Founders Deca 10th Anniversary - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 106
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-25-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of KarlHungus
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my good friend and fellow BA Kipling for snatching this up, and cellaring it for me for the better part of a year. It pours a cloudy brown color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing, which is fine for a cellared barleywine. The aroma is so brash in both malt and hops that it is balanced. Caramel, anise, dates, plums, and fiery hops. It lights my nose on fire. The taste is full of malt upfront with caramel and toffee. Anise, dates, plums, and alcohol are present in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is one of the most complex beers I have every taste. It is a big beer that has a lot of subtle nuances, and tons of depth. I am glad I had the opportunity to taste this.

Photo of mentor
4.94/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle provided from VFerg long ago and this beer aged in my cool dark cellar for years. Pours a quickly disappearing caramel-tan head over a brilliant ambered brown liquid. Smells gorgeous fruity aged with some alcohol during the pour. To the nose, wonderful. Dark aged fruits of plum, cherry, heavily of raisin, and a nice grainy caramel. Silkingly wonder aged grains give an oxidation that comes across as caramel. Soft leather, mildly of clean alcohol, a dash of chocolate,

Tastes delicious. Wowzers! Happy 4th of July, I'm glad I've opened this beer for a special occasion. Rich thick malty with strong fruit from both the ferment and from malt that has aged in the bottle. Marachino cherry, very fig, mild blueberry, some blackberry, and an orange tinge. Has some character to it that I find in Southern Comfort. Very similar to Thomas Hardy's in regards to the caramel, toffee, and splash of chocolate character. Wonderful oxidation caramel character hasn't quite stepped into the realm of sherry yet. There seems to be a spice of some sort that I can't place. Not edgy enough to be clove. Not sure if it's ginger, but it's got a definite christmasy character to it. Starts off thick malty sweet which would be cloying except a clean alcohol steps in at just the right moment to sharpen things up a bit. Also a bit of a peppery zip right at the end to bring things to a dramatic conclusion. Modest carbonation and very drinkable (not gulps, but savor for the evening).

Not many people will remember the beer I'm about to reference, but Deca is similar in many ways to Heavyweight Brewing 2005 BA Old Salty when it had reached its aging peak. Deca is drinking incredible right now.

Photo of DrJay
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle couresy of todd1. Thanks!
Pours a clear dark brown with a reddish purple hue and a tight dark beige cap of fine bubbles. The head fell slowly to a skim and rocky collar, leaving some fine lacing stuck to the glass. Rich toffee and caramel aroma with a refined citrus hop background. A little spicy, almost like gingerbread, faint pine, biscuit, alcohol, dried fruit. Really, really nice. Moderate bitterness, more emphasis on gigantic malt character, tons of toffee, caramel, nuts, sugar, bread crust. A little citrus, orange and tangerine, plus alcohol towards the finish. Dates mid-palate, along with other dried fruits. Spicy finish, again with the gingerbread, with lingering toffee and orange blossom. Exquisite texture, super creamy and smooth with delicate carbonation. Full bodied, nearly heavy due to the lowish carbonation, and just shy of sticky. Mild alcohol warmth. What a superb barleywine! This stuff is amazing, great balance and tons of flavour. Highly recommended.

Photo of Viggo
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Christmas tasting with biegaman and grub, luckily we were joined by ThatWineGuy who pulled this monster out of the cellar.

Pours a hazy amber/orange, thin off white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring, drops some lace spots on the glass. Smell is amazing, tons of toffee, alcohol, wood, fruit, dates, more toffee, this one is super caramelized, very rich. Taste is amazing as well, dates, very insane toffee, citrus, floral, some alcohol, nice hoppy caramel finish, very solid bitterness, very rich and caramelized. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, very thick and coating in the mouth, alcohol is superbly hidden, never would have thought this is 13%. Fantastic American Barleywine, I think my favourite this far. Thanks a ton Ron!!

Photo of coldmeat23
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
(REVIEW #600)
Super huge thanks to stoutjimmy for hooking me up with this anniversary release from one of my all-time favorite breweries!

