BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2005 Bottle courtesy of styles: Appears brown until held up to the light, where it shines deep ruby. Tiny tan head. Has a sweet & rich malty nose with notes of caramel, milk chocolate, very mild alcohol, and a surprising fruity hops notes barely discernable in the background. This fruit scent smells like a combination of pine/banana/cherry/apple/blueberry. Taste is initially very heavy and malty, followed by a hint of alcohol, berries, pine, chocolate, dense wet earth, apple, chalky dark malt. Finish is chalky caramel, chocolate, light berries, stale malt (though not in a bad way). Once again, Founders has a near-perfect palate & carbonation.
TheBeerGod (5284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Another one sent to me by joeybgood. Pours bronze with a small fluffy tan head. Nose is malted milk chocolate blended with light hops and peaty notes. Light caramel as well. Taste is alcohol, more caramel, light smoke, creamy, sweet malts, and light earthiness. Body is medium with mild carbonation and medium alcohol warmth. Finish is more caramel, milk chocolate, alcohol, and light peatiness. Nice beer!
shadey (1904) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2005 Dark ruby color with no head. Malty alcohol aroma. Nice "scotch" aroma. Smooth mouthfeel. A little too much alcohol in the aroma for my taste but still pretty nice.
Tmoney99 (10816) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at brewery. Dark red color with medium reddish head. Aroma is mix of malt with smoke. Flavor is very complex and solid. Malt, hops and earth tone. Strong finish.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear ruby with a dense light tan head. Nice light fruity sweet caramel and light earthy aroma. Very nice flavor, full fruity with just the right amount of sweetness balanced with an earthy peatness. Full soft body. A very, very nice Scotch Ale.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby color with a decent sized, late forming head. Aroma is hella malty, sweet caramel, hearty earth notes, and very full bodied. Flavor is on the same par, very sweet and smooth malt complex, low hop action and just all around wonderful to taste. The taste has a subtle blend of grape, cherry, and all sorts of glorious complex malt flavor.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich dark brown color with a frothy light tan head with thin lacing. Aroma is full of sweet caramel malt, a touch of peat, and a nice hoppy balance. Body is full and malty with a nice light smokiness and good sweet balance and nice authenticity. Finishes semi-dry and toasty while hiding the alcohol well. A nice Scotch ale!
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity, dark, malty aroma has a light note of peat malt. Amber-brown with thin but lasting off-white/tan head that recedes to cover. Alcohol, strong orange/pine earthy resinous hops. Nice supporting malt base and some strong fruity esters. Medium body is smooth in texture with engaging carbonation. Sampled at the Extreme Beer Festival 2005.
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft, EBF: Superb reddish brown. Light lasting off-white head. Strong malty aroma, very peaty, but almost predominantly hoppy as seems to be the standard at Founders. Deep earthiness lets way for lots of fruits (cherries, grapes etc). Orangey hop flavours are a bit too upfront, fighting off the earthy malts. Obvious alcohol presence. Creamy texture, medium body, pleasant mouth presence.
heemer77 (5104) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2006 Trying this one again, thanks to iowaherkeye for the bottle. The aroma has some toffee and chocolate with some notes of good tobacco. The taste is very boozy with some hints of burnt walnuts and caramel. There is also some light smoke. Not as sweet as the other samples I tried. There is also some prune taste in the finish. A decent, but not great beer. Original rating follows. Dark brown with some red on the edges with the light. A very thin slightly yellow colored head. The aroma is toffee and caramel. Also some walnuts. The taste has toasted malts and toffee. Hints of mint and some bread crust. A medium nouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. The sweetness of the malt is a little cloying. It gets sweeter as you drink it.