AndresTM (270) - Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2012 It pours a deep, translucent mahogany without much of a head ó only a thin bone-colored foam shows up momentarily and quickly dissipates. The aroma is caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, licorice and wood sustained by a strong backbone of ethanol. Itís super boozy, to say the least. Silky mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. The taste is mainly caramel, brown sugar, and malted grain up front, with a dry, earthy, woody scotch aftertaste. It greets the stomach with soothing warmth.
roxtersoxter (192) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark amber with small tan head. Aroma of oak, fruits, and malt. Very smooth beer with taste of bourbon. Excellent finish of cherry. Great beer!
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ciaranc (584) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 8, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
330ml bottle from Drinkstore. Chesnut brown, big creamy off white head. Looks great. Wood, oak, bourbon, dark fruits - cherries and prunes, smoky peated notes and some liquorice in the aroma. Incredibly complex flavour - sweet cherry, warming alcohol notes, bourbon whiskey, sweet caramel, woody notes, toasted malt all in there. Light body, forward carbonation, finish is long and complex - lots of sweetness and warming alcohol. Really incredible.
ttroha (105) - Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark amber. Aroma of burbon and vanilla. Taste is very similar, with strong flavors of vanilla, burbon and oak. Sweet vanilla aftertaste. A fantastic beer.
beechner224 (215) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark ruby red. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oak. Taste is much of the same. Smooth, vanilla takes over at end. Nice beer.
RRistow12 (96) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted from bottle. Pours a very dark brown with beige head that quickly dissipates leaving some good lacing. Great looking beer. Aroma is huge. Robust caramel and sweet notes mixed with bourbon. Some roasted earthy notes. Taste definitely does not disappoint. Starts off sweet with big caramel and toffee taste. Followed by bourbon whiskey tastes that blends so well with the sweet caramel taste. Just a hint of bitterness. Very well balanced and complex beer. Really hides the alcohol well. A lot of times I'm not a fan of bourbon barrel aged beers because I think the bourbon dominates the taste too much. Founders has done it incredibly well. Excellent beer.
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coolfunnj (284) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
sweet woody aroma with caramel,smoke,maple and whisky in there as well..very dark brown liquid with dissipating head..taste ..wow..BIG beer my first impression is it tastes like marshmallow ambrosia salad if youre familiar.,vanilla,caramel,cream and plenty of unusual fruits (pineapple? coconut?)smoke and whiskey if youre not.,balanced by tingly hops and carbonation.yet slick,creamy and sticky also...very tasty and very unusual..fruity maple aftertaste lasts..overall I hate íscotch ales í in general but the other flavors balancing this one makes it very satisfying
Coyler (79) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasty, full on flavours, full bodied, hints of bourbon on the nose same on palate, alcohol very well masked, good length
brystmar (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle. Cloudy, murky barrel; sticky tan lace.
Smells like an open cigar box, and much more barrel than in last year's batch. Can't get over how different this is from the 2012. Oaky, mild boozy sweetness, plenty of bourbon character, quick tinge from the alcohol at the end. Improves significantly as it warms.
Mouthfeel is reasonably creamy, carbonation is dialed in nicely. This is a tasty beverage, though the 2011 vintage (when fresh) is still tops for me.
darb85 (14) - Canton, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great beer. Had on tap. Mixed the bottles. bummer. On the list to not forget tomorrow
Beerenberger (1108) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is malt forward. Roasted malts, caramel, bourbon and subtle hints of dark red fruit. Pours a ruby brown with an off-whithe ring and no lacing. The taste is rich and malty. Roasted malts, caramel, bourbon, dark fruit notes, with an alcohol finish and lingering aftertaste. Medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy initially, but is curtailed by a "warm" alcohol finish. Overall, this is a great sit-by-the-fire-on-a-winters-night-sipper. Well, crafted and enjoyable. Should age well. (I, sadly, missed the smokieness.)