This pours a hazy, dark amber color with highlights of dark, golden orange. Almost a full fingers worth of creamy, dark beige colored foam makes the head. This recedes slowly, leaving a surface covering film, which displays various peaks and valleys. The lacing is cobweb-like and very sticky.

Loads of deep, rich, maltiness. A ton of toffee and strong hints of treacle. Lots of dark caramel notes. Lighter traces of brown sugar and gingerbread. A very healthy dose of dark fruits. Lots of figs and cherries, along with a decent showing of dates. Nice hints of bananas and some light spicing. Candi sugar sweetness. Light traces of hops, but not nearly the presence that they most likely once held. A touch of booziness, but not nearly what is expected from 13.00%abv.
This has the overall impression of a BSDA/Quad blended with an English Barleywine.

Okay, the nose was all about sweet fruitiness...while that shows up in the taste, it is much more balanced than anticipated.
The maltiness is still upfront, but is now joined by spices and yeastiness. The dark fruits follow closely, but are dropped down another level. Light hints of bananas lead you to some mild notes of caramels and treacle and even some straight molasses. Mild traces of leather and tobacco. There is a slight hint of pepper, towards the finish. Mild hints of vanilla, like bourbon, and something that reminds me of wood. I don't think that this one is barrel-aged, but it has some similar characteristics.
Very complex and completely delicious.

Wonderfully full-bodied, with a light-to-mild level of carbonation. This is very smooth and silky, but has only the slightest touch of creaminess, which I think that it could use more of.

The high alcohol content is only mildly noticed in the nose, then not again. I'm sure that this would affect you quickly, but you'd have no problem consuming this delicious beats!
Very drinkable.

Photo of grub
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

christmas tasting hosted by biegaman on dec 15/07. ThatWineGuy contributed this one. thanks ron!

22oz bottle.

pours red, nearly brown, with just a few tiny bubbles around the edges. no lace.

aroma is amazing. huge caramel blast. alcohol. big bread and biscuit malts. light pine. the big blast of caramel and alcohol just screams american barleywine. i don't even need to drink this one, but you know i want to.

taste is great. huge caramel. bit of alcohol - but more like 9% than 13%! big biscuit and bready malt. light grapefruit and pine. light tangerine. bit of sweetness in the caramel, but in perfect balance. tiny bit of minty/herbal character coming through in the finish. medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is excellent. medium-low well integrated carbonation level. super smooth. nice medium-large body.

drinkability is great. perfect balance. you can tell there's alcohol in there, but not the full 13%. the huge malt is excellent and has some great depth. this is great stuff.

Photo of Beertracker
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Founders Deca (Tenth Anniversary Ale pours up with a modest effervescence that creates a tight, bubbly beige colored head that blankets the dark copper-russet brown body. The head retention is surprisingly good for being such a strong beer. The aroma showcases a bigtime maltiness with notes of burnt sugar, caramel flan & treacle pudding. The hops have become very subdued, but combined with the spiciness from the yeast offer herbal complexity interlaced with a tinge of fruitiness (dried orange, grape seed, oroblanco) that barely manages to escape the huge sweet toasted maltiness. The flavor is multifaceted with burnt caramel & honey sweetness upfront followed by a firm toastiness (graham crackers, gingerbread snaps) with a hint of chocolate. The hop bitterness has subdued and offers just enough to provide a smooth, balanced finish. This baby's strength becomes more evident towards the finish, but never detracts. Awesome stuff! I'd have to report that this Belgian-inspired barleywine has held up remarkably well over the seasons and is certainly a testament to the American craft brewer's spirit. Here's a late toast to Founder's 10th Anniversary!

Better late than Never!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I received this beer in a trade long ago, before I purchased my label maker to avoid such embarassment, but I have forgotten who sent this to me so thanks to whomever!

Pours from the 22oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice (my wife received her allowed and alloted 6oz taster glass), also received in a trade (Secret Santa one year, I think). Emerges slightly hazy and deep caramel in color. The head is wispy and basically extinct; age and alcohol do that to beers I suppose.

Aroma is really nice. The alcohol is certainly noticed and is a little boozy. Huge caramel aromas with dried apricots and pineapple. Earthy hops resonate. Perhaps a touch of oxidation.

