Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to kryptic for this bottle. Red pour with thick tan head. Great lacing. Smoked malts with coffee and bittering hops. Taste is rich with nice malts and peaty flavors. Finish is clean and slightly bitter.
darkninja67 (40) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle- pours a hazy reddish brown color with a creamy tan head. Lacing lingers on the glass. Some alcohol noted in the taste along with caramel and malts. Pretty easy to drink and could have another. My first Scotch ale and it will not be my last. Very well done Founders.
Tessic (1027) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This scotch ale poured a deep red colour with a big smooth creamy light brown head. Scents include caramel, chocolate, ripe fruit and spice just name a few. First taste was creamy and sweet with flavours of burnt malts, strawberry jam, mineral water, ripe fruits...this could go on forever. The finish is slightly bitter with a grassy flavour and a almost oily mouthfeel. The palate is bitter with a flavour of Vermouth???
alexsdad06 (8441) - Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy deep mahogany color with a small disappearing tan head. The aroma is sweet caramel malt goodness with a hint of earthy peat and a whiff of alcohol. The flavor is heavy on the sweet caramel malt, a touch of fruitiness, very light smoke, earthy peat, and a touch of alcohol. There is a bit of bitterness in the finish. Medium to full bodied. Smooth and easy to drink.
fiulijn (18445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Hop Leaf, Chicago
Dark chestnut color. Good aroma of caramel, malt, hop. Full bodied, with a sweet flavor, mix of malt, caramel, some toffee, very good hopping, but powerful and aromatic; in the end there is some roasted malt too. Excellent American Strong Ale.
ilovedarkbeer (2698) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown color. Small head that turns into just a green ring quickly. Tastes like coffee and malt and brown sugar and smoke. Good brew hard to down.
thornecb (5371) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep garnet into a snifter. Thick tan head with excellent retention leaves sheet lacing as it slowly recedes. Smoky sweet aromas. Upfront caramel and full with a lasting sweet/sour/smoked hop finish.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - NOV 19, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had on tap at Perly’s Bakery in Easton, PA. Pours a clear golden copper color with not much head (not sure the guy pouring the pints knew what he was doing). Smells lightly of sugar and yeast and a slight cutting citrus, lemon maybe. Tastes like a golden ale with German hops. Not too exciting.
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark ruby brown with a brighter white head. The aroma is very malt heavy with notes of toffee/caramel and honey. The flavor is rich and sweet with a tangy smokiness to it that gives it a nice balance. Overall, there isn’t anything wrong with this beer, but it’s far from the most interesting thing that I have had recently.
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Map Room, Chicago. A nice tasting scotch ale. I personally thought it tasted a bit thin in the body-- wouldn’t mind it a little more chewy. Found the roast/smoke flavors as well as the hops to be very subdued. Nicely balanced, but wouldn’t mind tasting a little more aggressive version of this beer. Let’s take the gloves off this guy!