nickd717 (3782) - 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 Wegman’s 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 (2023) - 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.
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really nice beer. Smells of bourbon, burnt brown sugar and green apples, same on the flavor but with an unpleasant ashtray-like finish. Great looking, almost like murky river water. Good beer but not great. Thanks Founders. 2009 12 oz.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - This is a very hearty beer with loads of roasted malt flavor. The alcohol is present but a nice complement to the beer. I can’t put my finger on it, but something seems to be missing.
kassner (1462) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark Copper in color, very slightly cloudy, no head but nice lacing. This ia a big beer with Malt and alcohol prevalent in the taste. Certainly some subtile notes of caramel and burnt suger but the alcohol overrides the flavors a lot.
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
So, I was incredibly perplexed with this beer. I was told that I might not like it so much, but that’s certainly not the case. I don’t love it or want to go out and purchase a case, however, it’s not all too bad. It poured a light brown - rust color and was very cloudy. I simply couldn’t put my finger what I was smelling and tasting. At first it seemed like I was smelling caramel, but then it went into an apple smell, reminding me of Fall, and trips to the cider mill. Taste was the most strange thing - after thinking about it for a while, it reminded me of breakfast...some sort of combination of bacon, pancakes, and maple syrup, all along with the fall (cider and caramel)...Just very odd. I liked it overall.
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a shiny ruby to amber color with thin tan head. Aroma is a bit weak with sweet sweet malt and a slight roastiness. The flavour starts off with some hop bitterness and slight roasted maltiness. Not a fan of scotch ales, however, this brings a nice change in my mind of the type. Tasty beer.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, ruby red color. Small, lasting light brown head. Lightly sweet malty aroma. Full mouthfeel. Fruity, malty sweetness with just a bit of hops in the finish. Good scotch ale.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Daknole. Rusty orange-brown color, and aroma is also rusty hop, burnt sugar, the crust of fruit bread. Very smooth beer with great hop profile matched by delightfully fruity malts. Nice brew that is not as chewy as it smelled.