Solid flavor profile. Sweet up front without being overly cloying. A bit of chocolate and toffee and even coffee appear in the middle. Finishes exquisitely; creamy, smooth, gentle, magnigicent. There is a touch of hop flavor with large earthy notes int the middle as well. This one is rather complex.

The alcohol is very warming but hardly noticed in the flavor of this one. The bottle indicates that this beer "cellars well". I'll say. A lovely beer that is perfect in nearly every regard in the BW category. At 13%, the abv is really well hidden making this one dangerous to drink. Alas, with a rain storm moving in, I will enjoy this beautiful bounty of beer from my screened in porch area, watching and hearing the rustling of the last remaining leaves in my yard as they are thrust about noisily and violently by the approaching winds and rains. Good to be in the South in "spring".

Photo of WakeandBake
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.A hazy , cloudy amber to brown color pour , with a thin off white head , thick jagged lacing , light carbonation . Aroma is slightly boozy with tuns of caramel and toffee sweetness coming through , rasins and faint dark cherries , with hints of spicy hops . Flavor is huge , loads of sweet malt , caramel , toffee , rasins ,dates, honey , brown bread ,nuts,cinnamon and a nice light alcohol finish . very complex , very thick mouthfeel and a ultra heavy body . boozy sweet darkfruit aftertaste with hop flavored burps . Very , very good .
Nice job Founders

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark ruby brown in color. There is a bit of a frothy ring of head around the perimeter of the glass. Smell is huge and robust. Plenty of toffee and caramel malts. Just the way a barleywine should be. Taste is more of the abundance of toffee and malt. Just a hint of hops in the end. Perfect balance to round out the beer. Huge and viscous mouthfeel. This has all the qualities of a world class barleywine. Everything that I look for in a barleywine. The ABV is so well hidden that I can't believe it.
My only complaint is that this was an anniversary beer and not a regular offering. Founders seriously needs to consider making this at least as a seasonal.

Photo of aasher
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whale. Send it in Jerome! This one pours a medium bodied cherry amber in color with no lacing at all. The nose is killer. You get a multitude of ginger, cardamom, and other spices with honey, tea, and slightly sweet malts. Oh my god is this aromatic. It's almost like a spiced bread pudding. It tastes of sweet carameled malts, cardamom, ginger, ginger again, nutmeg, and red fruits. It is sweet yet complex. It drinks medium in body and is pretty sticky on your palate. Overall this is a fine here and has aged really well. It was a pleasure to try it.

Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear and golden brown into a goblet.
Sweet aroma.

Wasn't sure if this was intended as a quad or barley wine -- because of the spices its a barley wine with some complex belgian overtones. There was nice toffee sweetness up front, and I got a hint of pine. Maybe a little dry spicing at the end (pepper and coriander) but just a bit.

This is a really top notch beer from Founders. We'll be getting another for cellaring!

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Kentucky Breakfast Stout snifter. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Heather and I were lucky enough to have sampled this on draft at Founders in the fall of '07, but I lost my notes shortly afterward. This review is for the bottled version. This review is dedicated to my retired Greyhound, Bunny, who turns 7 today!

A: Pours a hazy, chestnut-brown color with some ruby highlights. As expected, the khaki colored head is virtually non-existant. There is a creamy and bubbly ring with a splotchy skim. Lace is limited to random specks and minimal ropes.

S: Delicious creamy caramel with notes of chocolate, plum, toffee, vanilla, vegetables, raisins, cherry, and tantilizing alcohol vapor burn.

T: Immediate sweet caramel flavor that's followed closely by bittersweet chocolate, cotton candy (!), marshmallow (!!), dates, brandy, rum raisin bread pudding, vanilla, plum, toffee, alcohol, vague spiciness, and a bit of subdued & earthy hops.

M: HUGE! Sweet, creamy, and very sticky with incredible balance offered by a dry spiciness and alcohol tang. So smooth and oily with an awesome dry and spicy snap at the end. A near perfect mixture of sweet, spicy burn!

