Boyl'r Mayk'r | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A delicious corn-based beer that, thanks to its low original ABV and unassuming flavor profile, acted as a ‘yum-sponge’ grabbing everything available from barrel aging. Oak-y, bourbon-y and corn-y, this lil’ sucker retains its original crushability while adding the complex flavors of barrel aging. Aged 160 days in 18 year bourbon barrels.

Added by liamt07 on 11-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
155
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
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6
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Photo of mdfb79
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Smakawhat
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

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

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

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

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

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MSU_hophead
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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Boyl'r Mayk'r from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 155 ratings