blklab2007 (1856) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle poured a muddy brown color and has a quickly diminishing off white head. aroma has sweet bourbon, vanilla, custard, dark malt, and some chocolate. mouth feel is medium but coats well.,flavor has a healthy sweetness, nice bourbon, light barrel wood, vanilla, and some dark malt. very desert like but not overly sweet. barrel wood level is just right without any biting roast to cover up the juicy bourbon.
Nate (3522) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle courtesy of dpjuart. Awesome oaky aroma with bourbon and vanilla. Caramel, licorice. Smooth and light hops - phenomenal aroma. Ruby coppery amber clear, dark, with foamy off-white lacing head. Medium heavy body with medium carbonation. Huge bourbon flavor, woody with light smoke. Mild bitter hop character. Like a weak bourbon drink - just terrific.
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 2, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cakey, bread pudding, vanilla, light bourbon, and a carraway seed yeastiness, holy moses! This reminds me of what a a great quad should taste like without the carbonation of course. Aroma and Flavor are everything above but lighter in the aroma and heavier on the flavor. Mouthfeel is excuisite!! Milky and substantial. This could be dessert or this could be the meal. Not for hop lovers at all, definitely for the malty balls set. The head on this beer has more flavor and aroma than most other beers overall. Right up there with the Curmudgeon. 2008 12 oz. Thank You Founders. God Bless Michigan.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle purchased from Chuckís Liquor in Bowling Green. Poured a dark brown color with red highlights and a two finger creamy tan head. The aroma was vanilla, oak and bourbon. The flavor was overwhelming. Think Jack Daniels Lite. This was heavy with bourbon and vanilla in the flavor. I couldnít actually taste the scotch ale part of the beer. Now, I like bourbon bombs, so this wasnít all together a disappointment, but it wasnít a well conceived beer.
ReggieDunlap (2894) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
deep murky brown color with a creamy light tan head. aroma is sweet with notes of vanilla, fig, mild oak, and bourbon. flavor reminds me of a sweet stout up front (kinda like bells double cream) and follows up very smoothly with dark fruits and roasty vanilla bourbon. mouthfeel is outstanding...creamy and just enough warming at the finish to cut the sweetness. great beer!
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
So, Iíve had several of Founders offerings, and Iím definitely proud to call them a favorite home state brewer, but I think they really out did themselves on this one. It literally smells like a vintage chardonnay, and tastes like a good aged bourbon, but with perfectly balanced sweetness and carbonation. I would say this beer is near perfection, and I say bravo to the genius behind this fantastic brew. Cheers!
GranvilleTim (1415) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely bourbon aroma hits you as you go for a drink. Dark body with little head. Vey tasty.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 31, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I think Founders should stay away from the Scotch Ale category.....they just canít seem to get it right. I didnít like anything about this beer.....blah.
JoeMcPhee (8147) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep garnet-tinted brown beer. Thin to non-existent head. Aroma is really nice and lovely. Sweet rich toffee and butterscotch over a rich deep malt character. A light sweet peaty note that just kisses the deeper caramel and heavily toasted malts. Very rich and malty smokiness with an intense nuttiness. Loads of what seems like kettle caramelization. Rich and sweet flavour but there is also loads of peppery ethanolic heat on the back of the palate. Itís plenty tasty in small doses, but even 10 oz seems like a little bit too much for one serving. Intensely sweet. Light vanilla and peat through the middle and warming up seems to smooth it out a little bit. Itís quite nice.
mar (4579) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle says 10.2% and is a completely different label from what is shown. deep ruby color thatís almost black with no head at all. vanilla, malts, peat and bourbon. thick on the palate with a big peaty flavor with a touch of bourbon and vanilla in the finish to fix you just right.