Founders Sweet Repute | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Sweet ReputeFounders Sweet Repute

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by JohnnieNepal on 11-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
2.83/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I completely fail to see the appeal in this beer.

T: much too sweet. Are all wheat wines like this? There needs to be more balance. Otherwise I feel like I'm drinking partially fermented syrup.

M: low carbonation, but probably appropriate for the style. Creamy, syrupy texture

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Photo of jmasher85
3.16/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As much as I love my hot, messy, boozy beers, this is disappointing work from Founders. Too hot, too messy, and too boozy. Reminds me of a blend of port and cognac with some weird Belgian quad-style spiciness. Oddly, bourbon is less noticeable than the other liquor flavors, but basically, it's like someone aged a strong ale in some crappy barrels of cheap booze and bottled it flat. Dark fruits come forward, but they're overripe and possibly fermented-tasting as well. Too much going on, too intense to make anything of it, and too thick and syrupy to give any respite. Probably needs another 2 or 3 years before I'll be able to make sense of this crazy brew, but I'd avoid it fresh if it ever came out again.

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Photo of cjoc83
3.28/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours with a thick viscosity a hazy sunset amber color with a whole lot of sediment. Standard pour brings about a fingers worth of off white head that quickly recedes to a collar, which over the coarse of about 15 minutes dissolves completely.

S - Smell is quite sweet, the initial impression I got was of marshmallow. I also get some graham cracker, caramel, moderate bourbon (not too "in your face", meshes well with the base), vanilla pudding, and some slight astringent alcohol.

T - Definitely a big, sticky, sweet beer. The caramel/marshmallow sweetness hits the front of the tongue and doesn't quit, lingering after each sip. Thankfully the barrel character cuts in and provides some depth; bourbon, sweet tobacco, leather, vanilla, and oak all assert themselves prominently middle of the mouth and into the finish. I wasn't getting much maple character at first, but it really shines as it warms, mostly in the finish.

M - Sticky and full bodied with a low carbonation. Slight heat, but it's the sticky sweetness that really makes this gal a sipper.

O - If you don't like sweet beers, stay away from this one. If I had to describe it to a non-BA, I'd call it an alcoholic s'more, just without the chocolate. A lot of caramel, marshmallow and graham cracker, with well integrated barrel character, but just so damn sweet, it really hurts the brew. A nice beer but not worth $25 (I know, I overpaid for it).

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured an amber/copper color ale with a small foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of toffee notes with intense bourbon notes and loads of residual sugar. Taste is quite the extreme mix of huge bourbon notes with warming alcohol with some toffee and caramelized cereal notes. The level of residual sugar is too high in my opinion which lessen the drinkability of this beer. Body is pretty full with OK carbonation with quite a bit of warming alcohol. Type of beers that needs to be share 15 ways in order to enjoy small sample due to limited drinkability and too mush residual sugar notes.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish amber with thin but consistent lacing.

Sugary, alcoholic nose.

Tastes kinda like candy cigarettes, and, inexplicably, celery. Some kind of blonde licorice (if that were a thing), and some kind of leafy herb—almost cilantro.

Not much carbonation, but kind of thick and unctuous.

Good, and has a lot going on, but I wish I held on to this and cellared it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Golden amber. Mostly clear except for the floaties suspended in the beer. Small white head that settles to a thin collar. Some lacing and wisps.

Smell - Wheat and cracker malt. Maple syrup. Oak and bourbon.

Taste - Sweet up front. Oaky immediately. Bourbon. Lots of grainy wheat. Astringent. Very sweet.

Mouthfeel - Viscous and syrupy. Astringent. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It's tasty, but it's super sweet. And a barley wine would have been much tastier than this wheatwine crap.

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Photo of RollBounce
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

no lacing it was late cloudy great tangerine and acidic notes on the nose some dust as well with the Maple fully showing titties is a full mouth feel ok with a tangerine coming through as well overall very similar to some other beers like duclaws.I definitely suggest Casey this beer if you do see it

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Photo of ChrisKayler
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smell: light bourbon, some mango/guava, perhaps some banana, breast notes.

Taste: marshmallow. Seriously, so much sweet marshmallow.

