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Founders Sweet Repute - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 974
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 107
Gots: 320 | FT: 70
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  12.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nemesis 2009, back from the dead; from what I’ve heard, this is one of Founders’ best. Cheers!

Bottled in December of 2013, about a month before the date of this tasting.

A: Pours a dark amber, totally translucent. Little to no head. Looks rich and syrupy.

S: A sweet, alcoholic nose: buttery maple, cream cheese, pumpkin, and vanilla, all wrapped up in the ripe booziness of young Scotch. Tons of barrel character coming through.

T: This palate is solid sugar, yet drinkable and complex. A dense flavor of caramelized brown sugar, vanilla cream soda, and buttercream frosting dominates, though notes of maple, cinnamon, and canned fruit are interspersed throughout. Spice – mostly alcohol, but with some hop bite – punctuates the heavy flavors: char, ginger, chili pepper. Finishes shallow, a mild wood taste lingering.

M: Velvety carbonation with a moderate-to-full body. The body is creamy, though not cloying or filling; unlike Curmudgeon’s Better Half (AKA wedding cake in a bottle), this is pretty drinkable for what it is.

O: The culmination of two barrels and a ton of wheat: residual sugars! But within that rich sweetness, there’s something mellow and warm about this brew, due its unobtrusive alcohol taste and clean sweetness. It’s what makes this great beer – not just extreme beer.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Armsby Abbey, Worcester, MA. Reviewed from notes a few days back.

A- Poured from the tap to a goblet with a dark, orange-caramel body. Creamy white cap forms to around one finger with pretty good retention. Rings of lace form down the glass after each sip.

S- First whiff is all Bourbon oak barrels. After some warming and time the Bourbon smooths out a bit and some maple comes through, like a dessert. Some spicy yeast fruits, sweet caramel malts and vanilla. Vanilla seems to get stronger and stronger with time.

T- Bourbon follows the nose and is pretty dominant here as well with a peppery whiskey feel throughout. Oak wood, some maple wood hints but not sweetness really, fruity yeast, caramel and toasted malts as well as hints of cocoa and pine in a diverse flavor.

MF- Thick bodied with a silky overall feel. Creamy texture with medium carbonation and a nice warming from the alcohol.

Huge barrels with some definite maple here and there. Peppery bourbon and vanilla throughout is a nice compliment to the big Wheatwine beneath.

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The beer comes in a toasty amber caramel color.

The aroma is wonderful of bourbon, sweet caramel, vanilla, and maple syrup. A bright sweetness with some great barrel character.

The flavor follows with this light vanilla and wheat flavor. A maple sweetness. The middle to end attacks of oak, gentle alcohol and bourbon character. The beer has this wonderful complexity of sweetness that is cut off my the alcohol (which fits the beer extremely well.

A good complexity with tons of beautiful sweetness with barrel character.

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poured from a 22 to a brandy snifter

A- a dark hazy ruby red with a thin white lace

S- Massive toffee, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, raisins, cherrywood, vanilla, a touch of booze

T-- Big sugar rush, toffee, caramel, big vanilla from the bourbon, some sweet rich fruits mixed with dark fruits wrapped up nice by some hot booze. crazy complex.

M- Full bodied, smooth drinking sipper, tons of character, low carbonation

O- Glad i tried this, have another bottle in basement for a special occasion, alot going on in this beer, very complex very rich and malty with a delcicious sweetness from the bourbon, just an outstanding beer

Founders Sweet Repute from Founders Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 974 ratings.