Founders Deca 10th Anniversary - Founders Brewing Company
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4.22/5 rDev +1%
Cracked this bottle courtesy of jac5084 tonight for Sunday Night Football. I cracked it using my skilled cracking abilities and it opened without a hiss. I was worried this had gone flat, but luckily, it had not...Poured into a snifter...
A: Pours a hazy mahogany brown with some ruby hues. Pours with a decent tan head, but that quickly fades to some spotty lacing. Opaque.
S: Smell is nice and sweet with caramel malts, Munich, and fading hops...very faded hops. Some nice darker fruits as well with fig and raisin being apparent.
T: Taste is sweet upfront with sweet caramel, faded citrus, toffee and some coffee. I was expecting more burnt flavors for being boiled for a whopping 10 hours, but this is more sweet than burnt bitterness. Not complaining, however.
M/D: Low carbonation, but pretty much spot on for the style.
Overall, this is a good beer. Nice and flavorful, but the complexity could be a tad deeper.
11-09-2009 01:30:20 | More by treyrab
4.47/5 rDev +6.9%
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
10-29-2009 12:37:44 | More by brentk56
4.63/5 rDev +10.8%
.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
10-23-2009 23:30:42 | More by WakeandBake
4.1/5 rDev -1.9%
Courtesy of RB's very own hopscotch. Poured a clear copper with tan head. It has a huge aroma with spices I just can't distinguish or make out. There's some sweetness too. Ginger? Hmm. There is a thick sweet flavor that slides into varying spices. To the midway and beyond I get sweet caramel that grows along with fresh green spiciness. Interesting.
10-07-2009 17:53:13 | More by BigMcLargeHuge
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
Saved one of these from a couple years ago. Very nice. Pours a murky dark brown with tan head. Smell is oxidized sherry and sweet caramel. Sweet Moses! This is tasty stuff. A couple years seems to have done it good. Toffee, maybe a tad of candi sugar in the taste profile. Definitely a sugar bomb. Body is quite thick and carbonation is thick. I can only imagine how good this would be if it was bourbon barrel aged. Pretty damn drinkable.
08-02-2009 00:24:42 | More by waltonc
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
22 oz bottle into a couple of snifters. Big thanks to HopDerek for splitting this one with me.
Pours a deep, clear ruby with a 1/2 finger of soft mocha colored head. Retains mostly around the edges, with some thin wisps in the middle. Swirling throws a rich cascade of lacing up, that lays in thick swathes on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very malty sweet, with notes of thick toasted grains, toffee, dark fruits, bread, and some fruity citrus. The hop character, that was probably more assertive when fresh, has faded into some smooth smelling herbal and spicy character. Touch of warmth as well in the nose, but anything to worry about.
The taste starts with a nice thick base of malts to it, with roasted grains and bread mixing with syrupy toffee sweetness. A flush of black currants and some more citrus style fruitiness fill out the middle. Finally, despite some age, hops still assert themselves in the finish with a light bitterness that not only balances out some of that heavy sweetness but also imparts a drying and spicy feel on the palate. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a surprisingly soft feel to the carbonation that then gives way to a more viscous feel towards the back. As a matter of fact, this defintely sips very nicely for a 13% beer.
Over a year and a half of cellaring has been kind to this, holding down the bitterness, allowing the sticky malts to shine, and most of all, tempering some of that high ABV. Hefty and flavorful, this was a most pleasant American Barleywine to sit down with.
05-13-2009 16:43:08 | More by Kegatron
4.05/5 rDev -3.1%
Pours a clear garnet into a snifter with 1 pinky of light tan head. Good retention and nice lacing. Smells of malty goodness, bread, grapes, raisins, earth, and brown sugar. Tastes of raisins, grapes, bread, caramel, toffee, spices like cinnamon and brown sugar, candy, a touch of chocolate, and a peppery hop finish. Medium full in body with low carbonation. Sweet and malty with a nice spicy finish. A good sipping beer, hides its 13% pretty well.
05-04-2009 22:27:32 | More by HopDerek
4.38/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
03-16-2009 02:43:11 | More by gford217
3.95/5 rDev -5.5%
A 650 mL bomber purchased at Capone's almost 2 years ago. Still has the rather exorbinant $25 price sticker on it.
A: The barleywine is a full mahogany red color, hazy throughout except for one small patch of bright orange glow near the bottom of the glass. A thick head has left a robust lace around the mouth of the glass.
S: The nose is very malty, bready with a raisin and brown sugar presence. Toffee aromas add a sweetness that matches the brown sugar.
T: A licorice sweetness, laced with some ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon gives the ale an interesting start. Having never read the label, I didn't know that the ale was spiced. A nice surprice. Behind the spice profile, a malt bomb is waiting to explode. Syrupy caramel and toffee define the malt body and support, in addition to the spices, a citrus hop profile that has clearly degraded. My first burp also had a coffee aftertaste, releasing an interesting depth that doesn't pop out of the taste.
