A: Dark brown but not black. Tan foam of low to medium retention.
S: Dark fruits and malt sweet. When I let my imagination to go wild I get brown sugar, toffee, grapefruit, very light smoke, and more. Very, very inticing.
T: Winner, winner chicken dinner. Roasty, semi-smoked, semi-sweet malt, then mabe slightly burnt brown sugar, followed by hop citrus (grapefruit?) notes, a slight bitterness. Alcohol's there but remarkedly subdued for the abv level. It's on the dry side, with medium mouthfeel.
D: This shit rocks. Smooth, balanced, and complex, and yet a large personality (dudes; it's a 100 ibus and most folks would never guess that level). The type and blend of malt with hops is perfect for such a large brew. Founders is the one of the top brewers of big beers in the US. I think the 2010 beats the 2009 like a drum. This beer is heavily rationed, only bottled in 12-oz, it's going to be very hard to obtain. Go now, get some.
Reviewed: Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 22:41:12
Pours opaque and clear around the edges with minimal retention. Lacing was very spotted and thin.
Aroma starts with clean, floral, and somewhat fruity hops. After a bit it fades and becomes more barley wine forward: malty, alcoholic, and epic.
Taste is really complex. Everything is subdued and subtle but brought together to make this huge flavor. Roasted malt, dark fruit, grapefruit hops, molasses and more.
Medium bodied with little to no carbonation and drying on the palate.
Definitely a cellar temperature beer as, maybe hard to believe, became smoother and smoother. A year or two of aging would drop out the hop aroma but probably make the beer even easier to drink to qualm the alcoholic kick that it gives here and there. Enjoy!
Reviewed: Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 22:37:36
Aroma: floral, piney, smooth, and clear alchoholic aroma of a classic barelywine yeast. Flavor: Strong alchoholic over tones. Smooth, and as a beer that's cellared, the room to grow is strong. Hint of coffee, molasass sweet, malty goodness. It needs to hit the right temp for all the elements to come out. Medium body. Very complicated, a lot to appreciate. If this came in a bomber, it would be the perfect serving size. I'd love to drink one bomber then go to sleep.
Reviewed: Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 22:34:18