JDBaker11058 (2336) - Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Appearance: smooth, syrupy caramel pour, with a tiny head that vanished quickly. Aroma: booze, sweet caramel and white grapes, raisins and spices. Taste: very rich malts, sweet syrup, dark fruits, pine, minerals, and wood. Finish: sharp, slightly bitter, and very strong alchohol. Notes: Not one of my favorites. Very similar to a barleywine, one of my least favorite styles. Clearly very well-done version of an old ale, just not my type. edwardbass (858) - Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Nice malt, sweet, barrel aged aroma. Very malt sweet taste with a hint of wood and the alcohol taste is obvious. That kind of turns me of a bit. Not one of my favorites from Founders, but this is still tasty ale. BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2010
12oz bottle acquired in trade with xmarcnolanx. Poured a cloudy light amber/orange body that was almost still, yet had very good legs. Aromas ov VERY dark/ripe fruits, alcohol, malty sweetness and more alcohol. Flavors of medium malt sweetness, dark fruits, alcohol, toffee and a light hop finish. Soft carbonation and a thin to medium mouthfeel. a bit thinner than expected. I love the complex malts and depth of this one. HonusWagner (2218) - Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2010
I think the unpleasant taste of the Hopzilla mitigated my enjoyment of this beer. I am hedging between previous tastes of this beer and the one I’m drinking now, because I doubt this beer has a notably spicy finish. DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Smells of bourbon, corn syrup and fermented bananas with undertones of a wet dog. It’s a little hazy and reddish-copper in color. Taste is of alcohol and a bit of coconut. Starts sweet and ends bitter. Very bourbon-ish. Not a huge fan.
matthewjk (1124) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
A highly malted and sweet ale that I enjoyed. My preference would be to reduce the sweetness, but that’s what you get with this one. Very close to being a barley wine style that I’m not usually happy with, but this was enjoyable. Probably because Founders is so good at what they do. gpekar (497) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Poured a hazy, rich, dark, orange amber with some bits of sediment suspended in the beer. There was a tall beige head at first, but it reduced to about 1/2" rather quickly and just a film eventually. There was a good caramel/toffee sweet aroma and just a hint of chocolate. The beer had a thick creamy texture with a good toffee flavor and a nice alcohol warmth upfront. The alcohol and hops leave a bit of a bite and the warmth lasts well into the finish. There is a nice bit of a bourbon flavor as well that comes through. Excellent beer!!!!!!! yngwie (17186) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 9, 2010
Bottle. It pours a nice-looking pale copper color and a small, off-white head. Malty sweetness, caramel, some cloves and alcohol, and there’s also a vanilla and woody touch of bourbon. Full-bodied, warming and pleasantly carbonated. The flavor has a distinct bourbon touch, with bread, caramel, quite a lot of sweetness, some raisins, a fine resiny bitterness, alcohol warmth, even more sweetness and a bitterness taking you towards the end. Sweet, slightly bitter finish. Overall, too sweet, but really lovely anyway. A bit heavy on the alcohol too, but definitely lovely. 101009 Geokkjer (7643) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 9, 2010
Bottle.Pours chestnut with a small off-white head.Aroma of bread,rye,vanilla ,oak , alcohol and grains.Flavor is sweet and malty ,warming alcohol , firm bitterness and some nice oaky vanilla and tannins.Full body, soft carbonation.Very nice, complex and flavorful beer. gunnar (9466) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2010
Bottle from Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam. Pours hazy red amber with a small fast diminishing beige head. Toffee and raisins aroma, not sweet but complex also some leather. Taste is dark malts with a moderate sweetness, chocolate and light roasted nuts. Almost chemical end, with a strong alcohol presence. I am perhaps too young to appreciate this beer.....