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 (1280) - Minneapolis, 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 (2620) - 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.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle.... pours a deep deep red with slight highlights and an average off white head... big bourbon and vanilla notes on the nose as well as some apple, plum and raisin... absolutely wonderful aroma... I could smell this all night. big round body with nice creamy sides and an aggressive front... sweet caramel, scotch and more fruit dominate the front of the mouth... with a twist of alcohol... the top is more mellow with cherries and sweet malts. Excellent bourbon laced finish leaves you wanting more. Solid.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 25, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle, pours dark brown, tall tan head. Dark fruity aroma of strawberry, oak, sour apple, and light hops. Wow, this is near perfect. Sweet bourbon and again strawberry, I donít know why Iím tasting it, but I am. Apple skins, more oak and a strong whiskey undertone. So good, creamy mouth with light carbonation. This is what I want in a barrel aged beer. So damn tasty.
darkguardian (729) - Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle thanks to Iowaherkeye. Pours a mahogany with a small khaki head. Nose is woody and fruity with a nice bourbon undercurrent. Its not bourbon heavy but you still know its there. Flavor is just amazing. Rich deeply complex malt with a strong vinuous fruity profile. Some mollasses and brown sugar and definite bourbon finish. Slight twinge of alcohol but all things considered its well hidden. Really outstanding.