D: I can't believe this is 13%! We seem to remember that the fresh draft version of this had more of a bitter hop presence. A year in the bottle has mellowed the bitterness considerably but amped up the delicious sweet malty complexities.

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a modest head that leaves a few dots around the chalice

Smell: Caramel, raisins and stone fruit

Taste: Opens with a rich caramel flavor that is joined, mid palate, by a rather fruity aspect; after the swallow, the subtle impact of the yeast and spices moves this barleywine in a rather unique direction; some earthy bitterness appears as well, but the age has taken the edge of the hops

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice barleywine that leans English rather than American now that it has aged a bit; the yeast and spices add an intriguing dimension

Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I received this gem in a BIF sometime last year, and I had it sitting in the cellar ever since. Well I happen to notice it last week and decided to put it in the fridge to drink sometime down the road. After a long day, I came home and wanted something a little stronger this evening, so I decided to go with this one, as well it looked like it had the cure for how I felt.

Appearance - The pour was rather nice with a dark brownish amber with some nice highlights of a honey color laced in throughout. Very nice color, and nearly opaque from all the haze and cloudiness that was interspersed throughout. A smallish, maybe an inch high of off white colored foam came over the top of the glass. It hung around for a good couple of minutes before settling down to a thin film that stayed throughout the rest of the session. Very nice overall presentation, with a little bit of side glass lace throughout.

Smell - The aroma was rich and very sweet. What surprised me was there was no sense of alcohol in here at all, none, with a very sweet malt character to it. Lots of caramel and honey were all over this one, and blending in nicely with hints of cloves and grasses. Very mellow aroma overall with nothing really standing out or becoming overly heavy in any way. Just a very solid offering so far.

Taste - The flavor was soo mellow, and the alcohol soo well hidden I almost did not know what to do wit myself. This was literally tremendous in its nature, but its actuality was just sublimely mellow. A very nice honey soaked raisin like menagerie of earthy sweet flavors just opened up all around. Just richly complex and subtle, I am in awe with how well this was made. It is a phenomenal barley wine. Started out with a huge rush of caramel flavored toffee that was equally as sweet as it was mellow. Some nice underlying grains in the back really coming through, and all evidence of the 13% ABV is gone. This was almost too good to be true. Complex and earthy. There was a nice bit of light yeast flavors, some apples maybe, but this was mostly sweet bready malts we were dealing with here, and very good ones at that. A slight bit of a grassy hop note in the finish, but not too drying, was leaving a nice long lasting sweetness in the profile.

Mouthfeel - Really a lot of quality here with a rich thick Mouthfeel that was really just about perfect, a little more carbonation and it would have been. Thick, almost like a syrup in its consistency, it really drank like a true barley wine. Not slick at all, but very thick in the feel.

Drinkability - Here I would have to say that this was outstanding. This is a 13% barley wine, which drank like it was about 7%. I really never did detect any alcohol in it any way shape or form, it was just that good. I struggled not to drink this one too fast, as I found my sips getting bigger and bigger with each passing minute, really exceptionally drinkable.

Overall, I thought this was more then worthy from Founders. It was harsh and in your face like some other of their brews are, rather it took the subtle route to get your attention, and boy did it ever. I would love to get another one of these to see what a year or two could do to it. If you can find this one, get a hold of it now, its worth it.

Photo of birchstick
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a ruby brown caramel color

S - barleywine nose with loads of caramel malts - a little fruity and some toffee as well

T - starts off with some caramel and sticky toffee. Some fruitiness is mixed in from the belgian yeast throughout the middle. Caramel shows back up in the end with a touch of cookie malts. REALLY nice barleywine here.

M - per my notes "good to me"

D - really nice offering from Founders in the glass here. Good take on the barleywine - the belgian yeast added some uniqueness to it that worked really well. If you have some of this in your cellar, open now because I don't know how it could get any better.

Photo of errantnight
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Joe1510... thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Finally and arbitrarily pulled this one from the closet tossed it in the fridge and went to town all on my lonesome... and while I enjoyed the heck out of this, a tear is shed that there wasn't someone to gush over its awesomeness with while consuming (fiancee not a huge Barleywine fan).