Overall: an interesting and very unique beer, but just so immensely sweet. I would be happy with a 4 oz pour. Glad I tried but wouldn't drink again.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.69/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Sweet Repute is brewed in the style of a Wheat Wine Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels and in Bourbon Maple Syrup Barrels. Available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy cream head of a golden-pastel white color over a moderately hazy sunset amber body with ample, lively carbonation and sparse speckled sediment. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of unmalted wheat syrups and caramel malt with a strong nose of bourbon, fermented maple syrup and grains. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Bourbon, wheat malt syrups and caramel grains, earthy spiciness, peppery and moderately phenolic. Borderline cloyingly sweet but enough bourbon on the backbone to justify some balance. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, moderately residual, lightly sticky, creamy, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a mild frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of heavy overall. Balance is slightly sweet over earthy bitter, grainy and phenolic. Alcohol presence is medium/heavy and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Pretty strong and boozy, with a bold maple and caramel syrup sweetness underlying. Not quite as complex and balanced as I'd expect a wheatwine of this degree to be, but it's easy to warm up to. 3.75

Founders Brewing Company's
Sweet Repute

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Photo of drpimento
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured at a good temperature with a large, foamy, frothy, cream-colored head that settled after a little bit and no lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber. Aroma is hugely malt, caramel, bit of spice. Flavor's like nose, massively sweet, with a little bitter and tang to balance. Body/carbonation good. Finish is like flavor, long, slightly boozy. Not one of my Founders favs.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Murky brown in color with a modest lacing around the sides of the glass.

Smell - I would not say the aroma was entirely unpleasant, but it hinted to disappointment to come. It would best be described as a mediciney bourbon aroma.

Taste - The wheatwine had the thickness of syrup. Notes of orange and hot bourbon were very present. Yet with a name like sweet repute, one expects sweetness. The maple should have added a bit more. I thick of the sticky sweetness maple added to Curmudgeon's Better Half, but that does not happen here.

Mouthfeel - The thickness coats the tongue nicely with the bite of hot bourbon. The coating would have been nicer with more sweetness.

Overall - The burn of the bourbon may ease with time, but the sweetness probably will not appear suddenly.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, brown sugar, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but fairly boozy.

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Photo of barhoc11
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Murky and hazy, nothing special about its appearance but this was my first wheatwine

S: Smells pretty sweet and oaked

T: Very sweet taste at first, this is something I could see being good with a dessert

M: Very good mouthfeel, coats your tongue without being too hot

O: This is a great beer but not something I would craze. I can see how some may love this due to it being sweeter than your typical barleywine or imperial stout

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Photo of dirtylou
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on-tap, Vintner on xmess eve

Just because something is "extreme" does not mean it is good - this a sweet mess of a beer. Maple bourbon barrels are a fun novelty and who doesn't love a good wheatwine, but my god this is a diabetic's nightmare. I really think Founders needs to dial it back with trying to push everything over the top and just make a great wheatwine. There are some fun things going on here - maple, vanilla, booze, and candy. In the end, just one dimensional and entirely too sweet.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Missed out on bottles of this, but fortunately, it was tapped at Bier Station as part of a Midwest tap takeover to celebrate their first anniversary of being open. Poured into a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a hazy glowing cinnamon stick orange with a coppery hue. Head is bone white and relatively small--about half finger--and dissipates rather quickly, leaving a thin rim of bubbles around the edge of the glass and spotty but noticeable silky lacing. A gentle swirl coaxes out just a mild fizzle of carbonation.

Smell - At first it's hard to get much off the smell. The chill seems to have dulled it a little bit. After time, it begins to open up, with notes of oak, maple syrup, alcohol and some fainter vanilla. I also get notes of grain that give the impression of buckwheat and honey.

Taste - Like the aroma, it leaves a little to be desired until it warms up. At first, it is very astringent and hot with alcohol, almost like sweet brandy or rum. As it warms, vanilla, tannins, maple syrup and wood become more dominant, imparting a sticky bun-like sweetness. The taste lingers across my tongue long after the liquid is gone.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and viscous, with the liquid clinging to my mouth. Carbonation is low, but still provides enough tingle to counter the slightly cloying element.

Overall, a tasty and completely out-of-the-box offering on a style that seems to be gaining in popularity. Not my favorite wheat wine ever, but one I'm certainly glad to have tried and hopefully only an early sign of things to come from the style.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a bright orange/medium amber with a nice high slightly off-white head that dissipated slowly. Looks to be medium/heavy bodied on the pour, looks like how many great IPAs/DIPAs I've had have looked. Given the ABV% and style I'm surprised at how much carbonation this beer has. Lots of "floaties" in the bottle, but a few days in the fridge and they sank to the bottom.

S- Getting vanilla, oak, buttery caramel, maple sugar, definite alcohol presence, and some of those Hefe-weizen banana fruit notes. Perhaps some hop bitterness in there, can't tell if it's the alcohol or the hops contributing to some of the nasal burn.

