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Founders Sweet Repute - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Sweet ReputeFounders Sweet Repute

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

690 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 690
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.53%


Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  12.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
One-hundred percent barrel aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels and bourbon barrels over the course of sixteen months, then blended using carefully calculated ratios for the ultimate final product.

(Beer added by: JohnnieNepal on 11-18-2013)
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barczar

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very clear bourbon brown with a modest cream head that dissipates to a ring of foam.

Aroma is boozy, with notes of deep caramelization, muted sherry, maple syrup, and dark fruit adding complexity.

Very fusel alcohol, sweet maple syrup backbone, vanilla, bourbon, hints of dark fruit, raisins, that are masked by high alcohol.

Body is full, with minimal carbonation and substantial alcohol heat.

A little more one-note than I had hoped for. The alcohol really rules the game at this point. Then again,I was disappointed somewhat in cbs, so maybe it's a maple thing...

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2014 23:57:48 | More by barczar
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Pencible

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a chunky gold with a little off white head.
S: It smelled like sweet short bread and butter scotch, with some oak and coconut and vanilla, and a little maple and raisin.
T: It tasted like copper and short bread and butter scotch, with some oak and coconut and vanilla. It had a clean and mostly sweet aftertaste with a little heat.
M: It was thick with a little carbonation. Excellent slick body.
D: This was excellent. Delicious complex and bold scent and taste, and fantastic body. The finish was pretty smooth, but it must be sipped. No need to age, although I'm sure it would last. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 18:47:16 | More by Pencible
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

White head. Orange hued copper gold.

Flavor profile: sweet. The maple from the barrels actually shows in this beer. Caramel and toffee. Lots of wheat. The oak show with a lot of vanilla and spice. Big bourbon presence, but not boozy. Hints of orange peel. Some molasses shows. Very sweet, but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: warming, smooth, sweet. Medium to full bodied. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer. In tempted to say this is better than nemesis 09. Drinkable with tons of flavor. I love how the maple actually showed with this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2014 22:50:13 | More by mothman
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer is clear orange/amber in colour, with a smallish white head. Head gone quickly, leaving some lace.

Nose is rich, with bourbon, maple syrup, honey and sweet malt scents.

Taste is very good. A delicious mix of bourbon, maple syrup, bready malts with caramel and honey, and some light fruits. As the name suggests, it is quite sweet, but I don't find it to be overly sweet considering the style and additives.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Sticky.

Overall, I think this is very good. Not everybody likes sweet beers, and they often seem to be derided. If you don't like sweet beers, this is not for you. But if you do, this is a great example. Not overly sweet in a candy-like manner, but very rich and full-flavoured. Nice stuff for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 01:25:01 | More by jrenihan
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RollBounce

New York

3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

no lacing it was late cloudy great tangerine and acidic notes on the nose some dust as well with the Maple fully showing titties is a full mouth feel ok with a tangerine coming through as well overall very similar to some other beers like duclaws.I definitely suggest Casey this beer if you do see it

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2014 16:19:29 | More by RollBounce
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Franziskaner

Missouri

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light amber hued with significant haziness. Just a faint trace of white head is barely present on a tiny portion of the top. Brussels lacing. Intense aroma of very sweet pale wheat and apple pastry. Mouth is thick and sticky. The taste is initially loads of sweet pale wheat and the intensity of the sweetness of the bourbon and maple syrup seems to build in the fade.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 20:44:52 | More by Franziskaner
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet Repute in a snifter, following our enjoyment of Curmudgeon's Better Half.

Maple blonde color with a nice crop of white head. Some of the foam actually sticks to the glass. Legs look great.

Rich buttery maple, butterscotch, milk caramel, toasty caramel malt, and booze. A lot of noticeable sweetness.

Caramelly and buttery wheatwine flavors with a good dose of bourbon and barrel. The oak isn't huge, but the barrel notes of toasted coconut and marshmallow add to the butterscotch malts and results of aging. Good booze strength. Already showing some sign of mellowing.

The alcohol is still not oppressive. The body is medium-full. Stickiness is mild. There is a toned-down, but likable, carb presence.

