Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours ruby red with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, and hints of dark fruits. Flavor is nice caramel, slightly nutty malty flavor, with a little bit of smoke, metal, and a slight bitterness that balances out the malty sweetness. Good stuff.
sayravai (4706) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 13, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottled) Hazy dark ruby color with a small, but firm and reasonably lasting, creamy and lacy head. Very nice, grainy-malty, soft and sweetish aroma with lots of dried fruit and some strawberries. Flavor is berryish, sweet and dark-fruity with a tiniest ashy roastiness underneath. Quite full-bodied, very smooth and creamy palate. A beautifully balanced and enjoyable Scotch Ale.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 12, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the bierstube in Moline Iowa. Pours reddish light brown with a very thick off-white head. A butterscotch aroma. Great lacing. This beer is super thick, like drinking a glass of pancake syrup. At first I thought I could smell a bit of diacetyl, but I think itís just an intense caramel aroma. Anything this big oughta have a stewardess on it serving drinks.
reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2010
4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Founders proves that the West Coast doesínt have a lock on great beers. On the pour, a hazy reddish amber hue glows from the pint when lit. While a weak aroma is present, Iím sure it will improve with some warmth. Now down to business! Sweet Jesus, thereís a lot of malt in here. Sweet and a little smokey up front followed by a great hop bite with hints of peat and booze. A very nice thick smooth palate akin to finer stouts. To the Brewers at Founders, cheers and thank you!
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, pours brown with nice head/lacing. Flavor is very malty with caramel, cocoa, and spice. Tastes like Christmas, very good.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a medium head. Lots of sweet malt, floral hops in both the aroma and flavor. Maybe some peat as well, but that might just be the influence of the alcohol and the "Scotch" in the name. A tasty ale.
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A tasty brew. Pours a very thick head, with a light to medium brown haze. Even with a delicate pour almost had an overflow. A weak malty, caramel smell. But this beer packs a punch in flavor. You get hit with the sweet on the front of the tongue and then the bitters and creamy malt surround the mouth quickly. Has a malty-smoky finish. Really enjoying this beer. The aroma and color knock it down on the score, but you will enjoy the complex taste.
FatPhil (12725) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
340ml bottle (Utobeer, London)
Sweet cakey aroma - caramel, some cocoa and cakey spices. Similar taste, a bit dead. Covers the alcohol well, bit still a bit heady. finish pleasantly grainy and malty.
SSSteve (4006) - - FEB 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. pours a clear, deep brownish ruby with a medium sized tan head. malty and sweet aroma with notes of toffee, toast, and a bit of chocolate on a shortbread cookie. the aromas carry into the flavor with the added hint of peat but itís definitely not a focal point. finishes dry and a bit chalky with a wash of floral accents. tasty little number.
arminjewell (9207) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours ruby red with white head, aroma is full of caramel malt. Taste up front is really sweet with some caramel and toffee moving into an earthy spiciness and ends with bitterness and smoky flavor.