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Founders Deca 10th Anniversary - Founders Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
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101 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 107
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 06-25-2007)
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Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to siege06nd for sharing this one with us. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. It poured a murky, dark caramel color to it with just a few bubbles gathering around the edges of the glass. Just a hint of lacing as I drank it. Pretty nice looking for the style and age.

The aroma has a rich caramel and dark fruit presence to it. I get a little bit of an herbal, earthy spice to it as well. It does show some oxidization to it though with a little bit of a sawdust like aroma coming out. It wasn't a bad aroma for it's age at all, but I can easily see how it could have been better a few years ago.

The taste shows a rich maltiness to to it with raisins, caramel and brown sugar all coming out. I get some herbal bitterness in the finish that really helps balance it out. As I drank it I started to get a little more of a sweeter, candied fruit like flavor out of it. There is a little bit of residual citrus hops left in it, enough to tell that this was probably fairly hoppy in it's prime. The rich, deep malty flavors in it were very good overall though.

The mouthfeel is heavy and a little slick with carbonation being low. Great mouthfeel for the style. Overall I thought it had some really good flavors. It felt a little oxidized in the aroma, but that didn't really show in the taste. I thought it had a nice balance for the style as well. It was pretty good overall, but I can imagine it might have been a little better a few years ago.

Photo of bstyle
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Renee & Jim for this one! Review from written notes.
Cellared 2007 bottle.

Served in a tulip glass. Dark copper color, almost a fossil amber jewel tone when held to the light. Thin layer of off white foam that settles to a thin frothy ring that has a slight collar around the edges.

Spicy and bready aroma, lightly sweet with some oxidation creeping in around the edges.

Rich flavors of port and carob, toffee, plum, chicory. Soft carbonation, creamy feel, finishes dry. Alcohol seems to have mellowed out completely. It's aged pretty gracefully, and retained some interesting complexity. Definitely better than I remember it tasting 2-3 years ago.

Photo of sweemzander
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Been a longtime want of mine!

(A)- Pours a deep crimson amber color with some minimal tan froth and lace.

(S)- Hmm. A spicy (cardamon and/or coriander?) Some rich malty caramel and dusty funk from the beginnings of oxidation. Some nice maple syrup on the finish.

(T)- A nice rich profile. Definitely can see the belgian yeast strain in this. Some bits of maple, caramel, fig, and some subtle cocoa, raisin, and minimal dry clay.

(M)- A fitting mellow carbonation level, but overall, a unique and interesting balance of rich flavors and a smooth finish for 13%ABV.

(D)- A unique barleywine with the spices and belgian yeast strain. Has aged quite well over the years too, but it is starting to show some signs of decline. Very glad to have finally tried this.

Photo of kirok1999
4.38/5  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 brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of seeswo
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of splax23
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of surlytheduff
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of thain709
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to "Mayor" Reed for sharing this with a few of us. Consumed in October 2011, four years old by then.

A - The body was a deep amber in color...the head stood one finger tall and was a very light brown in color...not much retention but there were a few bubbles left and also some lacing was able to cling to the glass

S - Such a great nose...the sweetness level was pretty high, but it never came across as too much...caramel and toffee reign supreme with notes of dark fruits mixed in

T - Again, the sweetness level has become pretty high, but once again it never overpowers...it's rather enjoyable...the caramel and toffee flavors dance around and manage to coat the palate...the dark fruits boast dates and figs, with the dates also adding another level of dark sweetness

M - Medium bodied...smooth...sweet and mellow

O - There is nothing like aging a Barleywine...I sampled an '05 Gratitude before and the nose on Deca had a lot of similarities...this was very smooth and enjoyable and I'm happy someone was so gracious to share it...I wonder what they will do for their 15th anniversary?!

Photo of brew3crew
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-hazy orange body with a white head that quickly disapates

S-very minty and orange. And I don't like mint.

T-very weird tasting. Maybe oxidized with the orange and mint.

M-medium body and smooth

O-finishes smooth but I don't know how I feel about it

Photo of Urbancaver
4.33/5  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 aasher
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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 SpdKilz
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Twisted Spoke. Bottle from Founder’s 10th Anniversary. Released 2007.

Appearance – Pours a hazy mahogany color. The haze dissipates once the bubbles make their way to the top of the beer. Less than half a finger of head is achieved with a relatively vigorous pour. The slight head dissipates leaving almost zero lacing.

Smell – I will admit, this was the lackluster aspect of the beer. Extremely one dimensional – sweet dark fruits and caramel/toffee. That was really all I got. I had to let the beer warm up almost to room temperature to get a better aroma from it (it was very slight even served at cellar temps).

Taste – Thankfully the taste was quite good and more complex than the aroma. The initial sip results in a overall sweet flavor profile. I get a hint of oxidation up front but this disappears almost immediately and honestly the more I drank this the less I tasted it. The flavors were honestly very nice. There is a spicy spice aspect to the beer that stays with it throughout the sip. Lots of dark fruits such as plums, over ripened cherries, and figs. A heavy candied aspect is prevalent (as the person I was with can attest to), and having this mixed with a caramel and toffee backbone would make one think it would be cloying… but one would be wrong. The whole beer comes together at the end and really does taste spectacular.

