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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerBeing on 06-25-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of SiphonKing
2.43/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of fartingdog
3.31/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark amber with little head. Aroma is first and primarily coriander, followed by pine and coriander, the citrus and coriander, then fruit and more coriander. Taste follows through in the same manner. I had a great coriander-free moment at the swallow, but then it sadly came back. Mouthfeel is rich and viscous, damn nice.

Please people! When using spices, keep it subtle. It's killing what could be a VERY promising beer. I want to like this, really, but with all the spice, I just can't get behind it. I give the taste a 3.5 (should be alot lower) as it could be a damn good beer if the dang coriander and spice was less prominent, but as of now it's just too domineering of a presence. Perhaps time will be good to this and the coriander ages out, as I have 1 of these in the cellar. We'll see in a year or more.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
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

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Photo of ppoitras
3.47/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a scant 1/8" tan head over the slightly cloudy burgundy brew. Head is down to swirl quickly, with minimal fleeting lace. Aroma is sweet, fruity alcohol. Taste starts heavy on the sweetness, almost cloyingly so, giving way to the fruit, and then alcohol flavor and warming on the close. Mouthfeel is too syrupy for my tastes, and drinkability is limited by same. An interesting anniversary brew, but probably not one I'd search out again.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

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3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a dark brownish amber body that is almost opaque. A strong pour creates an inch and a half of perfect tan head leaving scattered rocky lace as it slowly fades. Nose is a sweet and spicey mix with notes peppery yeast, cane sugar, and glazed raisens. First sip yeilds a syrupy sweet consistancey that has prune or raisen thickness to it. You also get a musty sappy hop feel that reminds me of a sweeter double IPA. Mouthfeel is a thick hue with an odd combination of honey and coriander like spices. Alchol is very well hidden for 13%, and only shows itself like a bit of cough syrup. Drinkability is good for such a beast of a beer but half a bottle will do nicely.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to snifter on 2/4/12
*From notes

-- Thanks for the vintage tick, Johnny --

A: Not the prettiest girl at the prom. It's an almost ugly shade of brown. A decent pour yields no lacing and a very minor collar. There's also a weird top lining to the beer, kinda thick.

S: Somewhat stale and quite piney hop oil. It's stodgy, like it's been in the cellar for half a decade (which it has).

T: Even this far in, it's still pretty damn hoppy off the bat. It's also got a really resiny quality to it. The mid is a touch sweet, and the finish features the malty spine and a touch of earth.

M: Like almost all of Founders brews, this thing feels great. Thick and rich, yet approachable and really well put together.

O: Nowhere near the top of the Founders depth chart, yet it's still a solid non-BA American Barleywine. I'd bet dollars to donuts that when fresh, this drank more like a DIPA then a traditional Barleywine, as the hops are rather pronounced and in your face.

All in all, I'd say get into this one if you've still got it, as the beer seems to be fading, and with haste.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a murky amber color with a small off-white head. Aromas of caramel, sherry, and overripe dark fruits. Also seems to be some toffee, bread, and oxidation. Surprisingly, there are still some hop notes to the flavor. Plenty of sugar and malt flavors, mostly caramel and toffee. Sherry-like oxidation and plenty of fruit character.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pour is dark amber to red with a slight, off-white head on top. The nose betrays sweet malty aromas and spice...dark fruits.

The flavour of this is exceptionally sweet malts combined with a dominating herbal spicy combination. Caramel. Some dark fruits (plums) with some light fruits (pears). The herbal qualities were quite unique.

The mouth was thick and oily, heavy coating. The drinkability was simply ok.

The bottom line: A unique commemorative brew from Founders. A bit pricy, but it's worth trying out.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first pour was a hazy red hued caramel color without a head and no lacing, but the last, warmer snifter, when poured aggressively yielded a full finger loose light tan head. A couple of seconds after the pour a thin film of bubbles manages to momentarily stir to the surface. It smells rich and syrupy; caramel malt and maple syrup. The mouth feel is very heavy and syrupy with negligible carbonation. Full flavored, the caramel and honey taste finishes with a salty aftertaste. Definitely a sipper. I really appreciate FFF producing something special to let us all celebrate this significant anniversary.

