SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured with a lovely 2 finger head that just swarmed with malt, caramel, and bourbon aromaís. I took a full minute to smell the beer because it was just that good. The sweet caramel smells and roasty character followed through to the taste. Some cherry tastes in there which were a nice touch. Great scotch ale. Much enjoyed after Thanksgiving dinner
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a small off white head. Tiny bubbles meander slowly to the surface. sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass. Nose is vanilla, bourbon, sweet caramel malt. Palate is full with a light warming and some stingy carbonation. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, sweet malt, but finishes dry and tingly with a warm mouth.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is certainly an american interpretation of a scotch ale. Scent has a lot of sweet caramel mixed in with that bourbon barrell sweetness. Taste is quite sweet with a lot of roasted malt, caramel and most definitely cherries. On the aftertaste the caramel comes through especially strong. There is also a some bourbon barrel taste but not quite as prevalent as the other flavors already mentioned. This is certainly a beer with some attitude that hides the high alcohol and brings forth many interesting flavors.
beernbourbon (1297) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2013 Bottle. Pour is dirty dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is brown sugar, caramel malt, bourbon, and very light cherry. Flavor is rich toffee malt, a bit of a bourbon sting, vanilla, light wood, distinct smokiness, and a touch of cherry in the finish. Mild darjeerling tea in the finish too. A sipper for sure. Huge but not cloying. Update 11/9/13. Had the 2012 on tap at Rumpus Room in Milwaukee. Wow did a year do this some good! So rich and smooth with loads of maple, toffee, and vanilla. Really luscious and rich. Fresh - 3.7. With one year on it - 4.4
gpekar (463) - Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy and very dark copper like a strong iced tea color with a thin tan head. The head disappeared rather quickly to just a film, but did leave a light lacing. The aroma was all about bourbon with a good scent of alcohol and a bit of vanilla. The texture of the beer was silky with the taste of bourbon and a good warmth of alcohol as well. There was a nice amount of a molasses like sweetness underneath before the bourbon flavor came on for a smooth finish. This was just like sipping a smooth bourbon. Excellent!!!!!!!
mcmd (314) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.