M: The mouthfeel start off spicy, interesting for a barleywine. The malt body has a dry sweetness that mixes well with a mild (due to degradation) hop profile. A Christmas barleywine.
D: The spice profile is strange, almost out of place within this barleywine. It makes me anxious for the first wave of each sip to pass. What is left afterwards is a solid barleywine that I'd sip on for at least half of a day (a whole day may ruin me).
02-21-2009 02:40:00 | More by akorsak
4.75/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
12-19-2008 02:13:44 | More by DrJay
4.55/5 rDev +8.9%
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.
12-18-2008 01:05:28 | More by FtownThrowDown
4.43/5 rDev +6%
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!
12-13-2008 23:54:31 | More by errantnight
4.1/5 rDev -1.9%
Thanks to SGB Jeff for breaking this out at an impromptu beer tasting at Alaska Nick's.
A-Hazy deep copper with a thin tan non-reducing head that left decent lace.
S-Spiced sugar cookie goodness. Pine, nutmeg, raisin, sweet caramel, unidentified spices and a bit of alcohol burn. Whoa!
T-Mmmm, spicy hops mixed with a boatload of caramel cookie sweetness. Piney hop bitterness kicks in at the end.
M-Medium-heavy, very smooth with a long lasting spicy notes.
D-Over a year old and this one is still an ass kicker. I can't imagine what this would have been like fresh...BAM! A nice, long, slow sipper and one that should be shared among friends.
12-06-2008 07:14:51 | More by Deuane
4.4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
11-30-2008 22:37:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.88/5 rDev -7.2%
Thanks to OC for this brew!
Pours the color of a ripe date, deep shades of brown with fleshy red highlights. Very thin head on this one, only got about half an inch and it quickly settled to a ring.
Various ripe dark fruits on the nose. Raisins, cherry, dates, figs, prunes, apple, hints of chocolate, lots of caramel malts, slight oxidation, and a bit of nutty malts too. Biscuit and toast malts. Brown sugar and a bit of maple too.
Toasted and caramel malts upfront, lots of caramel sweetness near the finish with some cherry in the end. I'm also getting notes of chocolate and cocoa in the aftertaste. A little alcohol heat with the first sip. More chocolate and toffee flavors on the second sip. Some spicy yeast in the middle. Seems a little more spicy and hot after a few sips and the chocolate, toffee, and fruit flavors come through in the second half. Hmm, it seems as if the flavors take a turn with each sip. Now I get the chocolate and toffee flavors first with some toasted malts and multi-grain bread in the end. Then I take another sip and I get the fruity alcohol and spices upfront with the other flavors in the end. The Belgian yeast is quite influential in this brew, especially in the first half of the sip. Some plum and sugary raisin in the finish too.
Low level of carbonation and soft, slightly syrupy and thick...feels smooth on the palate.
I knew that this was a strong beer but did not realize it was 13% until I looked at the label!!! Drinks fairly easy and I'm going to have to start drinking this one a little slower.
11-21-2008 04:07:17 | More by seaoflament
4.18/5 rDev 0%
A - Pours dark thick melted caramel. Not much head, cascading bubbles down the side and sticky lacing.
S - Raisins, figs, smashed cooked sweet dark fruits, dense sweet caramel, booze, small suggestion of sharpness.
T - Fat ass caramel treat, jumped up with boozy flavor and dark fruits. Nice bitter aspect at finish.
M - Heavy, creamy, fair carbonation, pretty good balance considering how big and sweet.
D - Too big and too BIG for long term enjoyment. I need a glass of water. LOL.
11-03-2008 04:09:25 | More by srandycarter
2.38/5 rDev -43.1%
As 2.0 rating states: I am not impressed with this beer. All the halmarks and attributes of a barleywine with too much spice. If you thought of aging it, like I thought, would mellow it you'd be as wrong as I was. It was less 'hot" with the fusel alcohols and the burning sensation but still fairly heavy spicing and a little sharp in the palette. Nice color, good attempt but if you're looking for Founder's best this is no the one to try.
09-25-2008 03:57:59 | More by SiphonKing
4.47/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
09-12-2008 22:39:23 | More by GbVDave
3.88/5 rDev -7.2%
I decided to have this in celebration of starting grad school.
A- A beautiful, cloudy, brown liquid. There is a great crystal ball effect that is pretty cool. The head is thin and pretty splotchy, but there are some cool streams of carbonation.
S- A very strong aroma of vegetables, cotton candy, alcohol, some citrus, and some other fermented fruit. Hard to place and very complex, but enjoyable.
T- Pretty unique. A lot like the smell, but a tad on the sour side. There is a definite hop presence that has degraded over the past year+. I pick up on some caramel and brown sugar as well as an alcohol warmth and a bit of nuttiness. There are a lot of flavors here that are blending pretty well together, but I think this could definitely use some more time to allow the strong flavors to become more friendly with one another.
