mixmasterob (1058) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2012 Bottle. Poured a clear reddish orange with no head although some lace was left behind. Aroma was of a lot of malts, some caramel, maybe some acidulated? Subtle sweet aroma from the malts, some fruit (raisins?), and some heat from the alcohol. Light carbonation led to a a full and oily mouthfeel. Nice finish, an extremely smooth and lasting bitterness. This seemed like a mellowed out barley wine to me, very nice indeed. The near 10% alcohol fooled me. Not my favorite style but I enjoyed this one.
Update: This has become one of my all time favorite beers. It’s delicate and robust at the same time. So smooth it’s not fair. One of the best crafted ales I have come across since I began this journey. Top shelf.
Yes, this is my favorite beer. travelguy (7) - USA - JUL 10, 2016 does not count
This ale has it nailed. Aroma of sweet caramel. Just enough hops to balance the rich molasses flavor. Mouth feel is big, rich and smooth. The best in class.
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Fantastic. Oaky. Really nice. Rated this with another app and BeerBuddy unfortunately won't let me import comments. Jamesthebrit (421) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2014
I haven’t rated this!!!????
Fresh bottle which makes a huge difference as the result of an aging experiment.
Boozy. Earthy. Molases sweetness. Like dates. Or raisins.
Looks amazing. Pours like a red orange. Nice head.
Taste is sweet. Some dates. Like earthy. Almost like a tartness. Like a good barley wine. (Unlike a bwine this does not get better with age) its got booziness but it’s smooth. Yeah man.
Palate is smooth. I mean it’s perfect. Full bodied but still sort of lighter. I mean... And this is why I love founders.... This huge beer is a favorite of my newbie craft beer lover who only likes light beer. (Ironically same with devil dancer)
This is one of my favorite beers. It’s a big beer that you can drink on a weeknight. Super potent and flavorful but easygoing enough. The beer by which other old ales are judged.
As noted: drink fresh otherwise this beer is gross. Lele (556) - Padova, ITALY - OCT 15, 2014
Birra particolare e spettacolare. Il colore è già una particolarità: color ruggine, manto di volpe, tendente all’arancione. Schiuma fine, poco spessa e poco persistente, di color giallo/arancione molto chiaro. Nell’aroma si percepiscono chiarissime note liquorose, barricate nonché di succo di melagrana e di frutti rossi, leggermente aciduli. In bocca è un capolavoro. Il liquore barricato è ciò che prevale: Porto, Grand Marnier, whiskey si sentono chiaramente. Il dolce del maltato è predominante, ma alla fine del sorso si avvertono anche leggere note amaricanti e un leggerissimo salato, che rendono la bevuta ancora più interessante. Può essere paragonata anche ad una Barley wine, per il suo carattere liquoroso e "stagionato", avendo però delle sue note peculiari.
Holtguy (178) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 Dark amber color, small head. Whiskey aroma and flavor, with strong maltiness and sweetness. It’s so sweet it’s sticky. But the boozy nature of the beer, coupled with the malt and oak flavor balance this out very well i like this beer a lot. One of my all time favorites. I thought my score should reflect how highly I think of this beer. Re-rate: the 2013 batch has 9.8% abv, which I think is a tad higher than it used to be. jebb12 (47) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2008 I live in Grand Rapids so I’ve tried most of Founders products and though they are all distinctive in thier own way this, along with the Kentucky Boubon Stout, is by far thier finest masterpiece. Thick and Malty, this beer tastes like candy mixed with fine whiskey and warms soothingly as you swallow. The hops are generous but not too stong and play off the primary cereal flavor perfectly. Despite the price this is a beer you must try if your lucky enough to catch it on the shelf. patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2010 Bottle. 12 oz. (2007 Vintage) Split with Vin. Pours a sick, deep, opaque shiny brown with a one finger, thick, creamy tan head. Body is filled with snowflake chunks of pale sediment. The aroma is sneakily smooth and engaging; notes of vanilla, oak, roasted malts, buttery biscuits, bourbon, cream, toffee, and tons of caramel. Medium bodied with a gooey, round, sticky palate. The sweetness of the malts and bourbon really surface in the front, with a huge, warm boozy finish. This fucking beer is amazing. Just get a bottle and drink it. It’s like a warm hug from an old, dear friend.