Filed under: Founders, Scotch ale (thistle) | Tags: aged, alcohol, barrel, beautiful, bourbon, burnt, dark, flavorful, good finish, good lacing, intense, interesting, leather, long lasting, oaked, opaque, prickly, red, ruby, smoky, strong, superlative, sweet, tan head, tea, well done, whiskey
The color is beautiful. A deep ruby red, almost opaque. Good lacing with a thinner but persistent light tan foamy head.
The aroma is sweet, oak, and tea. Alcohol is present in the nose. Lots of leather, and the aroma is quite strong.
The flavor is mostly whiskey. Very penetrated with the oak aging. Good finish, smoky, dark and burnt. A superlative scotch ale. Founders knows how to do it right.
The palate is prickly — lightly carbonated and long lasting. Very dark, intense flavors. A very well done brew.
Overall, I like this quite a bit. Better, IMHO, than Oaked Arrogant Bastard which does not balance the aging nearly as well. I’d have this again. Not a favorite, but I simply prefer heavier stouts.
Filed under: Founders, Old Ale (snifter, tumbler) | Tags: alcohol, alcohol is well hidden, barnyard, beautiful packaging, bitter finish, candy, delicious, finishes malty, grassy, hay, hazy, high quality, iced tea, leather, long arc of flavor, longer muddy finish, oak, ruby, smoother texture, some minerals, some thin lace, starts malty, sticky, sugary, sweetness, thick legs, thin off white head, very nice, wheat, wine
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.8 % in 12 fl oz. estimated at 200 C
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $10.99/4
Aroma: Very nice, oak, wine, leather, barnyard, hay, wheat, alcohol, sweetness.
Visuals: beautiful packaging, thick legs, ruby, iced tea, hazy, thin off white head, some thin lace.
Taste: starts malty, finishes malty, sugary, candy, delicious, sticky, long arc of flavor, bitter finish, grassy, some minerals, alcohol is well hidden.
Palate: high quality, smoother texture, longer muddy finish.
Overall: A winner. Like most anything by Founders, I’d surely have this again. Not my favorite style, a bit too sweet for me, but delicious. A bit expensive, but worth the taste.
Filed under: Barleywine Style Ale (snifter), Uinta | Tags: acrid, beautiful, beautiful lacing, burnt, cherry, deep, figs, hoppy, light viscosity, lingers, long finish, mold, nicely balanced, oak, peaches, pricey, roses, ruby, sponge, static, sweet, tan head, very dry, very nice, whiskey, wine, wonderful
Beautiful deep ruby with a static tan head and beautiful lacing. Viscosity seems a bit light, but no worries.
Aroma is wine, oak, whiskey, figs, and cherry. Wonderful to inhale. Sweet on the intake.
Taste has a nice hoppy bite to balance out the very malty base. Acrid, stays on the tongue towards the front and the back. Mold, roses, and peaches. Burnt. Old cherries. Very nice. Very well done, nicely balanced and tasty. Fruit on the palate. Lingers nicely.
Like a sponge. Very dry. A mouthful of flowers. long wonderful finish.
It’s very nice. I’d love to have it again. It’s a bit on the pricey side, but definitely worth it.
Filed under: Black and Tan (pint or mug), Hoppin Frog | Tags: citrus, cocoa, coffee, cream, dark, dessert, hops, opaque, pine, spectacular, spicy, tan, tasty, translucent, well balanced
Filed under: Hoppin Frog, Imperial Stout (snifter) | Tags: bitter, black, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cream, fully dissipating, hefty hops, hefty malt, hefty viscosity, high quality, high strength, medium bitter finish, no lace, oak, okay packaging, opaque, rye, smooth texture, thin tan head, velvet chocolate cake, very nice, well balanced, wine
ABV, Volume & Calories: 9.4 % in 22 fl oz. estimated at 400 C
Purchased at: Circle Liquors for $9.49
Aroma: very nice, cocoa, coffee, cream, rye, oak, wine.
Visuals: okay packaging, velvet chocolate cake, black, opaque, thin tan head, fully dissipating, no lace, hefty viscosity.
Taste: well balanced, chocolate, hefty malt, bitter, hefty hops, high strength.
Palate: high quality, smooth texture, medium bitter finish.
Overall: delicious and amazing. An absolute repeat. A very nice brew. Medium value. High craft.
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