mephisto (1270) - TAIWAN - MAY 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
a heavy and complex brew with strong aroma of alcohol and hops. it has a ’gotcha’ flavor that is very malty and hoppy. a wonderful barley wine.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish amber colour thin head. Amazing arome very fruity and aromatic. Flavours of coconut and sweet malt, dark fruits, oak and scotch, but the coconut really stands out this is a fantasic brew!!
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 ounce bottle-hazy brown pour-small almost non-existent lite brown head-aroma and taste of bourban,caramel, vanilla,brown sugar-nice sweet bitter bourban finish
tomthompson89 (1905) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
murky brownish color, little to no head, nose is bourbon, vanilla, oak and brown sugar. flavor is smooth with all the noted above flavors and a minimal alcohol burn mouth feel was silky. really nice.. at brewpub
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
He appeared in my glass dressed in rich murky browns, much like old musty wood that has seen many years of luscious bourbon aging in her round depths. A small head immediately fades into a khaki ringlet while a splotchy film tries and fails to cover her surface. A few swirls produce a decent showing of lace, but even better, a huge belch of bourbony proportions.
Mm… bourbon. A moment please… Thank you. Ok, and now we return to our regularly scheduled program.
Wood and spice, cinnamon and nutmeg specifically, are followed by candy apples, plums, raisins, and even more bourbon. Did I mention there is lots of bourbon in this beer? A flourish of vanilla extract and root leads into a warm tickle at the back of my nose right before I wrap thirsty lips around her liquid bounty. My first impression is of how well balanced his palate is. Bourbon sweetness and warmth is immediately evident, but not overpowering. Vanilla, cinnamon, and dry wood mingle atop giddy tastebuds, lingering long after each quaff. As he warms, the dryness spreads warm tendrils throughout my body, and each quaff is a soothing repeat of the last. Not as complex as some bourbon barrel aged ales, the apples, prunes, and raisins flitter in and out, weaving a dark fruit delight with apply sass throughout his palate. Exquisite, and even better, sessionable. I’ll take another one, please.
Founders, how I love thee, why aren’t you in Florida? Just remembering this beer is making me thirsty. Just as with all Founders beers, should you stumble across this particular option, take home a sixer, or 12pack. Why err on the side of less when you could take home more.
wavers1 (909) - 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. i’ve 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 ba’ing 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 (521) - 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 Founder’s brew! IMO, it easily Trumps Breakfast Stout and KBS. Wasn’t expecting this to be so good!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-15-2009 03:47:16
thirdeye11 (5634) - 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 (124) - 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.