TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from the Binny’s Singles Rack from the back of the cellar (Orland Park, IL). Finally getting around to it. Pours a very nice fiery brownish hue, lots of red notes dance throughout with khaki moderate head that dissipates to a decent amount, well hazed brew. Aromas are very nice with caramel, toffee, and biscuits heavy on the nose with a faint peat and smoke element. Initial is very nice, complex, with caramel and toffee taking the forefront, mixing in some nice vanilla and touches of peat, alcohol, light toaste, and subtle fruitiness. Largely a malt bomb, but under the layers takes a deeper complexity. Finishes with some malty lingers and a subtle bitterness beneath serving for balance. A beer I’m sure to come back to. Cheers!
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy mahogany with a tiny tan ring of head, a bit of bubbly lacing sticks to the glass. Big caramel and toffee maltiness on the nose, perhaps a hint of smoke, but faint. Medium sweetness, caramel malt, some fig fruit flavor, again slight smoke, just the tiniest touch of bitterness rounds out the flavor quite nicely. Med-to-heavy mouthfeel with low carb.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
208 Bottle - Thanks tjthresh - Pours a beautiful coppery ruby with a small orange head...aroma is mossy and bready, malt...flavour is "unique"...weird malt on the front flavour-wise, almost dirty, finishes the same way...not my fav, but great to try...
Butters (3938) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared with the boys for Cellar Reduction #3. Well masked abv. Malty biscuit aroma and flavor with alcohol flavors. Massively malty and good for style.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with Butters and sixfootsix at the 3rd Cellar Reduction. Pours a light tan head with some orange to it. Body is deep amber with some ruby highlights. Smells of toasted malts and brown sugar. Tastes the same with a nice bitterness on the finish. I really enjoy the toasty nuttiness of this beer.
PhillyBeer2112 (2599) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2009 Very nice. Kind of an old ale. Dark hazy copper. A touch fruity in the nose but it moves on to a chocolate/caramel flavor. I was hoping for a dark rummy raisiny flavor but it wasn’t there. Still It was nice. Very smooth mouthfeel, rounded with light carbonation. Nicely heavy without overwhelming the palate. Plenty malt forward, with just a touch of leafy hop, without being overly sweet.
jkwalking05 (4132) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red color with a tan head. Scottish malts, maple, and caramel in the aroma. Strong alcoholic taste with a sweet malt and caramel in the finish.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 30, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hmmm...maybe Founders should get a new flagship. I found this beer to be too sweet for a Scotch Ale, and the number of malts used left the flavor muddled and unclear. The only good thing about this beer is its color.
mar (4995) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ruby brown pour with a khaki thick head. aroma of peat, fruit and smoke. very nice on the palate with a great smoked peat flavor, caramel and sugared fruit in the finish. pretty solid scotch ale though.
Merrill (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nearly cloudy brown pour with an even light brown head that fads nicely. Sweet whiskey aroma with spice and fermented fruit. Strong sweet scotch with solid bittering present a well balanced, if somewhat rough punch. This is one of my favorite beers and it nee ’it fails t’ astoond ye’! The finish is long and contains all the above as they slowly cave in on one abnother