GG (2054) - NorCal, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Received this beer in a trade from someone, but it’s been awhile (and 20 trades later) so I forgot who sent it to me. While Founders seems to have a huge repetoire of beers, I’ve only had a smattering of them, and they seem garner either a really good or average reviews. Since I’ve always really had a soft spot for Scotch ales, I was pretty excited to finally pop the top on this one.
So the beer pours out a dark brown color, mostly opaque but it started to clear on the end, with red highlights on the edges. A huge 4 finger thick khaki head erputed from my glass. It had some serious staying power and the head kept true thru the entire beer. Aroma was semi-sweet, malty, caramel, subtle run and smoke notes run along side a peaty note. Flavor is more sweetness, caramel covered raisins with a slightly over-carbonated finish. Would have received a bit higher scores from me if it was a little smoother. Still, a very nice beer.
emacgee (4046) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2007 Thanks dra19! Finally got a bottle of this to re-rate since I’ve only had it at a festival. Pours a nice dark burgundy brown. Little to no tan head. The aroma is malty, sweet, raisins, nice aroma. The flavor is sweet, alcohol, malty, caramel, raisins, rich, nice flavor profile. Warm dry palate and nice sweet finish.
mcox90 (1563) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of Acknud. Pours a reddish caramel color with offwhite head. Nose is a little smoky with malts. Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side. Taste is of roasted malt, smoky peat, some caramel and brown sugar. Alcohol is well hidden until the end. When the brew is warm, the alcohol comes out to play. The finish is a bit on the hoppy side. Bitter aftertaste.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old Dirty Bastard! Pours a deep ruby color with nice airy head and lacing. Thick mouthfeel consiting of a nice malty flavor. Notable hop presence on the finish
chriso (7396) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, courtesy HogtownHarry. Attractive deep ruby colour. Big woody, oxidised soy sauce aroma - not really my thing. The generous complement of tangy, resinous hops in the flavour was something of a surprise. The powerful, chewy malt presence was not. The two elements were beautifully balanced. Firm, weighty mouthfeel. Maybe a touch thick, with slightly volatile alcohol but those would just be very minor quibbles. Such a tasty and accomplished beer that my initial reservations about the aroma (which admittedly were more question of personal taste than anything else) were entirely vanquished.
nikola (3) - elkhart, Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2007 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle to glass. full nose, very little head, little lingering head around the outside of the glass. the body is dark reddish brown. Scotch drinker’s beer! you can taste the smoke, coffee, a touch hoppy, pleasantly complex, best @ room temp.
been drinkin’ dirty bastard since i was 19 and it will always be one of my top choices.
marcus (6578) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This dark brown ale poured with a tiny beige head. There is a delicious sweet toasted malt flavor and a carbonated mouthfeel. Tastes like an authentic scotch ale.
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Chris_O’s, thanks to Harry. Deep amber with an off white head. Sweet malts, hops and alcohol in the nose. Hops, roasted malts and whiskey in the flavour. Not bad.
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours dark with a very small head. Very sweet aroma and flavor. Very good.
bp (802) - Queens, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2007 Draft: Had this at the Sippin’ By the River fest in Philly. Pour is a redish brown with a malty aroma with a hint of some chocolate, taste is malty, roasted and dry. A very good brew.