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RATINGS: 1409   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Big and delicious for your íperty mouth. Expect lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts. A bit of earthy spice and a scintilla of dark cherries. Itís a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcmd (310) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 25, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours dark amber brown with a red hue, small off-white head which settles quickly. Aroma is vanilla, oak, bourbon, sweet bready malt, caramel,even has a smoky quality to it. Taste is sweet malt, heavy wood/oak, lots of bourbon. Enjoyed this until the intensely bitter pill-like aftertaste set in - I had this on tap recently and loved it, but this aftertaste from the bottle is hard to bear. Would rate much higher if I rated from tap version.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Bottle pours dark red to copper brown with a short lived small head and spot lace. The aroma is scotch, peat, wood, and caramel. The flavor is a bit hot, very scotchy, somewhat oak like, and some peat. The palate is pretty substantial. Overall, this is best at room temperature and approached like a single malt. Pretty good for a strong sipper.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Pours a nice amber color with very little head. Has a smell of bourbon, and butterscotch. The taste is mainly bourbon. To much bourbon if you ask me. There is a little butterscotch in the taste as well

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Excellent American interpretation of a Scottish ale. Deep, smoky malt character in a dark, dark brown ale; aromas of malt, wood, bourbon, caramel; rich, earthy flavors, you could spend a night exploring them. Sweet, but not overpowering; well-balanced, complex and delicious. Had it on draft and in the bottle; draft is especially good; it has a delightfully round flavor that is somewhat clipped in the bottled version. But I snap up both in a heartbeat when I find them.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Hoooolllyyy hell. I didnít know anything about this before I picked it up and I as so floored by it when I finally tried it. Gorgeous dark amber pour with almost off-white head. The flavor and aroma are about the same -- you get some serious bourbon, which makes me curious as to how long they were aged in the bourbon barrels because itís so very close to actual bourbon. You get the nice warming affects of the 10.2% (another thing I didnít realize until I started drinking it). This is a beaut, another great find in Founderís.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gmku (294) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Like an incredibly smooth single-malt whiskey candy. Unbelievably yummy. The 10-plus ABV is barely hidden but thatís not a bad thing. Makes a fantastic sipper on a cold night.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 12 oz bottle from the Four Firkins. Dark caramel color, very little head. Aroma is straight Kentucky bourbon... smells like Iím drinking a glass of Knob Creek. Flavor is more mellow than I expected, yet still pretty complex. I definitely can taste the sweet caramel and the cherries. The oaky bourbon flavor comes through also. Finish is smooth and sweet. I love this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Pours ruby colored with a thin tan head. Notes of whiskey, oak, toffee, vanilla, spice, wood. Full to heavy bodied with soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Pours deep maple syrup/mahogany w/ thin but creamy head that dissipates to thin winter night cirrus clouds, great bourbon-y vanilla malt notes in aroma, juicy, fruity flavor laced with smoke, cherry, oak & toffee, all coated with a great malty alcohol petina that results in a very drinkable and dangerously smooth potent ale

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2009
Thick, creamy, and strong, with bourbony heat on the finish. The 12 oz bottle pours a dark amber without much foam. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Heavy malt flavors, apples, dark fruits, cherries; but wrapped in thick Scotch whiskey on the tip and sides of the tongue. A really dry finish.


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