ericcassidy (38) - Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2010
wow - thick, rich and chocolatey. It reminds me of brownie batter with a little bit of smoke or soy sauce. Love it! Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - APR 16, 2011
Had on tap at the armsby abbey stoutfest, malty sweetness shines, tastes oaked, vanilla, palate is much more complex than the nose, licorice, anisette markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2010 Growler from the man himself. Pours dark cola brown with a minimal tan khaki head. Nose is booze, vanilla, chocolate, raisin, malt, maple candy, sugar, and love. Flavor is maple, oak, vanilla, chocolate, raisin, malt, maple candy, booze, brown sugar, and an incredible amount of depth. Flavor and aroma are very complex, very sweet, and very enticing. This is an incredible beer. My favorite old ale combined with the CBS treatment. Incredible. I would drink the dregs of a keg or growler. Finishes sweetly but balanced. A definitive maple old ale. Awesome: practically perfect in every way. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Sampled on draft tonight at Capone’s.
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with only the slightest of dark mahogany edges when held to a light source and a one finger frothy chocolate beige head that quickly fades into a lasting ring that coats the glass with sheets of lacing.
Complex aroma with a lot of different scents bouncing off of one another. Lots of sweetness from the barrel, especially heavy bourbon, oak and vanilla along with some sweet maple syrup notes. Underneath there is a strong chocolate malt presence that is only slightly roasty with hints of coffee/espresso bean, caramel, toffee and licorice. More sweet alcohol and subtle bitter hops towards the end of the nose. This beer smells amazing.
Chewy medium body that is pleasantly viscous with a lot of sweet chocolate maltiness, lactic cream, toffee and subtle hops. This beer is only slightly roasty which is a welcome change to many of the beers in this style that I’ve had recently. Extremely smooth but still very complex. The bourbon is prominent but this beer is not hot at all. The prominent bourbon character ads tremendous flavor without killing or overpowering the other flavors. There is still plenty of silky chocolate, subtle licorice and hops, toffee, vanilla, sweet maple syrup and roasted coffee. There is a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish which was unexpected and added to the complexity of this amazing beers. I really can’t get over how well balanced and smooth this beer drinks. The ABV is excellently masked and the only alcohol notes are from the bourbon which is subtle. All of the flavors are well integrated and none of the characteristics are overpowering. This beer is excellent and I could not recommend it any higher. Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2010
On tap @ Chappy’s 2/11/10.Black pour with a good beige head.Aroma was bourbon,roasted malt,chocolate,with some vanilla hints.Taste was maple/molasses and bourbon with the roasted malt coming through along with some raisin(y) hints.Very smooth and sweet but very drinkable.Loved it,wish Founders would bottle this.
Reynolds314 (3470) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Had this on Draft at Armsby Abbey stoutfest. Listed as an old ale and not a stout, but it kind of walks the line between the two styles. This was the surprise of the event. I absolutely love this beer. A nice maple sweetness in the background with light roasted notes perfectly balanced and amazingly thick and creamy. One of the best beers ive ever had. A+ founders. QCBWarlock (44) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2013
I had this beer on 2 separate occasions at South Philly Tap Room back in 2011. The forst time it was referred to as a Imperial Maple Porter. It was unfuckingbelievable. It was a one-off, so I never thought I’d enjoy it again. I luckily stumbled back in on the right day and got to enjoy it again. This time it was called an Old Ale. It was even better the second time. Still to this day it is by far my favorite beer from Founders. I really wish they would brew it again, and again. tapthis (272) - Baytown, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2015
poors a very dark brown/black color with a good head and carbonation. very smooth mouthfeel with strong malt and bourbon presence. has tastes of caramel and molasses as well trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2010
@ Founders. This is a great impy stout. There is a feel and flavor totally unique to me. An irish cream alcohol content and creamy feel really rounds this feel off really well. This one is just a great overall drink. clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2010
On tap at South Park Tavern, Dayton, Oh, you guys rock. Almost black, reddish mahogany hue around the edges, wispy tan head. Aroma - maple, vanilla, oak, chocolate, smoke. Flavor is heavy with chocolate and coffee, maple syrup and smokiness lurking. Big but smooth, alcohol well hidden, sweet overall, but not annoyingly so. EXCELLENT!!!!!!!