WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bottle. Dark amber color with a thin foamy white head that quickly diminishies to a thin film that leaves pretty good lacing.Huge aroma of pine,and floral hops along with big sweet malty caramel notes,a little musty,maybe some bread. Intense flavors of very sugary sweet pine resin,brown sugar,orange zest,peaches,wood,very complex,very barly wine like in aroma flavor and mouthfeel, very little carbonation,and slightly sticky. VERY GOOD ! jkwalking05 (4743) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Dark amber in color with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma is of strong hops, caramel, and pine. Taste is of strong hops, caramel, malt, and alcohol. MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Hazy orange, real small white head that’s gone quickly. Nose is very sugary, orange, minor citrus, slight alcohol. Way too sweet. Flavor is again citric, loads of alcohol, sugars abounding and malt thrown in for kicks. Thick palate, slight salt. Odd malt notes in the finish, chalky and slight bread. I get no fresh hop here until the very end, and unfortunately, continue to be unimpressed by Founders. Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Medium brown, cloudy and thick. Minimal head. Hoppy aroma with some sweetness. Flavor is strong, rich, extremely hoppy but has a little sweetness and easy to drink considering the very high ABV. Not something I’d want to have more than one, or two. IrishBoy (4212) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 11, 2009
12 oz bottle from Walt!!! Nose of a Barleywine, caramel, raisins, brown sugar, with a hint of piney hops. Murky opaque brown with a small light beige head. Flavor is light bitterness, brown sugary sweetness, toffee, and a lingering bitter finish, more prominent than in the beginning! Too bad I can’t get this in CA!
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2009
Bottle from Stan at Lone Hill. Aged one year. Pours a thick amber color with a faint beige head that leaves respectable lacing. Smells of malt and caramel, completely eclipsing the hop profile. Tastes like apple seeds and molasses. Very reminiscent of Pannepot with a slash. Tough stuff at 13%, but worth seeking out. drunkysersose (18) - Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Oh yeah... I love it when this is on tap at the brewery.. It does not suck! Make sure you have your seat belt fastened on the bar stool. reggiedunlop (3725) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2009
pours a murky deep amber-ruby color with little or no head on it. aroma is suprisingly sweet with hints of caramel, intense spicy hops, citurs, and dark fruits, and alcohol. smells alot like a barleywine. very complex flavor with caramel and brown suger up front followed by intense spicy hops and dark fruit. mouthfeel is very syrupy and thick. finish lingers on with dark fruit and dry oaky qualities. this is a baleywine. bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Bottle thanks to Pantanap. Hazy, brown color. Nose is super hops, sugary, and waters my eyes. Tastes starts off very bitter, a bit nosy and tart. Floral qualities come through along with the obvious hop and malt profile. Alcohol is upfront and evident. Full smooth mouth and almost too easy to drink. Dangerous beer that got me off to a roaring start. I have not been actively searching out hop bombs for some time but this was a nice one. kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Retorp. Pours a clear amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of citrus, grapefruit, molasses, floral hops, caramel and honey. Flavor is also sweet and malty with notes of citrus, grapefruit, caramel, honey, and some light spice and hops. Generally medium body with a pleasing hoppy finish.