akoeninger (755) - 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. Pyrmir (6088) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2013
On tap @CBC13. Clear amber brown with white head. Aroma of caramel, malt and syrup. Taste is sweet and caramelly with lots of malts and some dusty basement notes. Corrinado711 (80) - - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle. Aroma of pleasant vanilla malt and light oak. Pours an awesome deep ruby with very scant fine white head and fine sediment. Lacing is also scant. taste is sweet malts followed by oak with light booze then sweet finish. Well balanced. Mouth-feel is light to medium. Do not feel the 9.8 ABV. Oak age does not overpower the beer itself as it often does. Gotta try this gobbledock (4) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2013 does not count
Pours orange, with a very small white head. Aromas of caramel, roasted malt, raisin, candy. Sweet with a smooth mouthfeel. Little discernible bitterness. magikarp (15) - - MAR 21, 2014
Heavily malty and boozy ale. Particularly sweet with dark sugars. Very delicious.
1guywith_aboat (254) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - APR 9, 2014
Pours dark mahogany/ reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of rich malt, oak, sweet, toast, and a hint of alcohol. Flavors are molasses, oak, yeast, very rich malts, slight burn, some bitterness. Smooth full body. Extremely tasty beer. Mastelefish (91) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Pours an amber-brown with a thin white head. Smells of chocolate and caramel are strong at the nose. Has a medium-thick body, medium bitterness, and a pleasant chocolatety aftertaste. Definitely would recommend, but is on the stronger side. ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 31, 2014
330 ml bottle from Redmonds. Toffee coloured pour, clear, foamy off white head, doesn’t last, settles to a residue. Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, oak, brandy in the aroma - extraordinary! Flavour is more of the same, sweet, luscious caramel, toffee notes, some alcohol warmth. Thick, lush mouthfeel. Very low carbonation, long complex finish. Wow. tillmac62 (734) - 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. mtu71 (364) - Oulu, FINLAND - OCT 10, 2014
Tap. Medium ivory head, thick lace. Cloudy deep amber. Intence bready aroma. Full bodied. Very rich, strong and well balanced, sweet malts, hints of whiskey and turf. Excellent.
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