wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2010 09, courtesy of badnewsbeers, thanks! tried next to dirty bastard and this one takes the the cake. the bourbon adds a faint candy like caramel and cotton candy flavor to the aroma and taste. iíve had this one several times, but waqs waiting to try it next to the regular to rate it. this is a well rounded maltinator, and the baíing adds very nicely. founders proves to know what they are doing, yet again.
re-rate, one of my favorites. not a five, but just so damned reliable and so fuggin tasty.
brigg (532) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle) Mahogany body with thin, vanishing off-white head. Very aromatic: caramel, alcohol, wood, bourbon. Body is medium to full, oily, and soft carbonation - very nice. Flavor is strong with alcohol, but it remains smooth and very drinkable (minimal burn). Flavor is pretty sweet; vanilla, caramel, wood, bourbon.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A- Body appears to be a dark brown color. Pours with a minimal <1/2 finger head that immediately fades to a very thin collar and no lacing is left behind in the glass. When held up to the light one can see that this is actually.
S- Sweet bourbon with an alcohol burn on the nostrils balances well with the dark malt profile offered by this Scottish ale. Sweet, like molasses and a chocolate presence added with bourbon sweetness and burn. Nice..
T-Upfront is a bit of roasted (but not quite bitter) malt that offsets the sweet caramel and bourbon flavors going on. The finish adds a touch of dark chocolate to what is already going on along with a bourbon alcohol burn. The bitterness is very well hidden the entire way through and the character of this beer is complex, slightly sweet, and very warm.
P- Low to medium carbonation and a body made up mostly of somewhat thick, very smooth, caramel and dark malt. Goes down very easily.
O- The more I acquaint myself to them the more I am loving Scotch Ales. This is a darn good one. The bourbon is a perfect compliment to this beer and I think its great. The alcohol is definitely not hidden...but it is not obnoxious either. Wonderful and definitely my favorite Founderís brew! IMO, it easily Trumps Breakfast Stout and KBS. Wasnít expecting this to be so good!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-15-2009 03:47:16
thirdeye11 (5730) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle via trade with BA gratefulbeerhead) clear copper with no real head. Nose of caramel, toasty grains, and light alcohol. Taste of metal, berries, caramel and lightly toasted grain.
Holtguy (131) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I poured this and was distracted from noticing color and head by the aroma, which was bourbon and oak. Flavor is Scotch ale lifted up with vanilla and oak, and pretty strong bourbon notes. Alcohol is definitely there. Top notch. One of my all-time favorites.
Siddhartha (9) - USA - APR 18, 2010 does not count
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Caponeís. Dark mahogany. Really nice brown sugar, caramel and vanilla aromas. Caramel and bourbon flavors. Medium-to-full body with a syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet with a somewhat abrupt finish. Iíll definitely be trying this one in the bottle.
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - APR 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is the second time Iíve had this but first time rating, I think this one is a little bit older than the previous one I had but that is a good thing in this case. Tons of vanilla and oak in the aroma with hints of bourbon and maple. It smells like one of those amazing breakfasts with tons of waffles and pure maple syrup... The taste holds all those aromas in well and almost mimics what you smell. This ale is enjoyable and not overpowering in any way, I would say this is one you want to return to over and over again!
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red brown colored beer with a slight tan head. Didnít get a ton out of the aroma, mostly sweet malt, vanilla, and some booze. Flavour was full of malts, some bourbon flavours. Pretty sweet malts but not sugary or syurpy. Very enjoyable and a nice lively body.
mataichi (63) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from CBX. Pours a dark reddish brown color with almost no head at all. Distinct bourbon smell, but not overly powerful. Of course the initial taste is bourbon. The thing I like about this beer though is that its not a giant slap in the face with the bourbon. Even though its very distinct, it doesnít make you feel like your drinking straight bourbon. Its a smooth, mild flavor. I could drink a few of these without getting sick of them. Good beer.
mikenodak (150) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - MAR 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown frothy head, sweet, but not too much, whiskey, nice finish, likable, will buy again, would recommend - a nice heady brew.