Founders Deca 10th Anniversary | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Deca 10th AnniversaryFounders Deca 10th Anniversary

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BeerBeing on 06-25-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 102 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of splax23
5/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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".

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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

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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.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

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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

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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.

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Founders Deca 10th Anniversary from Founders Brewing Company
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