T- Similar to nose, vanilla, smooth buttery toffee, maple. The ABV really starts to take over as it warms, maybe should have dialed it back a few notches. Getting a surprising amount of hops on the finish. Just a lot going on here.

M- Medium/heavy mouthfeel, very creamy, surprising amount of carbonation for the barley/wheatwines I've had. The ABV and sweetness makes this one a sipper.

O- There is a theme in this year's Backstage Series for me and that is that these beers have been very well crafted and have grown on me a little but none have really hit my palate at something amazing. I haven't really had a bourbon barrel aged beer yet that wasn't a stout or barleywine that didn't strike me as a bit odd. The hop character in this one had me thinking the base beer was something of a high hopped, high gravity version of a Gumballhead or A Little Sumpin' Sumpin', would like to try the non-barrel aged version. Seems like with these lighter styles of beers (IPAs, wheats) barrel aging just doesn't line up for me. Again a very well crafted beer, just not hitting my palate in the right spots.

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Photo of rudzud
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared with Kyle.

A - Poured a clear honey hue with a thin white head that fades to leave light wisps and thin lacing. Swirls bring heavy lacing and blanket.

S - Aromas Uhhhh. As it warms light maple and bourbon come out. Caramel sauce, sweet malts, Still there is a minty quality on the nose that does fade with time.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, rather sweet caramel, light maple, faint bourbon, the booze is hidden very well. Still though, I get a light minty thing going on. Really throws me for a loop.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, lIghtly boozy.

O - Overall this beer was a bit of a muddled mess. Nice bourbon and maple, but...minty? Bad bottle...sigh.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bert's
pours a deep golden/amber color with a good sized bubbly white head that persists forever leaving spotty lace on the way down. Aromas of dark caramel, vanilla, wood, nuts, a bit of spice and an odd but enticing pineapple coconut thing going on. The flavor is maple and dark sugars with a tart tropical fruit flavor with a spicy wheat edge and bits of vanilla, alcohol, and bourbon oak. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. I enjoyed sipping on the one for most of the afternoon. Its and odd but enticing brew.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gorgeously clear, golden amber color with hints of pink and ruby. The beer forms a small head that quickly works down into a scrim of off-white bubbles that are nearly tan. The bubbles cling to the glass and leave thin tendrils of lacing alongside pretty hefty alcoholic legs. In body, this beer is shockingly clear, especially given the barrel-aging, with some definite viscosity. The beer is bright and translucent in the light, with no floating particles and practically nothing in terms of haze. This beer looks like a lager!? On the nose, the booze and oak make themselves nicely present. Smooth oak and rich bourbon tango on the nose with touches of sticky maple syrup that are subtle, but also present. Coconut, toasted oak, stale bread, marshmallow, vanilla, and soft fusel alcohol waft across the nose along with just a hint of rubbing alcohol. There is even a light brininess to the nose, but oak and Buffalo Trace bourbon are the dominant notes on the nose. The smell is rich, but very subtle and doesn’t blend as nicely as I hoped. On the tongue, the beer tastes boozy sweet. An alcoholic heat tingles in the start of the sip and again as the beer flows down the throat. Sweet maple and wheat malt tango with tannic oak bitters and slight bready malt. The finish is rich booze and sweet malt. In flavor, the beer begins as vanilla, marshmallow and booze that then transitions into rich bourbon, much like (if not exactly the same as) the Buffalo Trace I drank last night. Touches of vanilla wafer, coconut, and praline also cross the palate. As it warms, caramel comes out along with maple syrup in the middle of the sip. The finish blends boozy bourbon with maple syrup and oak tannins, and is of a middling length, but leaves a long sweet booze feeling at the very back of the palate. In the mouth, the beer feels medium in body with a touch of weight at the finish. This beer is oddly smooth and light for its ABV. Carbonation is soft, and the mouthfeel is pure velvet and light syrup with a touch of rough alcohol that prickles at the beginning of the sip. The aftertaste is of stale bread, light nail polish, and praline with licks of maple syrup. The mouth is left with a sticky coat of booze and spittle with a hot tingle of alcohol. Overall, this beer is very hot with the bourbon character. Bourbon is the predominant flavor, and I kind of wish there was more of the maple syrup and less of the bourbon. As is, it reminds me of Buffalo Trace, malty beer, and a touch of oaky maple blended together. This Sweet Repute is a little over a month older than its release date, and from what I have read, its stepped off on its sweetness. This is still a sweet beer, but that sweetness is blended with all of the other flavors of bourbon and just a touch of maple. I also feel like the hot alcohol is starting to come out a little more in this beer, which is odd. You need to like bourbon to really appreciate this. The beer is rich and complex, but not my favorite from Founder’s barrel aging program. This is a great beer, but Founders has done better for me, and the wheatwine character is practically nonexistent here.

