Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared with the boys for Cellar Reduction #3. Well masked abv. Malty biscuit aroma and flavor with alcohol flavors. Massively malty and good for style.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with Butters and sixfootsix at the 3rd Cellar Reduction. Pours a light tan head with some orange to it. Body is deep amber with some ruby highlights. Smells of toasted malts and brown sugar. Tastes the same with a nice bitterness on the finish. I really enjoy the toasty nuttiness of this beer.
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2009 Very nice. Kind of an old ale. Dark hazy copper. A touch fruity in the nose but it moves on to a chocolate/caramel flavor. I was hoping for a dark rummy raisiny flavor but it wasn’t there. Still It was nice. Very smooth mouthfeel, rounded with light carbonation. Nicely heavy without overwhelming the palate. Plenty malt forward, with just a touch of leafy hop, without being overly sweet.
jkwalking05 (4606) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red color with a tan head. Scottish malts, maple, and caramel in the aroma. Strong alcoholic taste with a sweet malt and caramel in the finish.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 30, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hmmm...maybe Founders should get a new flagship. I found this beer to be too sweet for a Scotch Ale, and the number of malts used left the flavor muddled and unclear. The only good thing about this beer is its color.
mar (5256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
ruby brown pour with a khaki thick head. aroma of peat, fruit and smoke. very nice on the palate with a great smoked peat flavor, caramel and sugared fruit in the finish. pretty solid scotch ale though.
Merrill (79) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nearly cloudy brown pour with an even light brown head that fads nicely. Sweet whiskey aroma with spice and fermented fruit. Strong sweet scotch with solid bittering present a well balanced, if somewhat rough punch. This is one of my favorite beers and it nee ’it fails t’ astoond ye’! The finish is long and contains all the above as they slowly cave in on one abnother
slipy120 (81) - Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has a bitter aftertaste that of a stout. The color is very dark brown but not quite as dark as a dark stout. Claims to be scotch style ale but again the aroma is very stout like; which is not a bad thing. The head is very creamy in color but dissipates fast. While not one of the best beers I have had, it is still quite good.
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky scab brown with a tall, creamy peachy tan head that has great retention. Aroma is sweet grain, earthy hops, fresh cut wood, roast, slightly nutty. Flavor is peat smoke up front, lots of roast, maple, char, a touch of soghum, earthy and herbal hops, finishes char and bitter hops. A real Dirty Bastard of a brew.
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep copper color with a thin white head. Sweet hoppy aroma, nice. In the mouth the taste was refreshing and smooth, hoppy and dry. This flavor continued into the throat, but didn’t leave a bitter aftertaste.
n truth my original rating (written on the back of an envelope) finished here with a quick statement about this being a decent beer, but lacking something to make it memorable. However, ten minutes after I finished the first bottle I realized a warm sensation in my stomach and a fuzzy glowing feeling like I had just taken a stiff snifter of cognac. It was wonderful and calming. I sat for 30 minutes in this comfortably numb state of euphoria, leaving it and heading straight to bed, where I slept like a Cheshire cat.
This is definitely an interesting and wonderful concoction from the folks at Founders. Drink with caution and enjoy the mellowing effects. Cheers.