NaturalIce (148) - originally from Michigan, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured into glass; Pours out dark, thick, with very minimal head that lasts throughout the beers entirety. I get a strong sense of caramel malt from the beers aroma. Flavor of malted caramel with a little toffee. Finishes bitter with a very nice hint of scotch. Good beer.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft from the Federal. Deep, hazy amber pour... dark but nice orange/brown color; lovely light yellow/tan head. Creamy and thick on top of the beer with good lacing throughout. Great balance of hops and malt throughout. Caramel, toffee, and bitter hops on the nose. Definitely more malt up front. A little bit of peat and not as much smoke or peat as I hoped, but a vague spiciness, possibly from the hops. Good crisp bitter finish. Remembered liking this more last time I had it. Still, quite solid, though.
DWestrick (462) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. a nice tasting ale. great flavor and some kick - rudy/amber color with a smooth finish
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Flying Saucer. Cloudy, mostly opaque beer, like a hazy maple syrup. Sweet boozy nose with some nice nuttiness and a lot of malt. Really complex flavors of caramel, toffee, smoke, alcohol. It’s far from refreshing, more of a slow drinking beer worth complemplating. Tasty stuff.
everettvh (34) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A beautiful walnut brown pour with a decent tan head. Aroma of bitter dark chocolate with toffee and coffee. Peat, smoke, dark chocolate and roasted malt in the falvor, and some hoppiness. Good mouthfeel. Short finish. Excellent brew from the fine folks at Founders.
EricE (1368) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy opaque red brown pour with a thin white head. Nutty malt aroma. Some roast as well. Bitter chocolate and caramel malt flavor with almost a smokiness and lots of bitter hops to finish. Very dry without any sweetness, but balanced. Alcohol lingers a bit on tongue.
johnnyoski (445) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle: Pours cloudy brown with an orangish-tint. Slight to no-head. Sweet roasted aroma with hints of caramel and toffee. Lots of caramel and some smokiness initially. Finishes hoppy and slightly dry. Medium body and good carbonation...this beer is well balanced and goes down very smoothly. I’ll definitely pick this one up again.
BOLTZ7555 (2939) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle acquired through Sparky27...ERIC, you da man!!! Butterscotch candy color with a nice 1/2 inch pale yellow head. Smell is quite sweet and sugary. Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and even a touch of hops. Flavor is roasted malt and all of the flavors that accompany it...the mild citrus bite is evident in the finish. Syrupy and good...great on pancakes and waffles!!!
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a reddish brown in color. Theres a nice half inch of beige head sitting atop after the pour. It quickly recedes to a ring of froth. Smell is wonderful. Very incredible malts and a nice scotch like, peaty scent. Taste is more velvety smooth malt. Some toffee and some liquor like qualities. Very smooth with just a hint of hop bite at the end. Incredible beer. No hint of the ABV while drinking. I could drink this all the time.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy caramel color with a tan head. Toffee and caramel nose, toast, alcohol as it warms. Roasty malt flavor, brown sugar, tiny bit of smoke and chocolate. Light bitter hops. Slightly metallic finish. Easy drinking for ABV.