Sweet Repute is better than '09 Nemesis. More balance, less heat. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 15:55:54 | More by thecheapies
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think I'm getting a lot of cherry-like aromas, and maybe a little vanilla and alcohol. Tastes pretty sweet up front, with a lot of caramel, and some fruit maybe (esepcially cherry). Definitely some bourbon, oak, alcohol, but I would have probably guessed it was under 12%. Fairly thick creamy mouthfeel. Not really getting much maple flavor, but maybe that added to the mouthfeel and sweetness. Fairly interesting and tasty overall for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 05:57:43 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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ThrewRedButter

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy orange with a frothy head

S - A lot of alcohol burn on the nose - typical of a Founders barrel-aged beers. Bourbon and oak with a a sweet undertone.

T - The alcohol isn't nearly as present on the taste. A lot of bourbon and oak. Maybe a slight coconut sweetness. So much sweeter than I thought it would be.

M - Wow. This was a lot thicker than I had anticipated. Not necessarily bad, but not blowing me away.

O - Based on the smell, I thought it would be a boozy mess. The taste didn't have the boozy smell, but it was a bit overly sweet for me. I've been nursing this one for about three hours and the maple syrup bourbon barrel is definitely present, but is can be a bit overpowering. However, it is smooth and drinkable if you like sweet beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 05:07:10 | More by ThrewRedButter
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Founder's Sweet Repute a few months ago for around $20 at The Lager Mill. I'm a big fan of Wheatwine's so I really wanted to try this beer and I was pretty happy to be able to purchase a bottle, so lets see how it goes. 2013 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The bottle looks nice, it got a nice look to it, but other than it being a Founder's Backstage series release I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a fairly hazy orange color that had a slight gold tint to it and it took on more of darker orange and amber color when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some great sheets of lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, the head and lacing were pretty good for a beer that's this strong and I really liked the color.

S- The aroma starts off with a high amount of sweetness that has a light maple syrup like aroma to it and it's followed by the barrel being the first to show up and imparts some nice, woody, oak, bourbon and a good amount of vanilla aromas that seem to stick out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart a sweet malt, toffee and caramel like aroma with a noticeable boozy aroma showing up towards the end. The aroma was very nice, it had that typical Wheatwine aroma and the barrel showed up nicely.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a high amount of sweetness that still retains that somewhat lighter maple syrup aspect and it's followed by the booze showing up first, it's very noticeable and a little strong at first, but it's not as warming as I expected to be and it's quickly followed by the barre; which imparts all those nice aspects that it did in the aroma and I would say the vanilla still sticks out the most. Up next comes some sweet malt flavors followed by some great, caramel and light toffee flavors with a great butterscotch like flavor that I really like and there's even a little more maple syrup like flavors blended in. On the finish there's a very low amount of medium bitterness with a nice maple syrup, butterscotch. sweet and vanilla like aftertaste. This beer had a very nice flavors, sure it was pretty sweet and boozy, but the flavors that accompanied it were great.

M- Fairly smooth, a little cloying, a little boozy, sticky, a little rich, on the lighter side of being full boded with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. I thought the mouthfeel was pretty good, it had all the aspects that I normally see in the style and worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and a very nice example of the style, Wheatwines can be pretty boozy and sweet as it is and this one was no exception, but neither aspect crossed my threshold and it was pretty much just what I would want from a strong barrel aged Wheatwine and I think those rare bourbon maple syrup barrels added a noticeable aspect to this beer that worked out nicely. This beer had fairly nice drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little rich, a little boozy, a little cloying and a little filling, but the flavor really kept me coming back for me and I sipped on this beer faster than I expect and If I really didn't have shit to do the next day I would think about taking on the whole bottle by myself, but as it stands now it makes for a good beer to share and sip on. What I liked the most about this beer was the taste, it was very nice, the flavors were really good and the barrel showed up just the right amount and the appearance was very good too. What I like the least about this beer was the the sweetness, it was almost on the border of being to sweet and if it was toned down just a little I think it would be perfect. I would for sure buy this beer again if I saw it, and I think it would cellar nicely for a couple years. I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind a sweet and boozy sipping beer. All in all I was little impressed with this beer, I usually am pretty critical on sweet and boozy beers, but this one just barely kept itself from going over the top and the flavors that went along with it were very impressive. I would say that the aroma is pretty similar to New Holland's Pilgrims Dole, but when it came to the taste Sweet Repute was just more intense in every aspect and the maple bourbon barrel really added a nice touch to it and Sweet Repute is now my favorite Wheatwine. Great job guys, this was a pretty awesome beer and I'm glad that I had a chance to try it, keep up the great work and I hope you guys make this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 04:50:59 | More by StoutHunter
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2014 Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta).

