nihtila (1167) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
31.10.2014. Dark reddish brown, brownish head. Intense sweet caramel aroma with wood, dark fruits, oak, toffee. Taste is sweet caramel malts, toffee, dark fruits, sth smoky. Quite full and intense, great brew.
schwabtana (21) - Madison Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured 12oz bottle. Pours dark with a hint of red, nice head with good lace. Founders never disappoints very good Scotch Ale!
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demannu (87) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 11, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Typically like founders’ beers. This one however did not do it for me. Can’t quite put my finger on it. Something in the finish just turns me off. Comes across somewhat sour with a smoked bitterness that builds as you drink it. . Based on other reviews, I’ll chalk this up to not liking the style more than it being a bad beer.
djd07 (4938) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is smoke, booze, caramel. Thin mouth, caramel, dark fruits, sweet finish, light booze, very good.
biirusaikou (900) - - MAR 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Tipping Point. Toffee, dry plum, nutty cereals, quite low carbonation, hints of alcohol, bittersweet finish. Decent scotch ale but a bit too heavy for my liking.
hohops (434) - Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance is a dark, murky brown, a foamy beige covering is all that emerges in the way of a head. Aroma- lots of sweet caramel and toffee, fudge, vanilla, chocolate and coffee cake, fruit cake, marzipan, almond, sweet malts, malt loaf, golden syrup. Taste- lots of delicious caramel sweetness, toffee, Christmas cake, burnt treacle, malty, vanilla undertones, caramel shortcake. Sweet, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Very tasty indeed.
tekstr1der (101) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep mahogany pour with thin, clingy white head. Aromas of fruit, yeast, and bread with some wine-like quality. Flavors are many - prune, toast, cooked sugar. So smooth and malty. This is just great.
Alengrin (2815) - BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well-known American interpretation of the ’wee heavy’ Scotch style, with deep yellowish beige, moussy, stable head and lightly hazy, dark wine red colour. Aroma indeed strongly resembles the Scottish examples of the style, with impressions of cookie dough, chocolate milk, brown rhum, caramel candy, hazelnut oil, almond, stewed pears, overripe plums, brown sugar, burning leaves, toasted bread, liquorice, subtle hints of orange liqueur, elderberry syrup, mint, cloves, acacia honey, wet leather, some damp cloth or wet paper. Rounded, sweet and fruity onset, hint of brown sugar, pear, fig, prunes, accompanied by a subtle sourish touch; soft carbonation, tingling just a little bit, paired with a smooth, velvety, full mouthfeel, deeply malty middle phase, caramelly in a slick and noble way, chocolatey touch, slightly nutty, with a subtle hint of roasted bitterishness in the end, but remaining subdued and not becoming coffee-like; finish also shows leafy and somewhat peppery hop bitterness as well as a fair deal of warming, liqueurish alcohol, which nevertheless stays very subtle and smooth, with only a warming effect and not becoming too astringent at all; the initial sweetness persists as well, but is in perfect balance with the bittering flavours and does not become boring or cloying at all. Very noble, well-crafted and balanced example of this style, which is not really my favorite, but in this form I can highly appreciate it.
StuartC (56) - Lochgilphead, Argyll, SCOTLAND - FEB 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Fyne Wines, Argyll. Dark amber-brown with short lasting brown head; Very rich aromas of dark chocolate, espresso/coffee cake and boot polish with earthy, clove & star anise spices and hints of dried apple; Full bodied with a slightly creamy texture; Same flavour as with Aromas but more bitterness and more salinity. Big flavours, but big alcohol also! Only downside is the building bitterness and salinity as the glass empties.
ghendrix (131) - Cardiff, WALES - FEB 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark honey brown, finger of creamy head. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, a little fruit, honey. Really good, balanced malt budget! Nothing is overpowering. Taste is medium-strong sweet, light-medium bitter. Medium-heavy body. Love this one.