wench (30) - st. paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very bold! Not usually a fan of the smoke flavor but this beer had just the right amount . Aroma was of bourbon and scotch. Flavor was carmel and malts.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Source: 12 oz bottle purchased at Bruisin Ales in Asheville.
Appearance: Poured a dark red/brown with a one finger beige head.
Aroma: Sweet malts and dark fruits. Caramel dominates.
Flavor: Caramel malt base with dark fruits on the end.
Palate: Medium/full body with mild carbonation.
Overall: Solid Founders offering. I donít crave the Scotch Ale style, but this was a particularly good one.
GJF (1365) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at 33 Wine bar in St. Louis. Deep mahogany with a thin, quickly disappearing white head. There is a dark rum quality to this with lots of fruit to it, and a bit of smoke. Itís very tasty but the sweetness overpowers a bit as it goes on.
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Giant Eagle in Canton. Last time I had a scotch ale it tasted like bandaids so this was a pleasant reversal of my first run-in with this style. Dark copper/light ruby pour with light tan non-existent head (no I did not have a thistle glass, Iíve never even seen one). Light carbonation with an undeniable scotch aroma. Flavor is much the same but super subtle and cut by an equally subtle hop profile with a dry finish.
vtafro (4841) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2011 Tap. Not too much as per i remember about this beer besides it was a full bodied beer with lots of flavor.
Edit saw this early rating and laughed. Donít object to the score however. Flavor ends with butterscotch finish? Fruit and woody aroma. Fruit and spice front of flavor. Tap.
matt7215 (2265) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from a trade with dmschefke. pours burgundy with an everlasting tan head. malty aroma of caramel and dark fruit. the flavour is very malt forward but the finish is to hoppy for the style. i think more of the sublety would come through if it was as hopped. still a great beer though. thanks dave!
tennisjoel (1223) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brownish hued body with a thin head. Aromas of rich caramel, raisin, fig, plum, vanilla, and a bit of smoke. Rich malty flavor, and a good beer for the style.
nickd717 (3653) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Wegmanís in Princeton, NJ. Reddish-brown in color with a medium beige head and good retention. Earthy, malty aroma with caramel and wood. Flavor is lots of caramel malt with earthy/woody notes, brown sugar, and a hint of smoke. Creamy, fairly full palate. A very good scotch ale.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy, deep red with a small, foamy, light tan head. Big boozy nose with hints of earth and wood. Pine, ripe stone fruit, alcohol, earth, oak, and a touch of mineral on the palate. A slight medicinal and peat note in there too. Reminds me of scotch in a way. Medium carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Lots of alcohol and lots of hops in this one. Low viscosity for the style, but almost too much hops in my mind. A bit on the raw side.
Trev (2012) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had to drink this 2 bottles at a time out of a 22oz hurricane glass
Pours reddish brown with a thick foamy tan head.
Aroma is earthy/ woody, caramelized sugar and roasted malt..
Flavour is bourbon alc and woody, light earthy smoke and a subtle hop finish.