demmbonz (784) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2012
Smells fruity and boozy. Just a hint of hop aroma. I had a year old version (2011) on tap and a new bottle 2012 both this week. Both amazing. Very sweet and dangerously smooth. The only thing that could make it better is aging it in maple...well that’s another story. Percy0103 (784) - MEXICO - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle, 355ml. A clear ruby beer with a medium size white foamy head and some lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, spices, malt, alcohol and something that reminds me of white chocolate. Taste is bitter with a strong sweet double aftertaste. Some carbonation and astringency. Aftertaste reminds me of caramel. Hoprider (784) - DENMARK - JUN 11, 2016
Reddish brown pour with a beige head. Nose is english old ale with light raisins, nutty, slight caramel and bready aroma and maybe a slight soft vanilla spice to soften things up. The taste is fairly light with mostly caramel, light dark fruit and again a dry nutty pressence. Finishes malty, well rounded and with a sweet bready aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with fairly soft carbonation. checkmatei1 (783) - 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. DoublEE (781) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2012
The beer pours an amber color with an off-white head. The aroma has a lot of caramel and dark fruit notes, as well as a good dose of alcohol. The flavor is similar. The caramel malt is pretty strong and provides a decent amount of sweetness. It is accompanied by some dark fruit and dark cherry notes, as well as some tobacco and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Shark_Pants (781) - 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. akoeninger (776) - 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. 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. tillmac62 (768) - 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. 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.