coachd (898) - Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2014
The aroma is hard to place - sort of like a scotch ale with its maltiness, but a little more spicy. Pours a great amber color with a surprisingly large off white head that takes a while to dissipate. The taste is malty but not sweet, instead bitter with some boozy undertones. Very drinkable for 9.8% ABV. Call me crazy, but I found it to taste like an imperial IPA crossed with a coffee stout. I don’t always like oak aging, but it really comes across nicely in this one, enhancing the aftertaste considerably. The palate was slick with a bitter and slightly oaky finish that lasts until your next sip. I was reluctant to try this because it says it is similar to a barleywine, which I am not a fan of. The barleywine characteristics in this one are slight, and overall it’s a must try. Founders, you have impressed me once again. robertjm (893) - Albany, California, USA - APR 25, 2012
(trade w/changeup45) - Minimal foam after slight pfft opening bottle. Murky muddy dark brown body. Aroma of cocoa powder and raisins. Very sweet. Raisins and figs. Mouthfeel has a texturre like there’s something in it like cocoa. Slight alcoholic aftertaste. Hope to have this on draft someday to see how it tastes fresh. Bricktop86 (881) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Pours clear light brown with a white head. Aroma is Aroma of dark fruits, roast, and molasses. Taste follows nose b33r (875) - Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Nice amber color with no head. Weak aroma, just a little malty and light vinous notes. Extreme malty flavor makes this one okay. Bawelt (874) - Lyon, FRANCE - MAR 31, 2016
Mérite d’être vieillie.
Nez assez belle avec pas mal de levure, du malt, et un peu de boisé.
Bouche assez proche d’une quadruple avec les gouts de mélasse, des notes de chêne très perceptibles bien soutenues par les levures.
Vraiment bonne mais reste un peu jeune.
woodychevy (874) - - MAY 25, 2014
From a bottle at a dinner party. Founders really can do no wrong for me.
Pours a reddish brown with a small white dissipating head. Nose is super malty, caramel, sweet, molasses. Taste is really smooth- the 10% alcohol is hidden well- although it is there in the finish if you pay attention. Taste is tons of malts- although it is not overly sweet- with earthiness, pine, vanilla, bourbon, and citrus coming to the party. Subtle and smooth. Kind of makes one wish for the local watering hole in a sea faring port on a cold stormy night.
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Poured from the bottle to a nice brownish orange with thick off-white head gthat lingered to mid glass and left decenrt lacing. Nose is a nice, pleasant mix of malted dark fruit, faint spices and a touch of alcohol (bourbon). Mouthfeel is full and a little thick, and the taste adds some brown sugar to the scents of the nose. Long warming finish tops this one off. airrick2003 (872) - Louisiana, USA - APR 26, 2014
Appearance: pours with a huge light tan head that settles into a very high density, the beer is very clear and a nice bare color, nice head retention
Aroma: amber malt, some nuttiness, pretty faint under that head
Taste: light malt sweetness, has an alcohol warmth to it, bread, some spice, caramel, hints of grain
Palate: soft carbonation, very heavy and thick mouthfeel, alcohol on the aftertaste
Overall: you know this is a serious beer when you drink it, hides the very high abv pretty well, pretty unique beer ffaoe (871) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2017
light malt aroma. red and clear in color with nice log lasting head. taste is initially richly of malt followed by oak flavor ADfan (870) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 30, 2016
In the glass it has a reddish amber color with a small head. Aroma of sweetness like alcohol soaked fruit, raisins and oak. Taste is smooth with molasses, figs, raisins and more alcohol. Big flavor with a good balance that hides the alcohol.