MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
cloudy dark rust color, short & quick tan foamy head. aroma is syrupy malt, some vinuous notes and a little whiskey/licorice. smells a little like a thin barleywine! mouthfeel starts thin and hoppy, then gets syrupy malty sweet and some light licorice. a dash of salt. biterish hoppy malt finish. mild "session scotch ale". thanks Styles for this one!
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 The body is brown with ruby highlights, on top of it thrones a thin light brown head. Very good aroma of caramel, smoked and earthy malt and alcohol, very appealing. Excellent flavor of rich smoked and earthy malt, thick caramel and alcohol, the finish is bitter. The body is thick and generous with a silky and creamy texture, the carbonation is low. This scotch ale has a good measure of balance and complexitty, great stuff, Founders is probably my favorite brewery discovered in 2005.
DocLock (7828) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to JPDIPSO for this one. I’m so tired of seeing "Scottish ales". It always pleases me to drink a true scotch ale, and this one was great. Pours muddy dark brown with a medium khaki head. Aroma of caramel malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit. The taste is roasty malty, with big chocolate, dark fruit, cognac, and port taste hints. Dense palate. This one is 2 parts strong scotch ale and a dash of barleywine thrown in for good measure.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brownish-red. Smells quite sweet, maple syrup, toffee, a bit of peatiness. Lots of sweet caramel and toffee, sugars are very pronounced here. A mite earthy and peaty, could use some more for more depth. Raisiny. Lots of alcohol, the abv is very assertive. Not particularly scotchy.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Pailhead. Malty and musty with some pastry sweetness. Brown with a red tinge to it. Razor thin head. You can feel the malts in your mouth it is so viscous. Tastes a bit like raisin bread, and toffe mashed up together though there is a disconcerting mustiness (peat malt) that doesn’t really compliment anything else the beer has to offer.
IndianaRed (2382) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle Poures a dark cloudy redish brown. Lots of suspended "floaties" Small light brown head and only a few wisps of lacing. Aroma is a tantalizing medly of sweet woody notes and vanilla, caramel and dark fruits. Flavor was similar but more bitter and woody. Late sharp bitter aftertaste. interesting but not quite what I hoped. Thanks to Pailhead for the bottle
ElGaucho (2201) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
GTM. Sweet, candy like aroma. Somewhat faint. Thick reddish, murky, dark, almost brown body with off-white head. Not much head. Unique flavor. Rich with some hops. Not quite as good as I was expecting, but still very solid.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2007 Pint at Barley Island - Aroma is malty with toffee and caramel. Pours muddy brown with a small head and good lacing. Flavor is milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, peat and a hop snap. Palate is creamy and crisp with a sticky finish. A tasty brew I’m glad I revisited.
Original rating 6/3/6/4/15=3.4 - 12oz - Malty aroma with carmel, toffee, and raisin. Poured a deep reddish-brown with a small head and little lacing. Flavor is sweet malt, carmel, toffee, raisin, and a touch of chocolate. A bit astringent. Palate is thick and chewy, not smooth like it should be. Not a bad scotch ale, but doesn’t quite hit the mark.
ABUSEDGOAT (2359) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown body with no head. Caramel, alcohol, malt, and some more - it’s strong. Reminds me of a barley wine. Flavor is the same with a high alcohol flavor.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Couleur ambrée aux reflets rouge foncé. Mousse beige pale et persistante, adhérant aussi à la paroi du verre. Arômes difficilement perceptible. Malt et sucre semblent être en bon terme, puis arrivent l’alcool avec ces réminiscences de raisin sec, passant par le jus de raisin sucré. Faible réchauffement occasionné par l’alcool en finale. Corps d’épaisseur moyenne, texture sirupeuse, faible carbonatation. Une étrange création. Servi en fût Chez Ashsley’s, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Juillet 2005.