Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Sampled at the Corkscrew, Urbana, during their weekly Sunday tasting. I’m really taken by the notes of nutmeg and vanilla in this one, from the nose to the palate. The bourbon barrels add to a solid old ale rather than detracting. There’s a good hop finish. What’s lacking here is a heavy mouthfeel, and more candided fruit and spice that I might expect from an old ale. Its certainly doesn’t try to be a barleywine, so in some sense, its kind of a novel beer. One doesn’t see many bourbon aged old ales. Cakes (436) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2010
16 oz glass.
Old style ale. Slight head, bitter taste. Amber brown.
Relatively low carbonation meant there was less than a thin cap of head.
The aroma is very malt based, sweet with a honeyish background and just a bit of hops present here. caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Pours amber with a quick, fine, light brown head. Nose is very sweet and fruity. Taste is mostly a sweet, semi-citrusy malt with a touch of alcohol and hops on the backside. Finish is sweet and a little oily. Solid beer. AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2015 Beautiful aroma of eggnog, cinnamon, toffee, white chocolate fudge, vanilla horchata, brown sugar, old leather, and booze. The pour is deep amber with no head. The taste closely mirrors the aroma, being mostly sweet and mildly bitter, with a splash of alcohol. The finish leans dry and woody, with a slight oaky tartness that dies slowly. Syrupy palate with minor, prickly carbonation. Balanced, flavorful, substantial. Perfect for a winter evening by the fireplace. Oh, Founders, how I love you. Lovely! libertine (433) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2013
pours copper with minimal head.aroma of dark cherries,molasses,oak and pepper.flavor is spot on with the aroma.full bodied,light carbonation and has an oily mouthfeel.slightly boozey and nice warming effect on the palate.finishes sweet with a little pepper at the end.another top notch beer from founders.had this before but first for me to rate it.cant say a bad thing about it.nice all around
fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a Founders Brewing Co. snifter clear caramel.
Aroma is sweet-so sweet with some booze reminds me of maple syrup.
Flavor reminds me of a strong barleywine with more malt. Rich & thick. So nice and well done. Each year I look forward to this brew & each year I am happy to consume. Satisfied.
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Has a distinct oxidized sherry, raisin flavor. The nose is a bit off-putting but flavor in the mouth is much more agreeable. Drinks very well for nearly 10%. Body is lighter than expected. BadAprilia1000 (433) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - APR 3, 2015
Pours a beautiful dark reddish brown color with no head. Aroma is booze, apricot, caramel, raisin, toffee, molasses, vanilla, slight hop bitter. Taste is apricot, caramel, cinnamon, raisin, toffee, molasses, oaky vanilla, slight woody smoke. Overall a great beer, very complex and sweet. Zekada (427) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle share from a friend. Aroma has malt, dates and grapes. Pours clear amber with a small white head. Taste has some malts and is bittersweet with some fruit. Palate is medium thick and lingers in the mouth. Overall an okay beer. Nice body but you could wish for more taste. jar72404 (426) - USA - JUN 28, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber with thin cream head. Aroma is caramel. Flavor is caramel, vanilla, and peet. Very nice.