Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2008 The body is a dark chestnut color with crimson hues. A small, foamy, light tan head settles to a thin film with a small edge. Soapy lacing mostly rejoins the body. Aromas are rich and malty, with a strong bourbon presence, tons of oaky vanilla, dark caramel, chocolate, and smoked peat. It smells truly fantastic, and the flavor follows right behind. Warming, peaty scotch notes blend well with the rich caramel and chocolate. There’s a moderate earthy hoppiness that works together with the peat as well. Vanilla is a primary highlight flavor. Medium-full bodied, this one goes down just a little hot and finishes sweet and sticky. This is a great scotch ale that, might even top its big brother, the Backwoods Bastard. Great brew.
dwyerpg (4703) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great scotchy malty aroma with a little smoke. Has a nice flavor, a bit of graininess in the finish. Quite nice.
keepersj12 (2814) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Founders is fast becoming one of my favorite breweries. This beer is very nice. Beautiful color with a small head. Sweet taste with a bitter finish leaves you wanting another.
bhensonb (11816) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Vinous, chocolatey, malty aromas. Color is sort of ruby or raisin, depending on thickness. Not much head at all. Some smokiness comes out. Near full bodied with creamy carbonation. Some heat, some toffee, and swear there’s a chocolate note. Some dark fruit aspects. There’s a fair amount going on with this. The finish is a mite malty, but there is some helpful hop. Damn impressive drink.
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
one of my all time favorites...finally got around to rating it...
really malty, but lacks that sticky sweetness that can be there...good hop bitterness to balance out...
Beerman6686 (4879) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy brown color. Aroma of of sweet malts and some nuts? Tastes very sweet hiding the alcohol very well.
illini4ever (23) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a ruby plum color. Smokey malt aroma. very pronounced alcohol.,was ok but a bit disappointing as a Scottish Ale. Tough finish. Will try again
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally got around to trying this one. What a mistake I should have much earlier. Do not be scared by the high alcohol. It has a great balance with alcohol and sweetness which make it dangerously drinkable.
dchmela (2731) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brownish red with a thick off white head. Aroma is thick and smoky malt with some sweetness. Taste has a little peat smoke in it with lots of malt. A sneaky strong beer, too. Somewhat like an 80 or 90 shilling style ale, but with a bit more carbonation. Finishes a little thick, but overall pretty nice.
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
nice dark brown color but the thin tan head only lasted a few seconds. smells very sweet and slightly smoky, sort of like a good bock. taste is sickly sweet and cloying. feels smooth and sticky going down. finishes a little bitter and some of that smoke finally emerges in the flavor. not terrible but if you are going to call it a Scotch ale it should at least have some earthy/smoky complexity.