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the 2014 Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta).

Medium amber with a durable off-white head.

Fruity, hoppy, bourbon barrel aroma with pretty good balance. Boozy.

Flavor is also rather boozy, and sweet. Made a great first impression but then became less enticing.

O: a bit strong and boozy, but given this, nicely crafted.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark orange copper color with a creamy thick lacing ring and gentle carbonation.

S - Maple/maple sugar, bourbon, light candy toffee, with significant alcohol effervescence.

T - Maple and bourbon dominate the palate with this beer, lots of alcohol warming and effervescence, vanilla, honey, sweet toffee, some lemon, and oak.

M - Thick and viscous with substantial warming on the way down, sticky.

O - It would have been nice to have an extra bottle of this to cellar and see where it goes, as of now, it's very bourbon/alcohol forward, borderline too much and definitely something to split with a friend!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Slight chill haze on an orange-copper color. Head is small, off-white, and thin. Small wispy cap with a thin collar and no lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Booze and some serious bourbon with a faint hint of maple running through the back. Sweet like crazy. Caramel, toffee, even some molasses. So much sugar. Vanilla, coconut, and some serious butterscotch. O much bourbon and sweetness. Raw sugar. Some hidden roasted malts and a mild bready element. Some spicy alcohol esters as well. A touch fruity, apple mostly. Bread crust and biscuit dough. Nice touch of oak.

Taste: Bourbon and oak abound. Crazy sweet. Layers of vanilla, coconut, and butterscotch. Really hits all the elements offered by bourbon barrels. Some hints of marshmallow as well. Crazy cooked and caramelized malts. Bready with a ton of sweetness. A touch of wheat in the back. Alcohol runs hot with some mild spicy esters. Maple adds a touch of sweetness and layers over caramel and toffee. Some mild citrus and floral notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Almost sticky slick on the initial sip. Medium-full body. Surprisingly clean. Minimal carbonation. On point.

Overall: It's about time.

Solid. Crazy sweet but complex enough to distract. A deft use of bourbon barrels and maple bourbon.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Roger for this surprise bottle. Pours surprisingly light for a wheat wine with a clear bronze appearance and minimal head. This appearance becomes increasingly chunky as I refill my glass. Aroma is interesting. There is tons of brown sugar and maple as well as plenty of oak. Wheat comes through as well as does some light citric notes. The aroma is all over the map, definitely unique. The taste is surprisingly smooth considering its high abv and heavy malt presence. There is plenty of brown sugar like sweetness up front which melds with the maple syrup. The oak and maple bring on some deep earthy and wood tones towards the finish. Mouthfeel is big and thick, nearly getting into the realm of syrupy. Overall, this is surprisingly balanced and smooth considering how sweet the initial sip is. Very unique and definitely a step up from other recent backstage brews. Falls somewhere in the realm of Curmudgeons better half in terms of sweetness and maple character, but the wheat presence makes it a little less enjoyable.

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Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think I'm getting a lot of cherry-like aromas, and maybe a little vanilla and alcohol. Tastes pretty sweet up front, with a lot of caramel, and some fruit maybe (esepcially cherry). Definitely some bourbon, oak, alcohol, but I would have probably guessed it was under 12%. Fairly thick creamy mouthfeel. Not really getting much maple flavor, but maybe that added to the mouthfeel and sweetness. Fairly interesting and tasty overall for sure.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with friends

A- One finger egg shell white head dissipates to a thin frothy ring around the glass. The appearance is just like a unfiltered IPA. Allot of sediment. Color is golden brown.
S- The aroma is very mellow and minor. Slight hint of fruit but i could not distinguish what the fruit could be, very hard to pull any notes or characteristics out of the aroma. Slight maple, sugar, as it warms up get more rich sweet toffee notes.
T- The taste is more impressive then the aroma. The maple syrup is very present, especially in the backend. Really sweet, rich beer, toffee, slight vanilla comes out as it warms up.
M- Medium mouthfeel, dry on the palate. sticky finish.
O- Enjoyable. Have no desire to try it again, but definitely glad i got to try it once. Really liked the maple syrup taste, really shined in this beer.

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