Block (2950) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Pours a red-brown with a white head. Tons of particulates and yeast floating around. Aroma of caramel malts, yeast and alcohol. Alcohol is present throughout and somewhat balanced by woody and caramel flavors. HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Bottle courtesy of bulldogp04. Poured a hazy amber with a thin beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, wood and booze. Medium bodied with decent carbonation and tongue prickling alcohol. Flavor is very boozy, really tastes like bourbon was added. Also present are notes of vanilla, wood, spice, and rasin. Finishes like bourbon with lots of warming alcohol. Seems a little unrefined. joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2009
medium brown with medium white head. carbonation is moderate. nose of english hops and sweet malt. a fair degree of malt bitterness is the initial flavor, followed by a reasonable level of hop flavor, which finishes with a high degree of residual sweetness from unfermented sugars as well as some specific raisony crystal flavors. a very nice example of the style that improves as the beer warms to near room temp sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle at The Headkeeper. Pours a dark and hazy amber, average beige head, some lacing. Sweet malt, caramel and some subtle hop notes are noted in the aroma. The flavor profile is dominated by sweet malt, caramel, then touches of raisin, whiskey and/or bourbon and some subtle oak notes. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2009 Thanks to goryskewych for this 08 bottle. Yes, you’re going to think I am crazy for this rating, but this beer is a sucker punch of flavor. Amazing symphony of barrel and beer. Pours a hazy red-brown with a minimal white-ish head. Nose is brandy, spice, raisin, booze, toffee, ripe fruit, figs, plums, and all manner of goodness. Flavor gives chills... brandy, raisin, whiskey, overripe dark fruit, vanilla, and barrel. A mountain of sweetness, but not oversweet. This beer is like enjoying the company of an old friend. Medium-bodied and beautiful to look at and enjoy. Every sip brings remarks of "holy shit," but in a good way, not like Mbege. This beer lingers with malt sweetness before the flavor and beer are gone and I begin looking for another beer.
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2009
The flavor here was just off, maybe I got a bad bottle, and will have to try another of my 4-pack and maybe re-rate. Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Hazy brown ruby pour with a big beige head. Spicy citrus and molasses aroma, also other ripe fruits are present. Smooth caramel texture with alcohol and sweet fruits, and a bitter roast finish. Great balance, very flavorful. tmoreau (4593) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2009
On tap at Brixie’s, Brookfield, IL. Served in a 10 oz. footed ale glass. Poured a clear, deep amber with an off white head and clingy lacing. The aroma combined some light grain with light sweetness to give off some vanilla and a wisp of banana. The flavor added some smooth malt, caramel, light sweetness and some warming alcohol. Nice fullness in the body with a tongue coating mouthfeel. Solid brew! slitcher (268) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Pours a dark copper with a small tan head. Raisins, toffee, and vanilla on the nose. Dark brown sugar, raisins, port and alcohol. An excellent sipping beer and one I plan to cellar for a while to see how it developes. Founders does it again. jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2009
12oz bottle–pours an off white ring for a head and hazy copper color. Aroma is medium malt-toffee, dark fruit-cherry, boozy/wood. Taste is medium malt-toffee/brown sugar, dark fruit-cherry/raisin, boozy/wood, herbal/spice hops. Nicer as it warmed to cellar temp then room temp. occasional. Sipping. Thanks to decaturstevo for sharing.