Anyway... poured a rich ruby brown, clear, with a pleasing rich viscosity and just a pinch of carbonation lifting through the murk. Overall lightly carbonated and works within the style and with the specific flavors, and it's a pretty color, but a bit of lacing or something would have been cool.

Aroma is... just an awesome melange. Off a rush of rich malt comes a citrusy burst of hops that folds back into a bit of a fruity ester... candy/dried fruit towards plum. A full inhale yields a bit of a roasted edge, and finally spices start to reveal themselves in the distance... some black pepper and clove or cinnamon. That said, this aroma doesn't really pop until late in the proceedings once the alcohol really has a chance to make things pop... so knocked back just a tad.

On the palate, however, this is an absolute gem from start to finish. A smooth, velvety texture reveals itself as not lacking more prominent carbonation, and the forward dark roasted caramel notes blend perfectly into a firm but forgiving bitterness. Endlessly sippable. The Belgian yeast (blended with American yeast) really takes a serious backseat, only revealing itself in pops of some of the fruit flavors, and perhaps accentuating the existing spices just a tad. Balance is fantastic.

Loved this beer. Wish I had another. Or Founders would brew this again. Frequently. In California. Interesting, complex, drinkable, substantial but not overbearing. Superb craftsmanship. More!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rusted raspberry with bright tangelo trim. The beer is crystal clear and develops a gorgeous glow with any sort of backlighting. In spite of very little visible carbonation, a standard pour generated a generous crown of pale caramel colored foam... that is beginning to lay down gauzy sheets of finely stippled lace. Eye candy without a doubt.

The nose throttles things back from great to merely good. More vibrancy would be wonderful, as would more depth. Warming should help on both counts. I get caramel and assorted fruits, primarily candied cherries. While there's a hint of the 'spices' noted on the label, they aren't very prominent.

One of the most amazing things about Deca (among many) is that the brewers have buried a 13.0% ABV extremely well. Alcohol is noted in the nose and it's barely noted on the palate. Mouth, tongue, esophagus and gullet beg to differ. It's far from hot, however. In fact, it's just about right given the circumstances.

Not that it matters, but this 10th Anniversary ale is more English barleywine than American barleywine. The label indicates, and the taste buds definitely agree, there's much more malt ('generous') than hops ('a touch'). On the other hand, I'm not sure that a 13.0% British beer has ever been brewed.

The flavor profile is reminiscent of one of the two best barleywines in existence... Midnight Sun Arctic Devil (Great Divide Old Ruffian is the other). This beer is good, but it isn't *that* good. As suspected, warming brings things into sharper focus and heightens flavor contrast.

Specifics include figgy pudding with dark rum and caramel sauce, sticky dates, candied citrus peel and small pinches of cinnamon and nutmeg. The beer is most assuredly sweet, although cloying is kept at bay by what tastes like at least 'two touches' of hops. Given everything else that's going on, it's difficult to appreciate the Belgian yeast. American ale yeast was used as well.

The mouthfeel doesn't give an inch in terms of quality. It starts out medium for the style and finishes at least medium-full. There's nothing but glassy smoothness and a whole lotta soft edges. That's a remarkable feat given the stratospheric ABV.

Deca 10th Anniversary Ale is special beer that deserves to be brewed again... and again... and again. I can't think of a more worthy addition to an already stellar lineup from one of my favorite breweries. Founders needs a barleywine. Founders needs *this* barleywine. And so do the rest of us.

Photo of gford217
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of 2277jf poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark, clear reddish cola brown with hints of amber when held up to the light. There is a small bubbly head that recedes to a thin ring and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is dominated by candied fruits and caramel malts but there is definitely a slight spice burn, especially as it warms. When it does, there is plenty of pepper, cinnamon and maybe some ginger.

The taste has a big full sweetness up front dominated by dark fruits, especially raisins and plums. This is complemented by a huge caramel malt base before the spices really take off in the finish, leaving the tongue burning a bit with some pepper and other unidentifiable spices.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of things and almost thick on the palate with tons of sweetness coating the mouth with only the softest of carbonation complementing things.

