patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2011
sampled at last summer’s Michigan Brewer’s Fest - Pours near black and smells of roast malt and chocolate. This full bodied brew tastes of sweet, roast chocolate malt and a touch of hops. It comes off as a tasty blend of flavors that doesn’t seem as high in alcohol as it is. Very good. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 1, 2011
Tasted on 3/16/11 on draft at Local Option. Pours oil black with an average tan head that slowly recedes to thin lace. The nose is primarily maple, but there is also a good amount of roasted coffee malt, anise, chocolate, and molasses. The flavor is sweet maple and molasses up front, moving to coffee, roasted malt, anise, and more maple and chocolate on the back. The body is full with light carbonation and a long anise and maple finish. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Thanks to a very good friend of mine for this hook up. 16oz flip top into my Rochefort glass...The beer pours a very dark brown bordering on black, looks pretty oily. Pours with no carbonation with a little light tan head...The aroma has a ton going on, bouron (lots of alochol in general), vanilla, prunes, brown sugar, bread. Its a pretty good combination, light slight burnt alcohol finish...The taste is not as good as the aroma, but its pretty decent again mostly alochol and vanilla on the taste with some sugar and burnt coffee finish...The feel is on the lighter side, light warm finish.
Overall, this was pretty good for an old ale. Super glad I was able to try this but to me this is one of those beers that gets scored higher than it deserves due to the rarity. A good experience but not outstanding. jcr (2719) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Draft. Deep brown body, almost opaque. Short, tan head, mostly diminishing. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, roasted malts chocolate, cherry cola and raisins. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. The finish is moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. Medium to full body, creamy texture and soft carbonation. The sweet molasses, chocolate and sugary tastes are balanced with some bitter roastiness and tartness in the finish. The warming alcohol is nicely muted in the taste and aroma. PhillyCraft (7584) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Draft at Teresa’s. Pours deep, rich brown, almost Coca-Cola black, with an amberish, creamy head. Aroma of vanilla, cinnamon, roasted malts, caramel, oats, barley, and sweet hints of coffee. Body is not quite full; bold but not overwhelming, with a silky, milky smoothness and a slick, satisfying mouthfeel. Not boozy in the least, but finishes with a pleasant, slight warming. Excellent brew.
Doodler (318) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Had this on draft at the Avery / Boulder Strong Ale Fest. I was looking forward to trying this one. Poured a rich mocha color with a decent head. Aromas of barrel wood, vanilla and whiskey. Great rich malts and dark fruits come forward as it warms. Starts off sweet, followed by an earthy maltiness and a big bourbon finish. A bit cloying due to the heat, but would likely be mucho delicioso if aged a bit longer. Chewy and filling.. cubs (10675) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Tap @ Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Dark brown/black appearane with a small brown head. Bourbon, dark malts and the maple syrup is obvious in the nose. Initially a sweet, vanilla flavor followed the dark chocolate maltiness of the Baltic Porter with the whole thing tasting like a mild maple syrup. The bourbon is unfortunately a little too dominate in my mind but still a great beer. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Hand bottle shared by BOLTZ. Pours near black with a thin tan head. The nose is chocolate, oats, dark fruit and roasted malt. The taste is coffee, ashy cocoa, burnt malt and booze. Medium bodied. Very tasty – tastes more like a porter than an Old Ale. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2011 Received this as a hand bottle. Not as aggressive as I would have expected. Mahogany bordering black with ruby red highlights and a caramel head. Lots of dark malt, caramel, brown sugar and molasses notes accompanying dark fruit both in aroma and flavor. Little vanilla as well. Not a ton of bourbony notes, however...more porter-like in flavor. Alcohol hidden well. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Sitting at the Capone’s bar rocking a phone review.
A: Pours a very dark, near black with the slightest hint of--surprisingly enough--pure maple syrup coloring. Not much head or lacing, other than a whisp here and there after a good swirl, but it still looks beautiful sitting in the glass. Lacing improves a good deal with agitation as it warms up.
S: The initial whiff is plenty of maple syrup alongside some darker ripe fruits, mostly making me think of dark semi-tart cherries. A wee bit of oak and the accompanying vanilla. Hints of molasses and brown sugar.
T: Again, loads of maple alongside some oak, sweet vanilla, molasses, and dark sugars. Not as much of the cherry-type tartness that I got from the nose.
M: A little bit thin, but this is made up for in part as there isnt a cloying sweetness like with many Old Ales, nor is there any discernable alcohol presence.
D: Very nice. Glad I got up here to try this one before it kicked. Hopefully other breweries will start following in Founders’ footsteps and start maple aging some of their bigger beers.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 02-12-2010