by Founders Brewing Company
12.40 % ABV What you have here is a rarity. A special, one-of-a-kind ale that is only made once a year. Sometimes that\'s all. Forever. No more. Nada. Limited-time only. You never know what you\'re gonna get. But you can be sure it\'ll be damn tasty.
Big, no huge thanks to my KY friend for getting this one into my fridge. I had been dying to try it and he was kind enough to make sure I got a bottle quickly to satisfy my appetite for this monster. Served at a near perfect fifty five degrees and poured into a snifter this one was consumed on 02/21/2010.
The pour was interesting. Dark amber with loads of honey colored hints shine through the glass. Small head on top, maybe a finger deep at its zenith and settles down quickly to reveal just a slight bit of lacing that is struggling to cling to the sides. The overall color though should be noted as stunning. You really need to let this one open up to really appreciate it for what it is. Stunning use of aroma and flavor here. Rich oak notes, hints of butterscotch, toffee, vanilla, boozy bourbon notes, a light tickle of spice. Rediculously complex and yet simple. Sipping brings on touches of grapes, light fruit notes, hints of breads and light grains, really just a tremendous amount of depth and complexity. Final, fading sips are of vanilla and bourbon mixed with a rich oak note that seem to just sit oh so perfectly as they fade out.
Overall I am not really sure what to call this one but it is certainly one of the most different and unique offerings I have ever come across. Kudos to founders as usual.
Price: $4.99 Served In: Goblet
An unmoving static murk of dark amder rust topped ever so lightly by a off-white creamy foam and patches of bigger bubblyness. Good amounts of glaring, oily glued lace of droopy strings and sporatic spots coat the goblet well.
A whiffer of warming complexity as heavy sweet maple, deep earthy oak, Dominican maduro cigar filler, bourbon, vanilla pods, apricot jam, and apple and pear preserves all mingle to make one spectacular nose filling waft of warmth. Definately showing its 12% with just enough care as to not to overwhelm.
Taste is immaculately structured into a deep sweetened brigade of deep dark juicy tropical fruits, cararmelized breadyness, with a fairly huge rich bourbony character that carries across a forest of maple trees dripping their fresh sap to make for warming pile of apple and apricot jam slathered hotcakes. Delish!
Thickly rich, tangy, heavy, sweetly deep, malty, mapley, warm and super smOOth. Very decadent, lush, creamy, melty, gooey, and warm, warm, warm yummy. Crafted complexity abounds as it sits and cinders in your glass, palate, and memory.
Leave it to Founders to create something this phenomenal! A must try. Absolutely yum!
Price: $6.99 Served In: Goblet
Chatting With Anubis by Harlan Ellison:
Anubis looked through me.
Do you know why I guard this tomb?
I said I did not know, bu tthat perhaps it was to protect the wisdom of the Oracle, to keep hidden the great secret of the Shrine of Ammon that had been given to Alexander.
And Anubis laughed the more. Vicious laughter that made me wish I had never grown skin or taken air into my lungs.
This is not the Shrine of Ammon, he said. Later they may have said it was, but this is what it has always been, the tomb of the Most Accursed One. The Defiler. THE NEMESIS.
This beauty is deep golden with some reddish tints. Nice thin head of bubbles on top, and many columnar streams of bubbles riding up the insides of the glass.
My sniffer is suffering the effects of spring, but I'll do the best I can. It has a very strong barleywine, or HotD Adam scent to it. The bourbon aging is present, and so is the alcohol burn.
However, the taste is nothing like that at all. Immediately sweet and syrupy, but too much so. At the back of the mouth you can taste the alcohol, and then a smooth bitterness sweeps over. It is amazingly smooth for the ABV. Lots of bourbon flavors present, and these give way to many other flavors as the beer flows. I have no idea how they got the maple bourbon barrel flavor to balance out without being overpowering (like Black Biscuit was), but whatever they did worked out perfectly.
This is a sipper of the first order, and nothing about it feels like it should be rushed. Sit back, pour into a snifter, and enjoy the subtleties as it warms and changes.
Thanks to OC for hooking me up. I owe you, Mike.
Served In: Pint Glass
Pours an amber color with hints of red. Slightly hazy with no head to speak of.
When I took a sniff of this beer while in the bottle, there was a pretty decent maple aroma, however upon pouring into my chalice, the aroma was predominately bourbon, oak and vanilla.
