nwiseman (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cider brown with very little head. Aroma of sweet caramel, wood, and bourbon. Focus on the bourbon, but cloves, apple, molasses, and hint of cherry is also apparent. Crisp feel, with a medium body. Wish a I had a dirty bastard tonight to compare with this, but it is quite delicious.
dfox670 (75) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2010 On tap served in a snifter. Pour was a caramelized ruby with one finger of light Carmel head nose was bourbon and dates. Taste was was much like the nose but with a slight hint of wood and peat. The bourbon was bit extreme for my tastes but nun the less another great offering from founders.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to zdk for sharing.
Clear dark brown with some off white head. Aromas of vanilla, molasses, malts, and alcohol. Full bodied with a bit of heat from the alcohol. A bit of an oaky, earthy note comes out more on the palate.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This 12 oz bottle poured red, cloudy, and almost still into a snifter. Powerful aromas of bourbon, vanilla, and maple syrup intermingled with a flavor that gave off the slightest hint of cotton candy. Itís hard to imagine disliking this, but equally difficult to imagine quaffing more than one. This is a delightful aperitif or nightcap, though, and yet another treat from Founders.
cbfobes (2733) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a very dark amber/brown with a tan head, aroma is of sweet malt with wood and a hint of booze, the flavor is very sweet on the front end with an intense burnt wood flavor with booze on the finish that warms the insides.
gormanb (173) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma- vanilla, oak, whiskey, dark fruit, chocolate. pours deep red/brown. taste is chocolate, cream, whiskey, oak, coconut, caramel. palate is creamy, full bodied, some carbonation.
Rando7 (776) - Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2011 Bottle pours dark brown with thin off-white head. Malty aroma. Sweet taste with bourbon, malts, scotch, caramel, vanilla, oak. Palate thick bordering on syrupy. Finish brief with a little hops. Alcohol apparent.
Nice, almost has a barley wine feel to it.
hamilton23 (618) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle from Tytoanderson. Thanks Bro! Pours a very dark brown with minimal head...lots of lacing. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, and smoked peat. Taste is loads of vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar. Smooth and very drinkable at 10.2% This is an amazing example of the Scotch Ale style. Awesome stuff. It is right up there with Alesmith Wee Heavy and Meantime Scotch Ale.
QuezXLV (411) - Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Burgandy color but no head. Definite aroma of the oak barrels; sweet but heavier like a red wine. Slight bitter (but enjoyable) taste with hints of coconut. Feels heavy on the palate with an almost perfect amount of carbonation. This is an outstanding and unique beer. I sometimes hesitate when giving ratings this high, but I cannot justify going any lower. Great selection!
dionysus (1473) - Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours hazy burnt copper with a tan head. Aroma is boozy with notes of bourbon, caramel, and a touch of peat smoke. Flavor shows the same with the oak making itís appearance as well as brown sugar, vanilla, and bourbon soaked cherries. Overall body is moderate, with an underlying sweetness and nice warming alc on the finish. MMMM.