Medium amber with a durable off-white head.

Fruity, hoppy, bourbon barrel aroma with pretty good balance. Boozy.

Flavor is also rather boozy, and sweet. Made a great first impression but then became less enticing.

O: a bit strong and boozy, but given this, nicely crafted.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2014 23:31:04 | More by chinchill
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Murky brown in color with a modest lacing around the sides of the glass.

Smell - I would not say the aroma was entirely unpleasant, but it hinted to disappointment to come. It would best be described as a mediciney bourbon aroma.

Taste - The wheatwine had the thickness of syrup. Notes of orange and hot bourbon were very present. Yet with a name like sweet repute, one expects sweetness. The maple should have added a bit more. I thick of the sticky sweetness maple added to Curmudgeon's Better Half, but that does not happen here.

Mouthfeel - The thickness coats the tongue nicely with the bite of hot bourbon. The coating would have been nicer with more sweetness.

Overall - The burn of the bourbon may ease with time, but the sweetness probably will not appear suddenly.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 17:13:26 | More by JohnnyHopps
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sb3000

South Carolina

4.81/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! First beer in a while that made me do a double take!

Crystal clear copper color that has very little head.

Smells like burnt sugar, toffee and caramel. (Obvious bourbon notes for those that have brewed and aged beer in bourbon barrels.)

Loads of flavor. from candy corn to sugar daddies and alcohol. Some hop bitterness, but very much in the background. Vanilla notes with peaks of maple astringency.

Mouthfeel is slick and somewhat thin, but coats the mouth with a film of sweet wort and candy.

Very good beer. Similar to the Smuttynose Wheat wine but much more complex. The oak and vanilla are very prominent. I would definitely recommend this beer as a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 02:06:06 | More by sb3000
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750Ml poured into a snifter
Review #600

A- A surprisingly light and clear amber orange color. A one finger white head. Lingering alcohol legs.

S- Smells sweet, with a twinge of alcohol. Definite maple syrup. Some oak, a hint of bourbon. An airy, light and pleasant smell.

T- A very light flavor compared to what I expected. A smooth caramel and toffee, some charred oak and burnt sugar. The bourbon is subtle but very complimentary to the beer. A hint of sour mash and grain. A dry oak flavor and remaining feel. The maple is also subtle and an interesting twist. A tasty beer, somewhat simple but very drinkable.

M- Smooth and very drinkable. Alcohol is there but balances the rest of the brew well.

O- An awesome beer. It has calmed down and smoothed out since its release. Drink at a warmer temperature.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 00:22:24 | More by TwelveOunces
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Pahn

New York

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a red wine glass.

Appearance: Free pour yields a longlasting 1 inch frothy white head. Pours a clear copper and leaves waves of lacing.

Smell: From the bottle: smells exactly like opening a bottle of Woodford Reserve. Amusingly smells *exactly* like bourbon. Whenever I read a comment like that in a beer review, I think "Hmm, you haven't had much bourbon have you?" I stand corrected; I guess sometimes it happens.

With time, it develops that sort of "ruby candy" aroma of various American barleywines like Gnarlywine and Old Ruffian (and sort of Brooklyn Monster in its hard candy-ness). By the way, I know that "ruby candy" doesn't make sense, but the word 'ruby' is always what comes to mind. What can I say?

Anyway, smells good, not great. Some toffee comes out eventually that bumps the score up to 4.

Taste: Sweet, caramel, toffee, lot of American oak, none of the outright bourbon. Very simple, almost simplistic. Not much going on with the base beer it seems besides boozy sweetness. Thankfully, the mouthfeel is perfection, and the oak influence is quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium bodied, perfect creaminess and softness. A velvety BA strong ale, very very nice.