The flavor is overwhelmingly bourbon-like. Additionally there are some traditional barleywine-ish flavors consisting of s strong malt presence as well as some oakiness and residual maple flavors. The finish is quite bitter, Founder's really must have upped the hop content to contend with the overall bourbony, sweet character of this beer, leading to a fairly well balanced brew, which is quite strong overall, although should improve and mellow out with some age.
Wow, this beer is a real experience. More bourbon forward than probably any beer I've had, aside from Backwoods Bastard. As is, this beer is incredibly complex and intensely flavored. I can only imagine it's potential with a year or two on it.
Served In: Bottle
When I heard this was coming out, I had to have it. I have a serious thing for wheatwines, and a bourbon barrel aged, maple wheatwine? Have to have it and I feared ther would be no chance. Then kpruim01 strapped on his plate mail, got on his trusty steed and made this beer happen for me. In debted, my friend.
A: This pours out a syrupy liquid. The colors are brown, red and orange. It varies depending on how much light is hitting it. The body is slightly hazy with minimal carbonation movement flowing. The body is lighter than I expected, you can see throw and light gets through the hazy body. The pour doesn't seem like there will be a head at all to form, but it slowly builds a very thin, white, bubbled ring. Very small and minimal.
S: Smell is great. Just a huge amount of bourbon and wood. Has that deep bourbon and vanilla aroma. The maple is very nice and heavily present as well. Getting a little bit of caramel on the back end. It doesn't sound like much but its great. The bourbon aroma is just spot on and I think the nose would fool bourbon drinkers. Fantastic.
T: Boozy goodness but not out of control. All the bourbon flavor but without crazy bourbon alcohol. Don't get me wrong, this has an alcohol flavor but its not out of hand. Rich vanilla flavors coming out from the oak. Caramel makes an appearance along with a really nice, but light breadiness. The maple syrup rounds it out with some rich, sweetness. Its sweet but not too sweet, and boozy but not too boozy.
M: Full bodied with a light carbonation. Just a nice and heavy brew. Coats and sits on the palate wonderfully. This beer wants you to know what it has to offer. ABV is present with a really nice warmth in the throat and belly. Just warms you right up. Aftertaste is all bourbon goodness that just hangs on so wonderfully long.
D: Uh . . . this beer is amazing. I was really expecting this beer to be too much. I was afraid the bourbon and booze would be too out of hand. I was afraid the sweetness would be too much. But . . . its not. This beer is incredibly crafted and works on every level for me. I just hope I can get more to see how this ages. With that said, its great fresh. Founders killed it with this beer. I wouldn't want to knock back several of these in a sitting because one is enough. But that bottle is so drinkable and easily enjoyed. It just amazing.
Served In: Bottle
Really excited to try this maple bourbon barrel aged wheat wine. Bottled 2/3/10. Pours into my glass a brilliant red orange with some hazy particulate like a fall sunset. Small white bubbles on top. Aromas feature complex layers of crisp sweet wheat, caramel and an amazing mix of bourbon, vanilla, wood and rich maple syrup. A touch of honey as well.
First sip brings crisp, dense sweet malts drenched in a wash of caramel and bourbon. Big vanilla flavors and a great kick of maple syrup. Honey and wood tones along with a kick of alcohol heat on the way down. Finishes with maple and lingering bourbon. Simply wonderful.
Mouthfeel is hefty and malty with a good mellow carbonation. A tad sweet with big viscosity. This one is a sipper and every sip is a smile. Bold, complex and flavorful, the maple really makes it. Glad I was able to try this one and look forward to more in the Nemesis series!!
Price: $5.99 Served In: Snifter
How do I begin? Pours a nice golden butterscotch like color with a nice white head with tiny bubbles. The head is surprising for a beer that's been barrel aged like this one. Very tasty appearance.
The smell is in your face bourbon, maple syrup, vanilla, and booze.
Taste is very boozy but very enjoyable. Same aspects as the nose with a little bit of oak tossed in. You can almost get a little taste of some wheatwine sweetness but the maple bourbon barrels take this beer over.
Mouth is medium with a considerable amount of heat in the throat. I actually enjoy the heat very much in this beer where in others I might be a little turned off.
Overall this is one of my favorite Founders beers ever and being that they are my favorite brewery that speaks for itself. Delicious in your face boozy nectar that everyone should search out if they can get their hands on it.
Served In: Bottle
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