BAMF (78) - Albion, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours muddy clay brown with a medium off-white head. Aroma is of whisky bourbon, vanilla, and malt. Taste is distinctly bourbon and vanilla; malt and alcohol. Very good heavy beer with a very smooth perfect mouth feel which is only to expect from Founderís. For a scotch ale the whisky overpowers a bit, not a traditional scotch ale. Then again they already make the perfect traditional scotch ale at Founderís. Overall wonderful, glad to have purchased, good to see founders continuing to push the envelope.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
For a scotch ale this one is pretty different from any other that Iíve tasted. Has a super dark pour, not quite black, but brown. Has a nice thick head, bubbly and frothy. Has a big woody aroma to it, with slight hints of fruit to it. The taste is malty, but oaky as well. It seems really balanced and pretty easy to drink. Not too big.
Niko100 (2183) - Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brown color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted smoky sweet malt, strong vanilla, caramel, licorice, & spice; Flavor of smoky sweet malt, oak, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, some chocolate, and spice; Very nicely balanced & complex; Overall, excellent brew.
kopher (593) - New York, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
odd aroma, more scotch and smoke and wood than beer, also something else, sharp mustard maybe? somehow smells like itís gonna be sweet and sour and dry and spicy.
flavor is different, sweet--kinda like eating a bowl of scotch and cherries (but even more delicious).
slightly astringent, flat, and you taste the scotch cherries for like an hour.
AlephNull3 (114) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy brown hue. No head to speak of. Aroma slight hint of berries or grape, slightly sweet. Slight hints of berries and malts that blend in perfectly with the nice whiskey finish. My first scotch ale and I am very pleased.
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 100th. 2010 bottle thanks to A. Pours mahogany with thick, one-finger tan head that slowly fades. Nose of molasses, scotch, maple syrup, vanilla and caramel. Slightly hot up front (bourbon) but there is a full palate of rye, smoke, malt, bread, and oak in the middle. Long finish as the 10.2% might suggest. I am a fan. I wish I had another to cellar; I imagine this would age quite well.
queenholly (3370) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark ruby tinted brown with a small tan head. Malt, oak, and alcohol nose. Flavor follows suit with sweet malt, oak, alcohol, and vanilla. Itís a little too bourbon for my taste. I far prefer Founders Dirty Bastard to this one.
Nickls (1936) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dirty, murky mud puddle light brown with orange hints around, with a thinner slightly off-white head. Whisky, and lots of bourbon notes, some malt sweetness and booze in the aroma. Bourbon come through in the flavor, with some vanilla oakiness and cherry wood sweetness. Not getting the roasted qualities, but lots of bourbon booziness. Medium to fuller body, with very subtle carbonation. Lovely cold night sipping brew.
Guyute_Pig (102) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon, some rye, and alcohol. Flavor is caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, rye, spicy hops and a sweet alcoholic finish. Really good one.
GJF (1341) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is pretty amazing--lots of bourbon and vanilla. Flavor is generally sweet with a bourbony, boozy finish. Lots of vanilla to it, an alcohol warming. Iím kind of torn on it--itís got some amazing elements to it, but it doesnít quite come together for me--the bourbon kind of overpowers. The rating here reflects those elements, although as a whole beer Iím not sure it lives up to the parts or to the cost.