Overall: This is a funny beer. In a way it's sort of a disaster. So much alcohol, so much oak, so little else... It's a big candy bar of a beer. Almost like a direct "fuck you" to BA forum posters who inexplicably complain about barrel aging being "a shortcut" as if American craft brewers didn't prove their talent daily (like a parody of their complaints).

But it's nothing that complex or silly or petty. It's the Twix of beers. I like oak, I like Twix, why the fuck not?

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 04:57:28 | More by Pahn
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Abra

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Liquid gold!

Pours a beautiful golden color with a fittingly small ivory head.
Very sweet aroma.
Tastes very similar to a mead, with dominant honey and bourbon flavors complemented by smooth maple undertones. Low carbonation and a definite warming effect from the high ABV. Extremely sweet.
Almost forgot i was drinking a beer!

Overall, it's a beautifully crafted beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 00:28:36 | More by Abra
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zimm421

Ohio

4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bomber into a tulip glass. Appears a deep orange color with hints of ruby sneaking through. There's a thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a ring around the glass with some lacing.

The nose is very sweet, and keeps drawing you in for more. The bourbon is very evident here, with hints of dark fruit, vanilla and caramel coming through as well. Very deep and complex here. The taste follows along the same lines with more of the dark fruit and caramel, but adding in maple and hints of marshallow. The bourbon comes through in the middle, and holds on through the finish. There's a slight hint of alcohol on the back end, but otherwise, well hidden.

The mouthfeel is heavy bodied, with low carbonation, and very sticky. The stickiness lasts long after the finish, keeping that bourbon flavor around. Overall, this is a deep, complex beer that has the ability to warm, and the ability to knock you out in more than one way. Glad I was able to find this out of state, and wish I had more bottles to savor.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 00:05:10 | More by zimm421
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Light orange and hazy like an Imperial IPA. The head pops up for a moment before a quick fade into one fifth of the glass (in a triangular shape) being covered in a big-bubbled cap. Lacing is not there.

SMELL: This is a lot more of a Barleywine-like smell than I expected. Brown sugar/molasses is what hits the nose immediately. Behind that big, sweet smell is a touch of vanilla, a good dose of chocolate and a hint of mint.

TASTE: There is a lot more mint in this beer than I would have ever imagined could be in a beer that I enjoyed…but it’s good. This is the closest thing to a dessert IPA I have ever tasted. There’s a huge wave of chocolate up front, followed by a much more intense mint that I ever would have imagined, rounded out with caramel, vanilla, maple and a touch of oak.

MOUTHFEEL: This is a sweet beer, but still well balanced…the finish dries out just enough to make this a perfect beer. Carbonation is low, along with a silky, smooth finish. Wow.

OVERALL: Complex. Delicious. Different. Interesting. Fun. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 06:45:12 | More by StoneTSR
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and honey colored. Large fluffy white head that resolves quickly leaving behind only and outer ring.

Oh my it smells sweet. Vanilla, butterscotch, coconut. I perceive a little pineapple, giving it a piña colada twist. Then there's maple... Lots of maple.

Same in the flavor. It melds so well. Vanilla and maple syrup dominate with a huge backdrop of butterscotch. It's amazingly smooth fir such a high abv. The barrels pull a ton of wood and vanilla.

Smooth and buttery mouthfeel. Carbonation is just right. Very clean and leaves a sweet aftertaste.

A superb beer. The flavors pulled from the barrel blend do nicely without being overtaken by booze.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 00:57:18 | More by Vonerichs
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: A transparent amber color that leaves about two fingers of off white head at the top with some slight lacing around the glass.

S: Some vanilla and caramel, but lots of booze on this one the bourbon is very powerful on this one.

T: The taste is almost just like the nose but lot more booze coming through on this one, some maply syrup is present as well. The hops and malts are present as well.

M: Medium/light bodied, good amount of carbonation and some stickyness as well.

O: Overall a very unique brew with lots of good flavors and very well balanced One of these was enough for me

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 22:47:59 | More by thedoubler55
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bball208

New Jersey

4.84/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The name is appropriate for this beer, it was sweet as hell both literally and figuratively.

