tennessejed420 (926) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. Clear amber mahogony ruby pour with tan beige frothy head. Smells of malt, caramel, smoke, bourbon, vanilla. Tastes of rich roast malt. One of my favorite beer styles, and a good take on it. Excellent.
deflagro (106) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Cloudy, red-brownish liquid with an almost yellow head. Aroma is rich with some sweetness and notes of caramel, dried fruits and banana. Taste is sweet and rich with some fruitiness and hoppiness. Thick mouthfeel and notes of banana. Really nice brew.
ben4321 (5087) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Wine and Beer Westpark, 12/6/09
Aroma: Nose of dark berries, caramel, toast, sugar, wood, and some earthy hops
Appearance: A deep, dark reddish-brown color with a small head
Flavor: Big sweet flavor up-front, fruits/sugar/bread, and a nice hop presence in the later palate
Palate: This beer has a smooth mouthfeel, medium-full body, and long duration
I found this beer to be really enjoyable. In fact, Iíve found pretty much everything Iíve had from this brewery to be pretty darn enjoyable. They just make a lot of really quality beers. This one was quite good, a great flavor profile, nice looking, nice throughout the full palate. Well done by Founders with this one. I picked up a bunch of Founders at Wine and Beer Westpark, and Iím glad I did, because they make some really nice brews.
MarthaPromise (21) - Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, dark, brown with little to no head. Whatever head there was laced nicely as it went down. Aroma, is caramel, chocolate, and maybe a hint of peat. Mouth feel is medium and a bit chewy with minimal carbonation. Taste is fairly sweet. Lots of caramel and chocolate notes. I could pick out a few notes of smoke and peat, however, would have enjoyed more. Malt is offset by a nice hoppy bite at the end that helps avoid it becoming cloying. For the abv, this is easy to drink and can creep up on you. Iíd definitely would let this warm a bit, as the complexities come out the longer it sits. Iím not very well versed in the style, but from the scotch ales that Iíve tried, this would rank up there pretty high.
Bullit (4285) - Burgos, SPAIN - DEC 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, Waldoís, Kalamazoo. Dark red-brown colour, tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, nuts, some roastiness. Flavour of roasted malts, dark fruits, caramel and brown sugar. Well drinkable.
Ratman197 (11784) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of carmel, brown sugar, light earthiness and a hint of fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, brown sugar, pepper and light earthiness with a smooth warming lingering carmel finish.
goozen (3562) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0,355ltr: Hazy dark brown brew from Michican, with an dark fruit, caramel taste.
DialSquare (3666) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle brought down by inlaws from Andersons in Toledo. Red brown pour with a smallish off-white head and some spotty stick. Aromas of caramelized sugar, earthy roasted malts and a light bourbon vibe. Full toffee malt and dried fruit taste. Little to no carbonation on the tongue.
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml bottle. Hazy dark mahogany. Medium-sized thick creamy light beige head that clings to the glass. Feels thick and rich. Carbonation level is fairly low and the beer has high viscosity. Rich caramel flavours with toffee and chocolate. Thick and oily texture. Notes of paper and candy sugar. Sweet, but not really that sweet given the otherwise rich and viscous beer. Very tasty.
fonefan (40503) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 12fl.oz. @ home.
Clear medium to dark red brown orange color with a small, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, hay, caramel, overripped fruit, burnt brown sugar, smoke - vomiting notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, and malt dusty. Body is medium full to medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.