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Founders Boilermaker (Barrel Aged Solid Gold) - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Boilermaker (Barrel Aged Solid Gold)
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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%


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

Style | ABV
English Pale Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: liamt07 on 11-22-2012)
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear gold in color. White head with a lot of lace. Beautiful.

Flavor profile: bananas and cloves with other spices up front. A touch of vanilla. Maybe some melon flavors as well. Very oaky. Lots of bourbon. The hop profile is somewhat hidden until the finish. Herbal and earthy hops. Very unique flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: smooth at first, then the bitterness hits. Medium bodied. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer, but I would have never guessed this to be a pale. Very complex for a pale. Moderate drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 23:21:23 | More by mothman
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JasonHaviland

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really impressed. Tasted at a tap takeover in Boston in a tulip glass. They really nailed this one in my mind. Great balance, strong, but not overwhelming on the nose and mid-palate and a nice, long, sweet finish. Nice hints of vanilla and oak. Would not have expected that a Bourbon Aged Pale Ale would turn out this impressive. I has a glass the next day with breakfast -- went perfectly with eggs, bacon and sausage. Go for it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2014 02:37:23 | More by JasonHaviland
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kylelenk

Michigan

3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden color just like it's Non-BA counterpart "Solid Gold."

S: Get some oaky notes but nothing really sticks out here. A bit of malt but mostly disappointing.

T: Kind of bland as the beer doesn't pick up a ton of barrel character. Not a huge fan of Solid Gold so this may be where I stray.

M: Heavier on the carbonation but still an easy sipper.

O: If you're looking for a traditional, huge BA Founders beer you might be disappointed. Boilermaker is an easy drinking barrel aged beer that would be perfect for someone looking to just stick their toes in the BA beer category.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2014 16:36:17 | More by kylelenk
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stckhndlr

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

it has a very interesting smell. butterscotch. smells like a worthers original. very pale almost confused for a lager. white head with very fine bubble lacing. the taste is oaky like a chardonnay but with a pungent bourbon flavor. feels right on the palate. reminds me of a bourbon with sprite. overall this beer doesn't fall into any of the traditional categories. but it is interesting enough I would drink it again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2014 17:47:17 | More by stckhndlr
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bx Beer Depot. Served in a snifter.

Appearance - Very pale and clear light golden body. Huge white head. Lacing clings in large chunks. Thin layer of foam on the surface.

Smell - Wow, it's interesting. Oaky, vanilla. Smells like bourbon, but I can't find any confirmation. The menu describes the aroma as sourdough, which is very accurate.

Taste - Grainy and a little floral. Bourbon again. Extremely oaky. It even gets in the way. The finish has the slightest sharp, almost tang. Again like sourdough.

Mouthfeel - Light. Oaky as hell. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This is fascinating. And really good. Great barrel flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2013 00:45:24 | More by Alieniloquium
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mdfb79

New York

3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From 12/07/13 notes. Had a 12 oz. glass of this on tap at Top Hops in NYC; served in a chalice. Listed as "Boyl'r Mayk'r", but going to assume this is the same as it was listed as the BA Solid Gold.

a - Pours a clear yellow-golden color with one to two inches of bright white head and moderate to high carbonation evident.

s - Smells or tequila, sour dough malts, grains, wheat, lgith earthy and floral notes, oak, an dlight bourbon. Nose reminds me more of tequila than bourbon personally.

t - Tastes of tequila, wheat, oak, toasted malts, bread, dough, grains, oak, and earthy notes. Again, getting tequila and not really bourbon.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Not too hot.

o - Overall an okay beer, but not my favorite from Founders. I know it was aged in bourbon barrels but it definitely smelt and tasted of tequila and spirits to me. Interesting to try but I don't think this is a style that lends great to BA'ing. Wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2013 18:30:15 | More by mdfb79
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smakawhat

Maryland

2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured on tap into a snifter glass at Churchkey. Boyl'Rmayk'R ?

Bright bone white head presented on the pour, with about a finger, and some nice lacing. A little creamy retention that sits on a deep brass and lemon yellow body. Head falls normally to a small puck, with a good coating.

Very closed nose on this. Sense of wetness and clean character, some faint grainy toast. Hard to get a sense that this is wood aged at all. Nothing offensive or off putting, and in that category it gets scored down the middle.

Well and extremely crisp and light bodied palate, and very watery. This feels more like an English mild. Faint toasty grains of brown bread, and some faint balsam wood. Watery consistency doesn't really hold the flavors here and it's tricky to search around for something to mention. Some warmth though does bring out more of the mild caramel sensing sweetness but it washes away so quickly.

The beer gets a little better with time as it warms and you have more of it, but the appeal on this for an English Pale Ale (at 7 %?) with a mild character it just does not appeal to me. I don't get this beers angle and what's the point of making a sessionable tasting high abv beer that is mild in flavor? This comes off as more of a we did this cause we could, and it sort of has impressive elements, but why make a beer this big this mild? Anywho there you have it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2013 23:48:42 | More by smakawhat
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MSU_hophead

Michigan

4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had a generous size sampler from the tap at Founders HQ on 10/27/13.

A - Although the pour was not large there was essentially no head though a small lingering rim of white lacing was present.

S - Holy cow; bourbon. Smells like you watered down some good scotch and took a whiff. Given the essentially non-present hops and light malt bill the bourbon takes front and center stage in this brew. Upon a deep inhale trying to get some other flavor to come through I pick up a little bit of biscuityness.

T - Tastes just like the smell, excellent bourbon flavor backed up by a bit of slightly bready malt flavor. Tastes like Founders made their version of a basic PBR like beer and added a shot of Glenlivet. There is also a bit of a butterscotch component that comes through although it is subtle compared to the in your face barrel flavor.

M - The bourbon barrel and the relatively high (for a non-ipa - pretty light beer) abv keep things pretty thin.

O - For bourbon or whiskey lovers I think a snifter could be worth it even though it is class 3. I don't see anyone having more then 1 of these given all the wonderful options at Founders but its a must for any barrel/whiskey aficionados.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2013 00:07:15 | More by MSU_hophead
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erickehoe

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look at it this way: a PBR with a shot of whiskey is the poor man's version of this delicious beer.

Thin lacing with a clear, straw colored body.

Smells of sweet liquor, bread.

The bourbon sweetness dominates, but notes of hops and toast nicely compliment the bourbon. Thin mouthfeel, but the complex flavors make up for it. I hope they bottle this someday.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 01:49:35 | More by erickehoe
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Founders 15th Anniversary Party, into a snifter.

Pale golden yellow with spotty lace, and very mild retention. Nose of watered down bourbon and a bit of butterscotch. Taste is bready, with some butter/butterscotch, and bourbon - all demolishing the underlying pale ale. Slightly watery feel and lightly sticky. Not a bad beer, but dominated by bourbon barrel character and not something I'd revisit.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2012 18:01:07 | More by liamt07
Founders Boilermaker (Barrel Aged Solid Gold) from Founders Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.