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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)

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Added by BeerBeing on 06-25-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Crosling
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of pwoods
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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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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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from my cellar. Thin head. Amber in color. Smells sweet with a hint of booze. Taste is also fairly sweet with a bit of fruit in there; reminds me more of an English barleywine than an American. Mouthfeel is smooth for the ABV of 13%. ABV is detectable but this is a very drinkable big beer. Recommended. Thanks to fartingdog for this brew in a trade a while ago. I just dealt with 90 minutes of whiny crying children & this hits the spot.


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Photo of mikesgroove
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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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 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 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 DIM
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This beer is a hazy brown with amber hilights. Pours with a minimal tan head.

s: I found some perfumed hop, sweet malty vanilla, plum esters, and some odd spices I could not identify. (coriander, cinnamon?)

t: Quite a lot going on here, this one is difficult to describe. I tasted some sour prunes, vanilla, a delicate floral hop, and again those spices I could not identify. This tastes a bit like barleywine/quad hybrid. Give Founders a lot of credit for trying something new.

m: Very good body on this one, plenty of foamy carbonation even if there was no head.

d: Big thanks to hoppymeal for the chance to try this one. I might want to track down another bottle for aging. A truly unique offering from Founders that is well worth seeking out.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Thin tan head on a kind of clear deep ruby color.
S- Big sweet malts, toffee, alcohol, dark fruits, cherries, bread, and brown sugar.
T- Really sweet caramel and toffee body, alcohol, dark fruits, bread, big esters. Just a really sweet and caramel beer. Hint of spices and medium bitterness on tongue from some grass hops. Alcohol warms back of throat with a gentle warmth. It seems complex but isn't to once you figure everything out. I think it would be better after 2-5 years.
M- Full chewy body with low carbonation.
D- Like I said it would probably be better in 2-5 years but is still good now. I would almost expect more from Founders for their 10th. Still good beer though.

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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 grub
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 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 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 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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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 oberon
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep rich burgundy with some residual tawny hue a thinner off white head atop,whoo this is brash on the nose deeply malty and fruity with some vanilla rum notes,cherry,caramel,a bit of nutmeg as well the hops are very muted aroma wise at least.This is a sipper for sure,big sweet malty flavors dominate from the onset caramel and vanilla-like sweetness with deep dark fruity esters a mild nutty aspect underneath,the alcohol will kick ya as well but I like the pain finally a noticeable pine hop note shows thru late and emerges more as I drink more.Big chewey meal in a glass it cuts thru the bit of chill in the air here in WNY tonight,another killer brew from Founders they should be proud,cellar this if you can hold it.

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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 hammer09
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a viscous, burgundy-brown that diffuses what little light is able to pass through. Visible signs of carbonation are essentially non-existent. With very little head development and its syrupy profile, I know that this is going to be a substantially heavy beer. Although not identified as such on the bottle, this is definitely reminiscent of a barley-wine.

Smell is sweet and malty with notes of raisins and/or grapes. There is also a bit of an estery pinch to the nose upon further agitation. Hop character is muted with most of the aromas dominated by aged fruit. Smells delicious and potent.

Taste is definitely alcoholic, but not harsh as I expected based on olfactory observations. Flavor is sweet, but complex; earthy and fruity. Dominant flavors are raisin, apple, and some vanilla. Good, but strong. At this point, there is not doubt that this is a barley wine.

Mouthfeel is warming due to the presence of alcohol, but not harsh. Slick and sticky character with minimal carbonation. A bit crisp on the tip of the tongue, but otherwise fairly smooth.

This is a very enjoyable brew and meant to be savored. Worth the price per bottle, however? For a 10th Anniversary limited release, I would say yes. If I could still find this, I'd be interested in cellaring this for a year or two to see how it ages.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has as dense brown body with a slight reddish glow at the base of the glass. The head is made up of big bubbles of light tan with a slight yellowish hint. With each sip the head slides down the glass leaving a trail. The carbonation is good and made up of lots of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of sweet caramel malt and a soft hint of chocolate malt has a light pine note. As it warms there is a slight perfume hint to that caramel and a note of dark roasted malt in the background.

T- The taste of caramel and dark roasted bitterness give way to a light cream and white sugar note with accents of dates coming through as it warms. There is a light bourbon and cola note in the finish and a soft clove note aswell. The finish is pretty smooth and not really sweet.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel and a light slippery texture which is finished with nice alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a good balance of sweet malt flavors and nice alcohol heat. The malt had some nice complexity and the yeast flavors enhanced that. I didn’t notice any hops in the taste but I didn’t miss them at all.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown and cloudy with a tan head. Not a whole lot of retention, but I wasn't really expecting it from a brew like this.

S: Honey, caramel, cream, and spice. Not an incredibly volitile aroma, but what is there is pleasing.

T: Beautiful layers of flavor. Malty sweet with a low hop profile. Dried fruits are very present. Very tasty.

M: Medium to full body with a solvent-like slickness. Low carbonation.

D: A great brew in celebration of 10 years of quality beers.

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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 drseamus
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this on my whirlwind tour of Great Lakes breweries at the Founders Brewpub. It was served in a goblet which showed off it's beautiful red body nicely. There was a bit of head around the edges, but not much to speak of really. The aroma was very spicy with a pronounced sweet maltiness behind the spice. I got an almost rye character but it might have been the hops. The flavor is pretty heavily malty but with a bunch of spice in it. The bittering from the hops compensates nicely and there is almost a belgian character to it. The flavor is pretty smooth for 13% ABV and medium bodied. Pretty good drinkability considering the strength.

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Photo of mdm46410
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a shaker. This beer poured a slightly cloudy, dark mahogany color with a thin, yellowish/tan head that quickly disappeared, leaving a few large bubbles floating around. No lacing was left behind, but the beer was very oily and coated the sides of the glass. The aroma was made up of candy sugar, dark fruit, alcohol, sweet caramel malt, and a touch of maple syrup. The flavor was similar to a barley wine. It included notes of apple, maple syrup, very sweet malts, and candy sugar. The alcohol was apparent, but not overwhelming. The mouthfeel was definately full-bodied and very thick. It had an almost syrupy consistency that coated the tounge and mouth. Very minimal carbonation. An interesting beer, and one worthy of representing Founders 10th anniversary.

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Photo of enfield249
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber in color, no head after pour. I notices that in full sun that this beer is almost ruby in color.

S - Lots of dark fruit, plum. A slight red wine smell, but not the tannin or vinous smells.

T - Plum, very sweet. First thing I noticed was the extreme sweetness. Not a candy sweet, but malty. Some alcohol warming on the back end, but not as much as I would have expected.

M - Full, thick, full. Not much carbonation, which is fine. Little bit of burning from the alcohol.

D - This beer is full of flavor and feeling. I wouldn't want it all the time, but it's worth buying for a special occasion. Thumbs up Founders.

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