A very sweet barleywine with only the faintest of hop presence but with a massive spice profile that really mixes things up, especially in the taste. Big thanks to Josh for the opportunity to try this one.

Photo of kirok1999
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper/red with a nice little hint of a head. Sticks to the glass nicely.
Smells of massive amounts of fruit. Apples dominate, raisins, cherries, dates and a mild hint of citrus.
Taste is just like the smell. Tons of fruit up front, sweet and smooth. Candy like sweetness in the middle and a lingering dark finish complete this extremely complicated beer.
Feels smooth with very little carbonation, maybe a bit thin but with a taste like this I can forgive a little thinness.
It's really too bad they only made this once.

Photo of hammer09
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a viscous, burgundy-brown that diffuses what little light is able to pass through. Visible signs of carbonation are essentially non-existent. With very little head development and its syrupy profile, I know that this is going to be a substantially heavy beer. Although not identified as such on the bottle, this is definitely reminiscent of a barley-wine.

Smell is sweet and malty with notes of raisins and/or grapes. There is also a bit of an estery pinch to the nose upon further agitation. Hop character is muted with most of the aromas dominated by aged fruit. Smells delicious and potent.

Taste is definitely alcoholic, but not harsh as I expected based on olfactory observations. Flavor is sweet, but complex; earthy and fruity. Dominant flavors are raisin, apple, and some vanilla. Good, but strong. At this point, there is not doubt that this is a barley wine.

Mouthfeel is warming due to the presence of alcohol, but not harsh. Slick and sticky character with minimal carbonation. A bit crisp on the tip of the tongue, but otherwise fairly smooth.

This is a very enjoyable brew and meant to be savored. Worth the price per bottle, however? For a 10th Anniversary limited release, I would say yes. If I could still find this, I'd be interested in cellaring this for a year or two to see how it ages.

Photo of DIM
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This beer is a hazy brown with amber hilights. Pours with a minimal tan head.

s: I found some perfumed hop, sweet malty vanilla, plum esters, and some odd spices I could not identify. (coriander, cinnamon?)

t: Quite a lot going on here, this one is difficult to describe. I tasted some sour prunes, vanilla, a delicate floral hop, and again those spices I could not identify. This tastes a bit like barleywine/quad hybrid. Give Founders a lot of credit for trying something new.

m: Very good body on this one, plenty of foamy carbonation even if there was no head.

d: Big thanks to hoppymeal for the chance to try this one. I might want to track down another bottle for aging. A truly unique offering from Founders that is well worth seeking out.

Photo of Wildman
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear, very dark amber color and formed a small off white bubby head that left circular lace as it subsided. No carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and for lack of a better word, hard candy. The flavor was of malt, caramel and candy. The body was medium light and the finish was quite sweet. This is a beer that I realize needs some aging, which may soften the more sweeter tones in this beer. Another good beer from Founders, if a bit too pricey. What did they do, research Three Floyds?

Photo of Urbancaver
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange with a yellow glow. Touch of off-white head. Smells super spicy. Lots of cinnamon and cloves. Tastes really spicy. Tons of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, malty. Tastes similar to a pumpkin ale but no pumpkin characters. Well carbonated. Overall really enjoyable. This beer has aged super well

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has as dense brown body with a slight reddish glow at the base of the glass. The head is made up of big bubbles of light tan with a slight yellowish hint. With each sip the head slides down the glass leaving a trail. The carbonation is good and made up of lots of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of sweet caramel malt and a soft hint of chocolate malt has a light pine note. As it warms there is a slight perfume hint to that caramel and a note of dark roasted malt in the background.

T- The taste of caramel and dark roasted bitterness give way to a light cream and white sugar note with accents of dates coming through as it warms. There is a light bourbon and cola note in the finish and a soft clove note aswell. The finish is pretty smooth and not really sweet.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel and a light slippery texture which is finished with nice alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a good balance of sweet malt flavors and nice alcohol heat. The malt had some nice complexity and the yeast flavors enhanced that. I didn’t notice any hops in the taste but I didn’t miss them at all.

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Founders Deca 10th Anniversary from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.