MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Hazy mahogany with a small head. Aroma was strong bourbon, oak and vanilla with toffee and brown sugar. Taste was very sweet; just a hint of dried cherries. A bit of warmth. If you like big bourbon beers, itís made for you.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, thanks eclectic! Dark copper, creamy white head. Rich smoked vanilla nose sits on undercurrents of bourbon, oak, and toffee. Boozy caramel and vanilla balance on hints of cherry and wood. Full bodied, soft carbonation, warming, lightly sweet finish. Founderís rarely does wrongÖ.
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from BrianK. Iíve been looking forward to this for a while now. Love Founders, love Scotch Ales. Canít complain about the correlation of the two. Pours dark molasses brown with a thin islandy tan head. The nose is malty and sweet, and has a touch of bourbon and molasses there as well. Taste is sweet, rich, thick and full of a big bourbony malty feeling. Overall nice but has a bit of thinness after a while. Could use a bigger backbone.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks dra19! The color was deep amber/brown. The head was thin, off-white, and fizzy. The aroma was alcohol, brourbon, and sweet malt. The flavor bourbon, alcohol, sweet malt, and some spice. The palate was thick-bodied. The finish was warm and long-lasting.
emacgee (3740) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2008 Thanks dra19! Excited to get to try this one. Pours a nice ruby brown with no head. Sweet aroma, malty, alcohol, sweet bourbon. The flavor is rich, sweet, alcohol, nice bourbon flavor, obviously present but subdued, malty. Dry warm palate. Nice lasting finish.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz. Bottle (SAYS 8.7%ABV): Malty aroma of smoke, alcohol, bourbon, oak, and coconut. Poured chestnut brown in color with a tiny beige head that diminished immediately. Cloudy. Lots of floating particles of different sizes. Medium sweet flavor. Tastes of alcohol, bourbon, chocolate, smoke, tobacco, and copper. Light to medium body. Thin, lightly stick texture. Average carbonation. Malty, tobacco finish.
MadIndian (2213) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 Bottle from Capones, sampled with Stegosaurus. Wow Odd. Amber/brown pour with a spice bourbon aroma.A sweet oak and vanilla flavor was present with a lot more going on. Really good.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with DocLock - Pours a reddish-brown color with a half finger thick light tan head. Faint spotty lacing. Aroma is bourbon/oak and sweet malt. Flavor is oak/bourbon, vanilla, and sweet toasted malt. Alcohol is noticeable but not over bearing. Medium body. Smooth with no lingering aftertaste. An excellent beer. Thanks Jeff.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Auburnish color pour with small off white head. Nose big on oak, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, syrupy. Flavors similar with an even bigger vanilla presence. Very nice bottle, a little sweet but not overly done.
beerbill (3175) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Big thank you to ogglethorp for sending me this one off my Want list. Pours a deep, mostly clear, reddish brown with a thin but dense biscuit colored head. The head faded to a thin film within a couple of minutes. Very aromatic with oak, bourbon, vanilla and alcohol all noted. The beer was incredibly flavorful with caramel malt up front follwed by bourbon and vanilla with some hazelnut towards the finish. Absolutely delicious. Nice warming alcohol presence at the finish which in no way interferes with the flavor. Really, really good!