M- Kind of clean and slick. Pretty drying on the tail end. The carbonation level is pretty low, but the flavors are so strong, it's not really a hinderance.
D- This is most definitely a sipper. I would wager that this could use some more time to blend together, but it is drinking good now too.
08-27-2008 02:30:03 | More by david131
4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
I have been sitting on this bottle for about a year now. The bottle released a murky mahogany liquid into the snifter that glows with amber highlights when backlit. Large carbonation bubbles adhere to the bottom of the glass and slowly release to the surface. The head was a little tough to pull up at first but an aggressive pour yielded a finger worth of creamy beige suds. After the head settled a swirling and thick ring is what's left behind and patchy lacing clings to the glass.
The nose of this beer is very unique and loaded with complexity. There's a very pleasant warming spicing that hits the nose first. The first thing that comes to mind is a cinnamon and brown sugar combination with ginger bread quickly following. Dark maltiness comes across in many different ways, all of them good. Walnuts, figs, and caramel all play a major role in the nose of this beer. This is a beer I could easily sit here and smell for a long while. The gingerbread aroma that comes from this beer is amazing.
The flavor seems to follow along the same lines but there are some differences. The cinnamon, brown sugar, and gingerbread are all present and play major roles is the flavor profile of this beer. There seems to be a slight mineralish quality that I could do without that slowly drops the score from incredible to delicious. Walnuts, figs, and dripping warm caramel all coat the tongue nicely, laying down a solid foundation for the subtle spicing.
The mouthfeel of this beer is spot on. The body is moderately heavy with a solid stick on the finish that keeps all the complexity lingering for a few seconds. Velvety carbonation lets this beer work through slowly allowing me to catch every nuance.
This beer forces you to sip with the unique complexity. There's layer upon layer of malty goodness that I just can't get enough of. Each drink is both warming and delicious.
I really like the direction Founders took last year with the release of two special addition bombers, Blushing Monk being the other. Unfortunately I haven't seen any of the same this year. This is a delicious, unique take on a barleywine with an interesting spicing. I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up again if available.
07-28-2008 01:18:43 | More by joe1510
4.22/5 rDev +1%
The drink pours a deep reddish-copper with a thin white head that recedes pretty quickly and leaves minimal lacing.
Smell is savory and malty with a touch of fruitiness.
Taste is rich and malty, with notes of caramel-covered dates, dried figs, and a touch of cocoa. The drink is smooth and soft, a bit spicy, crisp, and winey with a very dry finish.
Drinkability is only limited by the ABV.
07-20-2008 15:11:22 | More by cvstrickland
3.5/5 rDev -16.3%
Sampled on 7-13-08
Pours a cloudy deep amber color, with a fizzy off-white head that bubbles away.
Smell is very strong and very unique. There is a sweet vegetable quality that I can't quite place, with maybe a hint of Belgian. Super complex and interesting.
Taste is tons of spices, and alot like the smell. Lots of clove at first, with a almost peppery kick. The middle cloyingly sweet, and the finish is much the same. No perceptible alcohol, and no real hop character.
Mouthfeel is good, super thick with low carbonation.
Drinkability is poor. The strong, sweet, and odd flavors get old very quickly.
Overall, I probably should have had this fresh, maybe the hops would still have been there. An interesting an rather extreme beer, but a little disappointing.
07-13-2008 22:00:48 | More by BMoney575
4.33/5 rDev +3.6%
Dark brown color. Nose is impressive and awfully complex, mostly malty with roast, caramel and sugared fruits notes. Also traces of spices. Flavor is massive and thick. Lots of taste. Well aged malts, caramel, toffee, wild mountain fruit. Belgian-like in a way, but also like an english barley wine. Nice balance overall, including the spicing. Very tasty, well made beer.
07-04-2008 16:10:29 | More by Crosling
4.08/5 rDev -2.4%
Big thank to hoppymeal. Derek added this AS AN EXTRA! You're a class act, bro.
22oz. brown bomber poured into a snifter.
A: Pours a deep mahogany, completely opaque. A short head forms and falls decently fast. Very little lacing.
S: Sweet malts with a pleasant alcohol line. A touch of smoky and meaty aromas.. like a touch of turkey dinner, herb rubbed and roasted game. There's a really unique mint aroma that fits very well.
T/M: Very different. The mint is very pronounced in the taste. Not unpleasant but just very unexpected. Hop bitterness is nearly gone and only has a touch of pine and citrus. The malts are sweet but not thick or syrupy. Again, just a touch of herb turkey/game. Alcohol comes out a bit about midway through and more as it warms. Body is only about medium to medium full and carbonation adds a bit of smoothness. Finishes a bit dry.
D: Tasty and extremely unique. The bottle says 13%. A bit surprising until about halfway through the bottle, lol. Keep up the good work, Founders.
06-09-2008 02:45:16 | More by pwoods
5/5 rDev +19.6%
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.
05-13-2008 01:20:06 | More by KarlHungus
Founders Deca 10th Anniversary from Founders Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.