bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty and grainy. Quite a lot of bitter without the chocolate malt. A good bit of hop bitterness without a lot of the citrus and herbal aromas. Lots of crystal malts. A bit smoky and peaty. Very heavy mouthfeel. A very formidable beer but a bit overrated on this site in my opinion.
cmconrad99 (10) - Lorain, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great Beer, Usually not a scotch ale fan, because they tend to be too sweet. Yet this Ale was very Nice, Smooth, and a pleasant scotch flavor.
Hints of chocolate, coffee, not sweet, yet not overly hoppy.
Had a slight alcohol finish, probably just the scotch flavor coming more full at the end.
Overall: Really good Scotch Ale, would have another again soon.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Founders is quickly becoming my favorite brewery. My only complaint about this one is it didn’t pour much of a head. This is not the usual cloyingly sweet scotch ale that you find. Many layers of flavor here with mocha, caramel, and especially molasses dominating the palate. There’s some rich earthiness too, and enough bittering hops to balance out the sweet malt without making it too bitter or detracting from the malt.
donteatpoop (127) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Found this on tap thanks to Vinatage in Boardman, Ohio.
A deep chestnut brown with a nice tan head, the lace clinging to the glass as it was consumed.
Smelled of coffe and toasted malts.
Tasted of the toasted malts and coffee, as well as some hops.
Great carbonation level, not to much or too little, smooth going down with no negative after taste.
Went down smooth, a very drinkable brew that I’m glad I tried.
Serving type: on-tap
mkgrenwel (564) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - APR 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice peaty earthy malt flavor. Not a big hop presence in the back, but something there to balance and contribute a nice mossy earthy flavor. Toffee is big. Lots of malt but not too sweet. Very well balanced. The flavors are pretty big and strong. Palate is pretty good, carbonation gives it a little creaminess, but a little more weight on the tongue couldn’t hurt. I might like a little more complexity in here, but the flavors are nice. Well made for the style.
raiderfost (168) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good! The best beer of this style i have ever had. Alot going on in the flavor and aroma of this one. Well done. Thanks mark.
BREWMUSKCLES (2192) - New Jersey, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
cherry and beer and alcohol. clean old and pleasant -dirty bastard- uuhhh ok! beautiful ruby amber color. light beige head malt and hop with a clean finish. this brew is candy sweet. quite good! nice considerably consistancy.
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep caramely brown, hazy, with a thin offwhite head. The aroma was sweet and caramely with notes of brown sugar. Taste is sweet, thick caramel with a touch of alcohol at the back of the throat. Thick on the palate.
Stine (1463) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours transparently; body of volcanic, glowing burgundy with wispy lacing. Aroma of burly pit fruits and strawberry candies; a pure and decadent but still soft note of scotch whiskey dripping with peat smoke and pillowy tobacco character. So rich, generous, and simple. Flavor is not especially dark but very deep, giving hints of peat, charred raisins, and raspberries to speckle the body of viscous maple, dark honey, scotch, and milk chocolate. A tower of carefully polished malt complexity. Medium to full palate is luxuriously silky with a distant sparkle of carbonation; finish is semisweet chocolate and caramel before turning tannic and bitter like a blend of a muscley shiraz and dry citrusy hops. First rate example; just immaculately made.
idbowman82 (62) - Painesville, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A fine example of scotch ale. Strong, complex, but clean.
The pour is a deep amber with very little head. The aroma is intense--caramel, hops, and smoke. The flavor follow suit, with a very noteable earthiness and an apparent, but not overpowering sweetness. Finished bitter and quite clean.
Excellent, excellent brew.