jmm635 (913) - 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 (7430) - 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.
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
almost no head into amber body. aromas of moderate caramel and moderate citrus and a touch of soap. flavor is light bittersweet throughout. long finish duration. slightly stickly mouthfeel. pretty darn good.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at barleys in greenville. pours a dark red/ruby color with a bubbly tan head and decent lacing. aroma us definitely malt dominated with chestnuts, caramel malt, coffee, and dark fruit. flavors of rye bread, cinnamon, dark malts, and brown sugar that finished with a touch of hops. a very complex beer with a heavy mouthfeel that has a rich flavor. good for a winter night by the fire.
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Rough. I have never had a Scotch Ale quite this burly before. Almost a tartness to the charcoal and peat that is likely a result of the too-bright red color. Lacks the velvety texture usually found.
mattmc1973 (478) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2009 12 oz bottle, pours dark brown, cannot see through it. Frothy tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, malt, and figs, with some slight smoke. Taste of roasted malt, dark fruit, and brown sugar, with slight hop finish. Medium to heavy body, with nice carbonation. Overall, a very nice scotch ale, I would drink more of this!
Update: I got a 1/2 barrel of this for my kegerator, and tapped it tonight. On draft, I am enjoying this even more!
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown with a thick off-white head. Chocolate and roasty aroma with burnt sugar, toffee and caramel. Super sweet cocoa and chocolate taste. Coffee and roasted malts abound. Pretty damned good, but not really a Scotch Ale.
Suttree (5423) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown, no head. Smoky, grapey aroma. Fruity flavor at first, then smokey, earthy notes. Stay woodsy and rustic throughout. Nice stuff, very tasty.
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - DEC 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Taste 12/8 Bottle. Looks... Dark and clear with a little lacing of the head. Aroma: Malt peat smoke and a little dark fruit. Taste: MMMM..Really good. Mostly malts. Some smoke earthy and a little fruit. Can not taste the alcohol.