WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Founders,served in a snifter. A ruby/purple color with a thin white cap that fades quickly and leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is vanilla, oak,alcohol(Burbon)and maybe even some dry barly grain. Flavor is very earthy peaty,lots of burbon notes oak,vanilla,alcohol,rye bread,brown sugar,very complex.Full mouthfeel,medium carbonation,dry boozy finish. Very good brew if you like burbon but not something that I would drink more than one of at a sitting.
CelticBrew (747) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a slightly vigorous head to cover the beer for a half second, what is there is a amber tinged tan color. The beer is a dark plum / dark amber color that shows a lightly hazy, cranberry red hue when held up to the light. At the first, the aroma is a nice mix between rich malt notes and oak aromatics. However the flavour is slightly more complex than the aroma, with a dry astringency in addition to the sweet vanilla Bourbon. Sweet butterscotch, oak, and bakers chocolate as well. Slightly thin feel, with some harsh boozy fire midway through. This is not a bad brew, but the bourbon character is a bit much, especially as the beer warms up a bit. An ok beer, and really not my style, but drinkable enough though.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Mar. Pours a reddish brown, murky, with beige head. Aroma of citrus, floral, tangy, some wild yeast. Flavor is sweet, fruit, hops, some bitter. Mouthfeel is medium body with med-high carbonation. Overall, great stuff!
ilovedarkbeer (2181) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Mar. New bottle art that is much better. Pours a Burnt caramel color with only a light tan ring for a head. No lacing. Notes of cherry, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, and new hardwood floors. Medium sweet body and medium to long finish.
blklab2007 (1857) - 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!