughout. Tastes excellent, there’s a nice very subtle smokiness, little bit of caramel, the dark cherry note and nice syrupy sweetness are prevalent, and the bourbon, vanilla and oak flavors bring up the rear. There’s a fair amount of alcohol there too. I’m loving this, the bourbon doesn’t smack you in the face, it just kind of rounds out the beer a little. Skipsteroo (8) - Underhill, Vermont, USA - NOV 4, 2013 does not count
on tla at the Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier. alliance100 (1173) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2013
What a delicious surprise. Despite it mildly boozy smell and description, this beer has a surprisingly soft, fluffy mouthfeel with a semi sweet deliciousness as if the perfect cupcake and stout had a baby. I know that sounds horrible, but it’s the first thing it made me think. Beautiful lacing that lingers on the glass; soft and full on the palate, not to sweet, and I must repeat that it was a totally pleasant surprise. Yum.
12oz bottle , pours deep amber , aromas of sweet bourbon vanilla , moderate carbonation , sweet caramel , bourbon and vanilla flavors . Love to age this one but prefer it fresh . Easily in my top 5 Founders beers .
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b79turner (261) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 2, 2013
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, 2013 vintage. Dark brown with a small white head. Nose is scotch, vanilla, burnt caramel. Medium heavy carbonation. I really like this one. Had it once on tap and thought it was way too thick. I don’t get the same texture from the bottled version. Great beer! Can’t wait to get a little age on these. Dr_MedievAle (215) - Alabama, USA - NOV 2, 2013
aroma: vanilla, bourbon, peanut brittle. appearance: dark ruby/auburn, semi-opaque. minimal and quickly dissipating white head. very few carbo bubbles. spotty lacing. taste: sweet dark fruit and caramel quickly give way to hot and intense bourbon. palate: thin but not really dry. bitter finish. koleminer20 (4091) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2013
On draft at Founders. Pours into a snifter with a gorgeous ruby color. The thin head dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing. The aroma is gorgeous. There are some hints of licorice and dark fruits, but the caramel, hints of vanilla, and the bourbon mixes delightfully. The flavor is equally as good. A prefect maltiness, with the caramel and the bourbon meshing into the fruitiness. This is substantially better than the first one I'd tried. Amazing.
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12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Appearance is a hazy ruby-brown color, much like cola. Aroma is incredibly rich malts, caramel, dark fruits (plums and raisins), toffee, warm booze, and a hint of vanilla. There aren’t enough words to describe how rich this smells. At first, the taste is similar to the scent, but less rich and with more prominent vanilla. However, the aftertaste is very much smooth, warm bourbon and vanilla. That lingering aftertaste is just incredible. It’s definitely a sipper, though. I didn’t know what to expect from Founders on this one, but I’m not disappointed. njager246 (699) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2015 Pours dark with hints of ruby... great bourbon aroma, amazing taste bourbon and dark fruits.. this is a wonderful top of the line beer!