AskForJenny (1086) - Ontario, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2010
12oz - gift bottle - Red/orange liquid, no head. Pine and sawdust on nose, some cream notes on plate. ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2010
10 ounce goblet - $9.00 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.
Appearance: Dispensed into a simple, all-purpose goblet a hazed, mahogany-hued body with a scant, white head.
Smell: A rich, invitingly malty nose smelling of caramel, chunks of toast, and brown sugar stirred up into cake batter. Fruity notes of citrus, cherries, and green raisins punctuated by some stinging alcoholic wafts.
Taste: The lush, tempting sweetness of heavily caramelized sugars with additional tastes of toasted bread, light brown sugar, and spiced holiday cake. The fruitiness from the aroma is well-represented in a taste of raisins marinated in cherry liqueur and spiced with a bit of dried orange peel. Moderate bitterness provides a bit of balance, though this one remains fairly on the sweet side of things. Soft, sweet finish with plenty of alcohol warmth rolling in.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, with a mouthfeel both smooth and a bit sticky. Medium-low carbonation.
Drinkability: Bold AND beautiful. A quality sipper, even on a day in South filled with 100-degree heat and 100-percent humidity. Gachupines (1252) - USA - JUL 30, 2010
Deep amber with a thin white head. Aroma is rich, musty with something that reminds me of spiced bread. Definitely unique. Flavor is also somewhat hard to peg. Rich flavor, some strong bittersweet notes. Hops are somewhat present but overwhelmed by the musty malty taste that was in the aroma. Some slight spice in the finish. Could almost describe this as liquid spiced bread. Overall, very interesting, you can’t reach for this beer at anytime, but a pleasant experience. sayravai (4711) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 26, 2010
(Bottled, sampled 2010-02-03) Clear deep copper with a small head. Strawberry nose with some fruity alcohol. Strawberry also in the flavor, with some stingy alcohol, touch of fruitiness, berries. Almost full body, medium CO2. A berryish, rounded and slightly alcoholic, not the most complex brew. llcooldave (1224) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Overripe banana aroma mixed with some cereal notes. Cloudy copper color. Bitter alcohol flavor, kinda unappealing... Overall it has a complex aroma but not that great of a flavor. Thanks to BarZigKin for sharing this!
cbfobes (2891) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Pours like an Amber. Smell is faint, but maybe a malt/whiskey type. Flavor tastes like malt and strong alcohol content...yet enjoyable. Definitely warms the insides. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Dark copper brown with a fizzy white head. Sweet malty toffee and vanilla aroma and taste with some fruity candy sugar notes to the finish. gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2010
On draft. This was a very thick beer with a high alcohol content. I enjoyed it very much while sipping it for a long time. I had to throw back the last 1/4 of the pint and it was a little rough. Another flavorful beer from Founders. dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 17, 2010
Bottle @ Beertemple. Dark orange brownish pour, medium off white head.
Aroma is fruity, whisky, sugar, overall quite sweet.
Flavour is liquorice bitterness, coffee, mokka, caramel, quite sweet overall.
Lingering slowly to some bitterness and back to sweet. Nice but too sweet for me. mixmasterob (1060) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2012 Bottle. Poured a clear reddish orange with no head although some lace was left behind. Aroma was of a lot of malts, some caramel, maybe some acidulated? Subtle sweet aroma from the malts, some fruit (raisins?), and some heat from the alcohol. Light carbonation led to a a full and oily mouthfeel. Nice finish, an extremely smooth and lasting bitterness. This seemed like a mellowed out barley wine to me, very nice indeed. The near 10% alcohol fooled me. Not my favorite style but I enjoyed this one.
Update: This has become one of my all time favorite beers. It’s delicate and robust at the same time. So smooth it’s not fair. One of the best crafted ales I have come across since I began this journey. Top shelf.
Yes, this is my favorite beer.