Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 3, 2009
#490 for this beer,12oz bottle, courtesy of shawnm213, thanks man. Kind of a medium dark red color, some copper as well. The head was rather thin, a bit off-white in color. Sweet ripe fruits and a little caramelly maltiness, very rich. First off, this was pretty smooth initially, but it did have a pretty big alcohol bite on the tongue, slightly bitter, pretty good. (967) Braudog (6712) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bottle. Muddy brown, like dirty river water. The aroma goes with that description -- exceptionally sour and dirty. Wow, this has a strong flavor -- like furniture polish. Exceptionally malty, and bordering on the sour, this is for the accustomed palate only. (#3625, 8/2/2009) deyholla (11601) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2009
On tap at MBG Summer Festival. Poured a reddish hazy amber with a light brown head. Aroma was sweet throughout with barley notes. Began with sweet malts but dark notes as well as alcohol grew throughout. Quite thick on the tongue, slipy120 (81) - Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2009
The aroma is strong of grain and you can smell the alcohol (seeing as this beer is 9.8% ABV that is normal). The color is almost red and the when poured there is a very small head that disappears almost immediately. It is sweet with a bitter finish but not as bitter of a finish as in stouts. Overall good beer and another reason I am happy to have Founders in town. Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2009
12 oz bottle from Founders. I love founders so its fitting that this is my 100 beer rating. Pours a dark orange color, almost brown. Aroma is very good I smell the alcohol, some barley, and some fruit hints. Taste sweet yet spicy. I’m feeling the alcohol in this one. It is very good.
jredmond (8284) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2010 Bottle. Pours a dark red body with slight haze and a ton of sediment. The aroma is malt, fruit, caramel. Mouthfeel is incredible and smooth with notes of malt and fruit (raisin and prune). hayduke (5204) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
From a 12 oz bottle this poured a very rich and dark amber with an off-white head and lots of lacing. Mouthfeel very slick and oily. Flavor is of sweet malt, ripe fruit, alcohol, and earthiness. Reminds me a lot of Old Stock from North Coast. A very nice brew. tedovertu (297) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Heavy perfume resin hops mixed with a little butterscotch. Also taste a little bourbon. Small fizzy off white head that has virtually no lacing. Medium amber body. Slightly bitter with a little sour milk in the finish. Extremely long duration. Full bodied with an oily texture. Lightly astringent with soft carbonation. decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Slightly hazed deep amber pour. Dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel malt, and a hint of abv. Sweet malt, dried fruit, abv, and a good bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation. ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2009
12 oz bottle served in a tulip glass. Pour was a hazy brown with rusty highlights. The head was thin and white, which dissipated rather quickly, and left a small amount of lacing. Nose is malt, yeast, bread, barely, dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste is malt, earth, yeast, and plums with a slight hop bitter in the wet finish. This is a very delicious beer, especially if you are a connoisseur of big/heavy dark beers. This has all the wonderful characteristics of those styles, yet doesn’t weigh you down quite as much. This would be a great compromise for the warmer months, provided it wasn’t too hot outside.