chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
On tap at Haymarket into a 4oz tasting glass...Pours a deep amber with orange notes, a decent tope head, looks good...The aroma is pretty good very sweet with lots of caramel, honey, spice and a little oak. Good start...The taste just doesn’t translate, this is borderline horrible. Almost all bitter alcohol from start to finish, oak, and honey try to help out but they can’t do enough. I had a hard time finishing this. I just can’t believe how bad this is.
Avoid for me. Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - MAR 28, 2011
An amber/orange/copper color. Cannot see through this beer. Very small head that was an off white color. Probably due to the high alcohol content. Had some decent legs after each sip. A sweet nose of dried fruit. Some caramel and some nuttiness reminiscent of peanut butter fudge. Very nice. A few notes of alcohol. Similar to a brandy or wine. Very complex and very well balanced. A sweet molasses flavor combined with a caramel malt. I’m also getting some dark fruit. Something similar to black cherries. The brandy type alcohol flavors are there, but they are not tart or overbearing. The nuttiness is not very prominent in the taste. Medium/full mouthfeel. Chewy. Somewhat smooth. A very nice bit of alcohol warmth all the way through. Nicely dry. Leaves more than enough on the palate. This is an excellent beer. It’s a sipper, however and not conducive to a high drinkability standard. Very complex. This would go well on a cold night while reading a book. I, personally, would not want to have more than one of these at a time. It might put me on the floor. yackery (168) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2011
12oz bottle pours a fast-dissolving head over a dark, hazy, rusty yellow body. There’s a bit of a creamy lacing that slickly slides down.
Never has a punch in the nose with nuts been as lovely. Roast toffee. Woody.
Taste is mildly bitter carrying the nose with finely-crafted balance.
Palate is full, thick, and nutty. Carbonation is fizzy, And the finish is bitter nut. Not sticky but nicely clean. TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Found another founders to try out as a one off. Know next to nothing about old ales besides that they are kind of like barley wine, but I think I might like them better after this. Perfect shiny clear amber brown color with no head. The aroma is a great malt punch of caramel and some burning paper, but also a sweet smell like a cherry lollipop. Scent of booze just touches underneath. The taste starts off as a quick chocolate but immediately goes into the caramel sweetness. Fades with a tiny taste of booze. Very smooth palate. A beer to take an hour with. QuezXLV (423) - Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Looks awesome with a ton of particulates. I’d give it a 5 but there wasn’t much head. Aroma is unique and powerful and the alcohol is there but subtle. Very smooth on the palate and just the right amount of carbonation. I love the oak/barrel taste in the flavor. Founders once again hit another homerun with this one.
crossovert (12912) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
12 oz bottle. Bottled 2/10/10.
Pours into my snifter a beautiful clear reddish orange with a creamy ivory head that lasts for a good amount of time before slowly receding and leaving some nice lacing.
The smell is luscoius. There is tons of caramel and butterscotch. It is also earthy with a touch of hops. There is also a stark dark fruit scent. It is a very luxurious looking and smelling beer.
The taste isn’t as good as the other two but it is very good. It is alot more bitter than expected with a nice hop bite. The malt is here too and it is almost cloyingly sweet. There is an abundance of caramel on the palate.
The mouthfeel is thick but has a nice, smooth carbonation, it is slightly cloying but not overly form the sugar and alcohol.
The alcohol in this one isn’t perfectly hidden but it works well and makes this one feel like a strong barleywine going down.
Overall it is one beautiful looking and beautifully scented brew, the taste is good but not spectacular.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-12-2010 21:51:54 ekstedt (6773) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2011
Bottle (35 cl) from the Cracked Kettle. Shady mahogny, medium brief off-white head. Rich malty aroma with toffee, dried fruits, raisins and figs, and some vanilla oak notes, and some toasted notes as well. Medium bodied and velvetly smooth. Well balanced, fairly dry with soft bitterness. Really good, but I would have preferred even more discrete oak notes. mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2011
I really liked this one. It gave me a buzz and tickled my tongue. Hoppy and strong. Nice copper color and decent head. Sediments were floating around and I wanted another for the road oh wait 9.8 a yes sir! NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Pours copper with a lot of floaties suspended in there. No head. Aroma is sweet - vanilla, those pink candy peanuts, and dark fruit. Taste is the same with buttery notes and and nice metallic hoppy finish. Tastes like a barley wine really. Alcohal is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is thick sticky and syrupy. A thick heavey beer that is good, but not the kind of thing I would drink regularly. 48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Poured a very dark brown with a very thin head. Nose is sweet malt and some faint dark fruit. Tatse is very nutty, malty and surprisingly sweet. Drinkable and very enjoyable.