Poured an awesome light gold with a pure white head, foam dissipating fairly quickly but leaving a beautiful trace of lace on the side of the glass. Just absolutely beautiful.

The smell was quite mild, but i did get some oak, a ton of vanilla, and malt.

The taste was unlike anything else I've ever had. It was an explosion of vanilla beans and coconut. I love a soft beer that can deliver vanilla, and this one took that promise to a new level. I still can remember the vanilla and coconut even 3 days after having tried this. It was really nice, but the only thing I would knock about it is that maybe it was a little too much without much of a hop balance. Luckily, i love the vanilla and coconut flavors so much that it was okay with me, but I could see how maybe others wouldn't like that as much.

This was so awesome, that I actually decided to have a scoop of vanilla ice cream as a "beer snack" in between sips and HOLY HOT DAMN it paired REAL nicely. I even tried having a beer float with it, and it was delicious!!! I swear I'm not crazy, try it yourself and you'll see how well the two merge. Anyway, I'd give this a 95/100. It's definitely world-class, but still has room for improvement. Luckily i have two more bottles, and I'd love to see how this will taste 2-5 years down the road.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 16:28:08 | More by bball208
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish amber with thin but consistent lacing.

Sugary, alcoholic nose.

Tastes kinda like candy cigarettes, and, inexplicably, celery. Some kind of blonde licorice (if that were a thing), and some kind of leafy herb—almost cilantro.

Not much carbonation, but kind of thick and unctuous.

Good, and has a lot going on, but I wish I held on to this and cellared it.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 02:47:13 | More by zaphodchak
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the sweetest beers I've ever had, but that's not a knock against it. I want to now try everything I can get my hands on that was aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels.

Poured on tap into a 7 oz flute at MacGregor's Grill and Tap Room in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a hazy, creamy looking orange color. 1 inch head, pretty nice lacing and retention down the glass.

Smells like Werther's Candies, maple syrup, bourbon, and brown sugar.

Tastes like the aforementioned smells (so much caramel in this one), with subtly folded in tastes of bourbon. Not bourbon forward really- it's well integrated. Brown sugar and molasses make appearances, obviously rich maple syrup, marshmallow, and sweet butter.

Full, creamy, sticky mouthfeel. Very little carbonation. Very full bodied.

A decadent beer if I ever tasted one. Sinful, almost.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2014 02:54:21 | More by GreesyFizeek
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in an 8 oz tapered glass.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam.

S- Boozy bourbon aroma. Literally like I'm sniffing a shot of Woodford Reserve or something. Just all alcohol with just a little sweetness and vanilla character.

T- Now the taste, on the other hand, is wonderful. Sweet vanilla maple bourbon goodness. Slight hop bitterness but mostly just sweet and oaky. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden though you would've never expected it from the nose.

M- Sharp booze bite at first that smooths away once the sticky maple coats the tongue. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Can't stand the aroma but the rest of the beer more than makes up for it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2014 03:13:39 | More by Immortale25
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks a million Reid!). No dicernable bottling date but released 11/13. Served in a Founders snifter.

Pours a bright, clear orange/gold with two fingers of fluffy pale head. The froth lingers until settling to a halo that leaves large sheets of clumpy lace. This is a nice looking beer.

Aromas of bourbon, sugary maple syrup, vanilla, wheat and oak. Definately sweet and quite inviting.

Plenty of bourbon an booze bite initially. As it warms layers of fantastic wheatwine goodness set in. Maple syrup, biscuity wheat, vanilla, toast, mildly charred oak, caramel, marshmallow, piney bitterness, faint coconut and fusel alcohol. The boozy and bourbon notes remain at the forefront but blend well, particularly as the chill fades. It's like boozey hot maple bourbon caramel candy.

Sticky, syrupy, medium heavy body with mild carbonation. Strong alcohol and bourbon linger in the finish with notes of maple and burnt caramel.

I remember my first bottle being a bit sweeter with less alcohol burn than this but this remains one of the best wheatwines that I've come across. Excellent depth of flavor. I find the maple really strengthens the malty base and bourbon heat. I'm glad to have a modest stash and will enjoy tracking it's progress over the next few years.

Serving type: bottle

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Founders Sweet Repute from Founders Brewing Company
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