dagimp (847) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2009
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 9/9/9 Pours a beautiful dark ruby with little head, turning to no head quickly. No lacing whatsoever. Aroma is of alcohol, plum and smoke. Taste is of burning, burning alcohol! Some other flavors are, dark fruit, smoke, pine (but not a hoppy pine really), slight bubblegum and dark malt. Mouthfeel is very substantial but itís a little too carbonated for my taste, just slightly so. Overall, this would be a great beer if it wasnít for the burning alcohol flavor which consumes the whole taste and turns it into cherry NyQuil. I really felt it on the way down. It isnít even that high an abv beer. Iím going to let a few of these sit for about six months and see if they mellow out.
Update 12/27/10: Indeed this Bastard has mellowed out a lot. Much less alcohol a year and a third out. Plenty of peet, smoke and scotch. Still not my favorite but at least itís drinkable now.
madmitch76 (18996) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
26th May 2008. Like an old aged ale. Lots of chocolately malt and a fair hop finish. Low carbonation and not much bitterness.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2009 12 oz bottle. Pours a dark amber brown with a small creamy tan froth. Aroma is very nicely blended with chocolate and spiciness, along with an earthy peat character. Very inviting on the nose, sweet but some citric hops, chocolate covered oranges. Flavor starts with a tasty dark fruit character overlying a nice complex chocolate maltiness and just a hint of smoke. Definitely a nice hop kick in the finish, but not overly bitter or harsh. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. Really tasty scotch ale, I dig.
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beermerchants.com. Deep ruby colour with some sediment and a small, tan head. Rich caramel and chocolate aroma. In the mouth raisins and citrussy hops, hints of nuts. Tastes actually more like a barley wine. Dryish finish. Sirupy. Solid bastard.
Listigovers (548) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice rich red colour with a lingering cream coloured head. Aroma is malty, sweet, and boozy, you can already tell this beer is serious business by the smell of it. Thick and syrupy, lots of malt and lots of hops to balance it out. Great beer, very smooth and extremely easy to drink. My favourite beer to start a heavy drinking session as it goes down smoothly and packs an 8.5% punch.
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355mL into thistle (yeah right). Pours a clear, deep, beautiful ruby with a two-finger yellow, rocky head with good retention. leaves good sheety lacing. Aroma is pears, strawberries, burnt sugar, tannins, leather, caramel, a bit of booze. Taste is metallic, fairly bitter with a plethora of balancing English hops. A bit astringent on the palate. Chewy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Long, bitter aftertaste.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a trade with coyotehunter. Poured somewhere between ruby and copper. Clear with a scant off-white head. The aroma is fruitier than I anticipated. Citrus and tropical fruits over a hefty dose of malt and some alcohol. The flavor also had what I thought was mango along with citrus hops, plenty of malt and some booze. A lighter mouthfeel than I anticipated. Iíve had the Backwoods Bastard and I think itís miles ahead of this.
foundersfan (30) - Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A good sloid Scotch Ale that is smooth and slightly sweet. A great beer one comes to expect from Founders.
ContemplateBeer (1788) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of scotch, brown sugar, currant and roasted caramel. Appearance was cloudy brown with creamy tan head. Flavor is similar to the nose, with most of the scotch elements most prominent. Palate is creamy. Very solid, well made brew.
glennmastrange (2465) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Moderate aromas of roasted and caramel for the malt, herbs for the hops, with hints of date and brown sugar. Head is small, wispy, off-white with fair lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is dark brownish red. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and acidic, then the long finish is lightly sweet and acidic, and moderately bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, oily, with a lively carbonation and a moderately astringent and very dry finish. The flavor in this Scotch Ale leans towards dry and bitter unlike others Iíve had, which is why I like this so much. Thanks Hopscotch.