rking (100) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good Scotch Ale. Brings everything to the table that it should. I prefer backwoods bastard though for its added complexities.
jlruthven (600) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark mahogany with ruby tints when held up to the light. Small, light tan head, minimal lacing. Nose is nearly all malts, with smoke and peat hitting the sinuses. Taste is heavily smoked, with some burnt caramel and peat moss cutting through. Finish is lingering; dense, black wheat bread. Very subtle, very complex brew, and immensely drinkable for the ABV.
jarow (237) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark red amber with minimal head. Aroma is sweet, lots of malt, caramel. Tastes sweet, malty, some alcohol, caramel, toffee. The alcohol is apparent in the finish but not too much.
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep mahogany complexion with ruby highlights and a creamy head. Smells primarily malty with traces of maple sugar and caramel. Expected a bit stronger aroma. Well deserving of the wee-heavy label as it is bursting with layers of robust malt characteristics. Behind the roasted malt flavors are earthy hops creating a long lingering finish. Wait for it to warm a bit and it suggests raisons and caramel. Full bodied mouth feel, a tad chewy. High carbonation hides its strength as it does not come close to feeling 8.5%. I’ll crank out a few of these and get smacked in the face before I realize it. For a style I am not usually impressed by this is a really good representation of a Scottish Strong Ale. Founder’s never seems to disappoint!
queenholly (3613) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Sweet caramel aroma. Deep copper with a small off white head. Sweet caramel, hops, and a light roasted malt finish. I really like this one, it was very easy to drink.
Maverick34 (2896) - New York, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2013 Draft. Pours a dark syrupy brown. White jead. Some malts and such. Not too much alco to taste.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Blind Tiger. Clear dark brown to black with nice off white head. Aroma of dried fruit (raisins, etc), sweet fruit (melon), molasses syrup malts. Taste is sweet molasses syrupy at start and goes big bitter fig/dried fruit in finish. Really tasty! Booze is hidden well, finish is short and abrupt.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
He poured murky browns and faded mahogany into my glass where he settled under a small layer of khaki foam. Lace sticks to the sides of my glass like nobody’s business, and a thin ringlet is his only decoration. But then, anything more would get in the way of his massive nose which just hit mine. Caramel and red apples galore followed by sprinklings of cinnamon and nutmeg, finishing with a flourish of toffee and a whiff of chocolate. Hm... I’m having candy bar flashbacks, and I don’t know why… Alcohol nips at the back of my nose, tingling and teasing with spice, warmth, and dry wood read for the fire pit. Despite a straightforward nose, his palate is surprisingly more subtle and subdued, choosing the slow and supple path versus the in-your-face path. Slick, smooth, and mouthcoating, I am left once more smacking my lips in thirsty satisfaction, each lick a candied apple delight. A generous helping of dry brown spices permeates each quaff, enhancing and accentuating the immediate glow of warmth in the back of my throat creeping its way into my chest. Sweet, crunchy, woody, and spiced, cinnamon mingles with crisp fall red apples while esters of caramel and toffee crunchies waft on by. Closing my eyes, I am transported to a small cabin amidst the rolling hills of Scotland. A chill permeates the air, matched only by the crackling fire before me as I settle deep into a cushy chair, glass of Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch-style Ale in hand, and absolutely no where else I want to be.
Romantic? A bit maybe, but like most things, romanticism got its start in reality. I prefer a mingling mix of the two, and Founders heartily delivered. I wasn’t always fond of scotch ales, but the more I open my palate and mind to all beery possibilities, the more I appreciate their malty gifts. If you are ever somewhere where Founders beers can be found, grab a cart and have at it.
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 6, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of badnewsberrs, thanks! pours a nice orange amber, really smooth, a nice brew for sure. lots of bready, caramel and buttery notes throughout, easy drinker, wouldn’t mind trying it on tap.
phillybeer7779 (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big time malty beer with some hop taste coming through in the finish. Somewhat of a dry finish as well. It hides the 8.3% very well.