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Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark gold, almost brown color with a 1/4" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet malty scent that boasts of lots of pale malts and a touch of crystal malts. It's warm and inviting. The taste is good. It has a warm, malty flavor that goes down slow and easy and finishes bitter with some residual malt sweetness. The Belgian yeast is evident, but I'm not sure it's a good character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This isn't my favorite barleywine, but it's a good drinker. It's got some unique character that makes it a worthwhile choice.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of billab914
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Missed the anniversary party due to a wedding but picked up a couple bottles the following day for the cellar.
Pours copper to rusty amber, a vigorous pour reveals a very quick flash of light tan to cream colored foam that quickly dissipates. Fairly still for the most part and a little hazy. Aroma is quite strong on the spices. There is a mix of ginger, cinnamon and vanilla, definitely a big malty sweetness. Ginger snap and vanilla shortbread, also some berry and toasted coconut. Taste follows the aroma with the berry sweetness mingling with the various spices, some definite vanilla and some more hints of a sweet shortbread cookie or a graham cracker crust. Mouthfeel is fairly thick with the low levels of carbonation and a slightly cloying sweetness. The alcohol seems to be well balanced from this bottle serving. This beer to me bears a very strong resemblance to the last eccentric ale, the spiced flavors are nearly identical. The beer seems to be a bit all over the place at the moment but it does seem like a good long term cellaring candidate. Cheers to Founders on 10.

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Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

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Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of mcallister
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generously thrown in as an extra by Derek (hoppymeal). This beer was poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a very dark murky burgundy red. No head which doesn't come as a surprise. Still appealing given the style. The smell is that of caramel, vanilla, raspberries and alcohol. The taste is similar and has some bourbon characteristics on top of all else that is there. Incredibly smooth with a nice roasted texture in addition to a toasted pecan flavor. Really enjoyable, and a slow sipper but very drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Leaves one finger of a tan hued head that has good retention, and leaves good, spotty lacing. Body is a hazy garnet with tobacco highlights.

Smell - caramel, spices, lavender, coriander, spicy and medicinal alcohol, and a hint of pine resin.

Taste - caramel, maltbread, raisins, dates, spices, cola, spicy alcohol, and a hint of pine resin.

Mouthfeel - sticky-sweet syrupyness, alternating with semi-dryness, even full dryness at times.

Drinkability - Its high abv, along with its taste, renders this a sipper, and not a session beer. Nonetheless, this is a good ale, and it seems to me like it could be considered an "Imperial" Dirty Bastard with spices, sort of modeled on an imaginary "Imperial" Traquair Jacobite Ale. It is listed here as an American Barleywine, and wrongly so, IMO.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reading the lable, I beleive that it may have been characterized wrong on this site. The bottle suggests that Belgian yeast was used along with American yeast, which explains a strong phenolic and ester content, but with a super crisp, cracker-like malt character. Otherwise, the beer has big, bold flavors of toffee, molassas, barley and an overall heavy sweetness. A very toasty, bready base gives the beer a lot of thickness and body. An underlying berry-like and apple tartness gives the beer a thinning, drinkable quality. The 10.5 percent alcohol is hidden well in the viscocity and ultimate sweetness. Although not overly complex, it drinks easy and has a very desirable crispness in the end. Thanks Nathan15.

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Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brad for hooking me up with this awesome extra in our trade. Poured from a bomber into a snifter and shared with friends. The brew appears a clear amber to ruby brown color through the body. A yellowish creamy tan head appears across the top ad quickly dissolves. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass with more of an orange to yellow look of the brew through the edges.

The smell is burnt sugar with hints of toasty to toffee-like grain. Some caramel sweetness as well as dark fruity quality. Raisons come to mind as well as brown sugar. Overall this is a fine smelling barleywine with big focus on malt and a bit of alcohol.

The taste is sweet and toasty with a burnt toffee to caramel flavoring. Dark fruits are evident just like the aroma led on. A touch of herbal hops break things up as well as a hint of solvent alcohol. Brown sugary sweetness resides in the mouth long afte each sip. Overall this is a well balanced offering with well blended flavors.

This is a full bodied brew with a thick and viscous feel. It had a big warming factor about it but maintains an ease of drinkability. Very nice arrangement of flavors and quite complex in the dark residual sweetness department. Not bad, I wouldn't mind having this again sometime. Thanks again Brad.

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4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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