NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2009
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep ruby amber. Smells of a blended bourbon and sugar. Big thick smooth mouthfeel with scotch,vanilla, caramel and finishing with some black cherrys. Smell and taste are night and day. What a treat. Well balanced and delicious. Will be picking up more for some snowy nights. Founders does it again.
AlphaBear (10) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The oak bourbon barrels dominated this beer. It looks delicious, but the taste disappoints. I plan to try this beer again after it has aged awhile in the bottle. It was bottled on 11/05/2009 and I drank it on the 13th. Overall I was not impressed!
GrungyBob (62) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown looks thick almost no head what head was there was creamy smooth. Aroma smells of vanilla brown sugar other flavors bourbon initial taste is malty sweet and smooth - too smooth. Bourbon finish overpowers any flavor the beer might have had. I expected a little more beer bite. overall good but doesnít knock me out at $15. a 4 pack. I thinks it tasted better upon initial pour after sitting a while is loose quite a bit of flavor
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2009 deep reddish brown, beautiful color. Aroma of vanilla, brown sugar,caramel, toffee, soft bourbon. Flavor is malty sweet, complex mixture of aroma qualities, flavorful, but soft. mouthfeel is smooth bordering on too soft. Definite bourbon in the finish, a sipping beer, just a little too smooth, give me just a little more spice. The flavor is really unique, enjoyable, but it struggles to really excite my tastebuds. With this beer, alcohol %, and oak bourbon barrel aging, it should be making my tastebuds dance. Overall - decent, but highly overpriced for the result.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark reddish brown, wood, malty, Bourbon, alcohol, caramel, little dark fruit, little bitter finish.
Guerde (1165) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) Pours dark ruby with a thin light off-white head. Without the head, this would look very much like a bourbon as well. The aroma is strong of oak, bourbon, smoke, vanilla, cherries, glazed ham, and caramel. Really nice mix of aromas, and they constantly shift upon smelling. The taste follows suit with the aroma, showcasing a lot of bourbon, charred wood, vanilla, cherry, caramel, and smoke. Right before the finish thereís a deceptive sensation, as it feels as if Iím about to swallow a sip of bourbon. I think this might be the alcohol burning through, but with this kind of beer it doesnít detract from the experience. Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is smooth finishing with some smoke and oak which is very dry. Really good stuff. (upon the hour or so Iíve been drinking this, as it warms the beer begins to exhibit a dish soap finish which is really offensive, and I have to lower the score accordingly)
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle into Snifter.
Cloudy dark reddish-brown with minimal head and spotty lacing. However, the thin head actually lasts; not often the case with high abv beers.
Aroma is a strong blast of oak, cherry, vanilla, peat and alcohol.
The taste is very similar to the smell but sweeter, with strong notes of vanilla, oak, cherry, peat, as well as toffee and dark fruit.
Low carbonation and quite warming. While certainly not light in body, it is lighter than expected.
Fits the mold of a barrel-aged beer more than a Wee Heavy. Either way, it is extremely good and a very easy sipper, belaying the fact that it is over 10% abv.
Note to self: Stop buying singles of Foundersí beers; every single time I regret it and wish I had bought the 4-pack.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz, 2008. Cloudy dark amber/orange pour. Minimal cream head, disappears quickly, but sticks nicely. Heavy aroma of charred oak. Some malt and caramel/toffee and booze. Taste is excellent and smooth and really comes out as it warms. Oak and bourbon, vanilla, toffee, some charred peat, a little vanilla and just hints of vinuous fruits. A warming sipper, good medium body. Finishes a little ashy bitter, with some warming whishy barrel. Pretty darn good wee heavy.
foundersfan (30) - Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Dangerously tasty with solid hints of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Great twist on a Scottish Ale. I LOVE this stuff!
glennmastrange (2241) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate notes of roasted, caramel and herbs for the malt and hops with background notes of brown sugar, bourbon, oak wood and date. Head is small, wispy, white with no lacing but good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear copper. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately acidic and bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily with a lively carbonation and a dry finish. This Scotch Ale is noticably more tempered than itís cousin despite the alcohol. Itís smoother and better balanced as well. Thanks Hopscotch.