S_Side_Smitty (776) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Pours brown with a small light tan head. Aroma is malts and maple syrup.taste is nice. Sweet syrupy malts up front, chalk in the middle, and a significant bitterness in the finish. Flavors, though not overly specific, are balanced and blended well. samsmith33 (772) - - MAY 3, 2013
Musty, aroma reminds me of the smell of old peoples houses that I recall from collecting ad a paperboy. Great memories, terrible olfactories. App- Clear copper, small head, lasting lace. Taste- quite sour. Overly bitter and sour tastes make for a puckery feel. Endearing flavor, but takes a while to get into. Clean brew, but not smooth. After"feel" is pasta-starchy....like al dente spaghetti with no sauce.
Not a success, but I am still a fan of founders. akoeninger (770) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Picked up this beer in a 4 pack on a whim. I’ve always been satisfied by my experiences with Founders brewery and this was no exception. This old ale pours an enticing red amber hue with minimal head and a slight haze. The smell is sweet with hints of bourbon, its quite a treat to smell this beer. The taste follows the aroma, full of sweet malt, alcohol, bourbon, and syrup. This was a surprisingly good beer, I haven’t had too many old ales before, but if this is any indicator, it is definitely a style I will be exploring more. agent_persik (767) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 30, 2014
Clean copper color, small beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel, vanilla, whiskey, dried fruits, spices. Sweet bitter taste has similar notes. Medium body and soft carbonation, warming touch of alcohol. Complex and interesting ale. checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Draft at Capone’s: Poured an orange/reddish color with a small head. The aroma was sugary dark fruits. The flavor was raisins, grapes, plums and sweet malts which hides the alcohol well. Overall, an excellent beer by Founders.
Shark_Pants (764) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2014
Clear ruby red with small soapy tan head. Lots of dried stone fruits and booze in the aroma, with molasses and malts as well. The taste has a big boozy hit, with molasses, sweet malt backbone, a little sweetened grapefruit and a long hop bitterness in the finish. Heavy bodied with a peppery sensation on the tongue. It’s somewhere between a barleywine, IPA and red ale. Quite good but could hide the booze a bit better. PugUglyBrewer (764) - - AUG 6, 2017
Dark and clean amber color with a creamy sustaining head of light tan foam. Caramel malt base supports light molasses and oak additions. Drinks great at around 55-60 degrees. DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2008
12oz fresh stubby. Pours a dark orange, Barleywine-esque color, with a steady but small off white head. Hazy, muddy color. Aroma is surprisingly unique and interesting. Very floral, potpourri noticeable. A sudden memory smacks me as I smell this. Something very distinct, very singular jumps out. I try very hard to pinpoint it. Sushi? Wasabi? No. Blue cheese. Distinctly blue cheese. Stilton, Roquefort. Crazy how accurate that descriptor is right now. Pungent and cheesy. Also some dark/red fruit aromas, similar to a Flanders Red are apparent though subtle. Taste is similar to the aroma, though sweetness is very muted. This tastes a little young, not from apparent alcohol but it seems muted, non-complex; it needs to open up a little and I think age will do the trick. Very clean and the alcohol is very well hidden, especially for the ABV and age. Mouthfeel is silky and smooth, bitterness is very low. This is nice and I can’t wait to see what some time does for it. M_Sack (761) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 2, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2017 Bottle. Deep amber, thin cream head and medium lacing. Incredibly complex aromas of molasses, cherry, marzipan, brown sugar, caramel, oak and a lick of alcohol. Malty front, followed by an oily/pine hop middle and finish with a long moderate bitterness. The oak was present but the alcohol dominated to the beers detriment tillmac62 (756) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2014
BOD 4/13/13. Pours a deep amber with a heavy deep dark ruby hue. Weak head and lacing due to the alcohol content. Heavy nose of dark malt (caramel), molasses and dark fruit sweetness over alcohol with bourbon and oak notes. Light carbonation. Almost full bodied with a nice smooth creamy texture. The complex flavor profile is well balanced. It begins with sweet dark fruit flavors (fig, plum and raisin) which flow into a significant bourbon element. As the bourbon fades, oak and vanilla present themselves over a molasses note. The finish is smooth and leaves you with a light alcohol burn and a touch of hops. This is the Olde Ale standard, IMHO.
BOD 4/13/12. Similar head, but hazy with flocculants. The nose is similar, but quite subdued. Bourbon is the most prevalent while the dark fruits have receded. Same body and carbonation. Like the nose, flavors have also gone downhill. Age has decomplexed the flavor profile. While still outstanding, it just doesn’t reach out and grab you. Everything is there, but in a subdued fashion and more of a blended presentation rather than a progression on the palate. On it’s own, I would give the aged version a 4.1.