Mouthfeel – Lower carbonation, utterly smooth and creamy mouthfeel, finishes a hint spicy and boozy.

Overall – This has to be, bar none, the most quaffable barleywine I have encountered. While there is still a slight alcohol flavor to it, it helps detract from the sweetness of the beer, keeping it in check. Coincidentally, I was in the middle of trying to get this beer in a trade when I saw this on the menu and decided to get it for the hell of it. Later that day the trade did not happen so I’m glad I choose to get this beer. I’ll probably never get a chance to try this again, but am glad I was able to try it now.

Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden amber/copper color with a one finger yellowish beige head that slowy fades into a thin ring.  Minimal lacing left behind.  

Sweet malty aroma with subtle hops and earthy spice.  Hints of caramel, toffee, leathery malt and dark fruit.

Medium bodied with sweet caramel malt, rye, biscuit and toffee.  Faint floral, earthy hops with a zesty spice character.  Slick oily nouthfell with slight boozy sweetness and heat in the finish.  Pretty tasty and complex with a well masked ABV.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.63/5  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 coldmeat23
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
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 mentor
4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
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 klikger
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour from a shared bomber served in a tulip glass

A - I arrived late to a small tasting, so my pour was from the bottom of the bottle. It looked like cloudy apple cider in color, consistency, etc.

S - Toffee and caramel

T - Complex and very well-balanced blend of honey, clove, and leather, with cinnamon and a bit of pepper as the glass was consumed.

M - No carbonation. Heavy in body and slightly syrupy.

D - This is a sweet beer, and there is no longer any hop bitterness to offset this. However, it was still very enjoyable and quite drinkable for 13%.

What a massive barleywine - this is a beer I'm stoked to have tried (thanks Madvike!), and it didn't disappoint. Open on an important occasion, sip slowly, and relish this one.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a big time want of mine and was graciously provided back about this time last year in the Fight Club: Project Mayhem BIF... Czoch75 devastated my wants list... I shared this with the usual suspects over the weekend.... Thanks doesn't say enough.... Clint, you are a Rock Star!!

Deep amber.. very clear... sorta thin yellowish tan head... still nice lacing... pour looks viscous.

Nose shows thick caramel and a bit of unidentifiable spice and some background cherry.

Flavor is complex.... a bit of raisin and some figgy qualities... some mild yeasty phenols remind me slightly of white pepper and minor clove... but the proof is in the great malt profile... yummy ... Eric kept thinking this was "wood aged"? I don't think so, I was just amazed at all the flavor packed into the bottle.

Body was medium/full with a lighter than expected carbonation that lended well to the mouthfeel.

I was able to pick out the "Belgian" yeast qualities a bit, but overall, this was a very nice BW... I honestly believe it could still handle another year or two pretty readily.

Thanks again Clint for the beatdown... It was a good hurt ... Now when are we gonna do it again? :-)

4/4/4.5/4.5/4

Photo of Beertracker
4.68/5  rDev +12%
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 boothbeer
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beace for splitting this 4 ways. Reviewed from notes:

A: Pours a medium brown color. Some reddish hints in there as the light reflects against it. Light tan head that vanishes almost instantly, leaving some lacing on its way out.

S: Smells like an English Barleywine. Some carmel/toffee smells-almost candy like. Dried dark fruits, and even a little spice.

T: Nice sweet characteristic. A little toffee and caramel. Nice balance of malts with a touch of hops. Very little alcohol burn for this 13% beer. 3 years of age on this was fantastic

M: Maderate carbonation and very smooth body.

D: This is a big beer,and I thought it was very good, but I would consider it a sipper.

Photo of rhinos00
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beace for sharing this one. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle.

A- Poured a dark amber, mahogany color. Produced a fingers width of tan colored head. Dissipated pretty quickly with some minor lacing.

S- Almost like a quad, but with the addition of caramel malts. Alcohol booziness with caramel malt sweetness, raisins and figs. Distinct hops aroma in the background...very faded.

T- Like the aroma, a caramel sweetness is the first to hit the palate. This is integrated with plenty of dark fruits, such as raisins and figs. Definite notes of citrus are detectable as well as various spices. Very complex. Finishes with notes of alcohol and faded hops.

M- Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Leaves some nice residual sweetness on the palate.

D- This is a big beer at 13% abv. While I was able to consume my portion of this beer pretty easily, I have trouble imagining someone drinking a whole bomber in one sitting.

Overall, this beer is a perfect example as to how aging can benefit some beers. A very pleasant surprise indeed.

Photo of mcallister
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally getting around to drinking one of my Founders Decca's. Been in the cellar and now one has been dug out.

Pours with good carbonation and a muddy brown with some reddish hues. Head of tan and whispy leaving nice lacing around. Puddles of carbonation are splattered around my goblet in different spots.

Some green harbacious aromas, basil, fig, toffee, date, floral off aromas. Smells good but something in there I can't pinpoint...diacetyl?

Nice beer here. Big and sweet. Thick luscious creamy malts with a nice long finish. Caramel, date, fig, golden raisin, brown sugar, mollasses, candied yams, tangerine, stagnant hops, slightly herbal and more. Not nearly as carbonated as mouth pour would suggest but this style shouldn't be. Still many years for this to mature.

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