surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours slightly hazy copper with a small light tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Nice malty aroma; sweet and figgy with some peaty notes when it warms. Complex malty flavor profile, with lots of dark fruit along with some peat/light smoke. Finishes somewhat dry, providing nice balance. Medium-full mouthfeel, with moderately high carbonation, and some assertive but not hot warming. Good strong scotch ale - a sipper in strength, but quite drinkable.
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Spicy caramel malt aroma. Cloudy reddish amber body, small light tan head. Flavor is very assertively malty, with a definite alcohol kick, and a somewhat bitter finish. Not a glass one can easily ignore; does not fail to make an impression.
hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish-amber body with a clinging tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, brown sugar, and just a hint of smoke. Formadible, silky palate. Very nice flavor consisting of malty sweet goodness up front with brown sugar and butterscotch notes. Some nice dark fruit flavor mixes in right before the smoke and whiskey warming. Quite nice finish...a delicious and easy to drink beer.
reggiedunlop (3381) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a deep caramel to ruby color with a creamy light tan head. aroma is slightly sweet with hints of vanilla and smoke. mouthfeel is slightly heavy and silky. flavor is very complex with a touch of fruit (maybe fig?) and some scotch and smoke ending in a lingering dry finish that leaves smoke and oak flavors behind. excellent beer!
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with moejuck. Pours a deep red-tinted amber with a moderate off-white head that lasted until about mid-glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of malt and brown sugar with just a hint of earthy peat. The flavor is very nice with malt, brown sugar, dates, and a stronger dose of smoke and peat than the aroma suggests. Some mild alcohol warming towards the finish, especially as the beer sits for a bit. Enjoyable!
blutt59 (6097) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, rich mahogany color, initial foamy head, aroma is scotchy, flavors of butterscotch, smoke, whiskey and some fruit, finish is smokey and viscous
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with off-white head. Aroma is of malty sweetness, fruits, some liquor and plenty of hops. Flavor is similar, with a bit of peet and grapefruit. Slight bitter finish. Very good.
jmm635 (904) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color with a big tan head. Aromas of malts, caramel, surprisingly strong on the hops, and whiff of woody scotch. Flavor is pretty similar. Again, a surprising amount of hops. I thought the scotch flavor left me with a very dry mouth.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good Scotch ale. Pours amber with a thin head. Aroma is mainly malt. Flavor of malt, caramel, dark fruit, and some sugar. Had a lot more body than a normal scotch ale. Good stuff.
sebletitje (7134) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of frampin.
Pours amber - ruby with mahogany head.
Aroma is biscuity and malty with light roastiness.
Taste, caramel malts, grainy mouthfeel, light chocolate and dark fruits.
Very enjoyable like all Founders beers, and fits the style very well.