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RATINGS: 1414   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Big and delicious for your íperty mouth. Expect lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts. A bit of earthy spice and a scintilla of dark cherries. Itís a kick-back sipper made to excite the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wickster (85) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Iím trying to be objective in my rating, as Iím not a huge fan of Scotch Ales....this one has a monster flavor and aroma of Alcohol. Pretty much hits the mark for that it should be....just not my bag baby! Paid $15 for a 4 pack of bottles....if your a fan of the style then well worth it...will be a pass on the next set for me though...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1166) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Very oak forward. Bourbon a little, but strong oak. But done very well. This does not resemble regular Founders Bastard Ale by any means. Which is a good thing because I wasnít a huge fan of that beer as a scotch ale anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Pours a rich brown color with medium light brown head. Aroma is bourbon, alcohol, peat, and some malt. The alcohol aroma really dominates once it warms up. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, caramel malt, peat, and fusol alcohol. Taste is pretty well balanced, but again, the alcohol is a bit sharp for my liking. Overall, probably one of the better scotch ales out there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EHopper (619) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Dark, dark carmel color with light tan head. Intense scotch ale aroma of overripe dark forest fruit and bourbon, with deep malt and moldy earth and the dust of a county road. Flavor was a bit of a let down, fairly simple carmel, vanilla and malt with some dry chocolate, butterscotch and a bit of sour. Maybe it is just a bit thin tasting, doesnít punch you in the mouth like it does in the nose. Nice dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2378) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2009
On tap and snifter served at Brixieís in Brookfield, IL. Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights showing through. The head was a bubbly, light tan foam with lasting, curtainy sheets of lacing. The aroma was rich, roasty malt, cask wood and strong bourbon notes, with dark fruit and caramelly sweetness. Following these into the flavor was some moderate hop bitterness and hints of dark and dry bakerís chocolate. Full bodied and a real treat on tap since many places in the area only offered bottles. A truly warming and tasty brew to sip and enjoy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Bottle pours a cloudy dark copper body with a tiny beige head that leaves no lacing. Aroma is boozy bourbon, caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Almost full bodied with a lot of creaminess. Taste is complex. Bourbon, peat, vanilla, toffee, herbal hops, alcohol warmth, all work together nicely. Dangerously drinkable!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
slipy120 (81) - Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Yet again, another great beer by Founders. Pours very dark red. Didnít pick up much of the bourbon. Has a ting to the nostrils of roasted grains as well as the alcohol but is not unpleasant at all. Near perfect finish and great mouthfeel. Canít wait to try at from the tap at Founders.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernovice39 (3120) - Montana, USA - DEC 4, 2009
I was worried this would not be my thing. Man was I wrong! Great taste and flavor. Booze is well hidden. Shame it is not available year round.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2219) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2009
MMmmmm, baby, baby - canít get enough of your beer babe. Luxuriant. Poured with fine creamy, light tan head and good lace. Color is cured cherry wood. Aroma is vanilla, sweet cherries, malt, caramel, and brandy. Flavor is sweet, a hint of roastiness, Texture is velvety with fine carbonation. Some alcohol in the finish which is fairly long and sweet with a tinge of bitterness at the very end. Not a session beer although an excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Pours the color of rootbeer with a tan head. The first flavor that jumps out at you is butterscotch which is followed by a little wood and some caramel. Overall a very tasty beer.

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