finn1918 (145) - Georgia, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle was a bit past its prime, so take that into account. Pours a deep mahogany with a 1-finger tan head and some sediment due to the bottle’s age. Aroma is of caramel and smoke. Taste is the same, but more yeasty. Overall decent, but would have been better if it was more fresh. Doesn’t hold up to long-term storage well.
Steverus0 (71) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A definitively complex malty beer. There is actually so much going in with the malts here that I don't quite know what to think.
There is a lot of red Scottish character here... A depth of ruby character so ingrained that I wonder what I used to call a red before meeting the bastard.
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fidemaster (217) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is fresh baked bread with toffee cookies baking. It pours a deep rich red amber. Starts off a sweet, candy like flavor. It has a nice balance of hops and malts to keep its well balanced. It has a sharp coffee/bitter finish. Its very complex and a great beer. I would have liked it more if it did not have as bitter of a finish.
WeissGary (174) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Another of my Founders haul I managed to get in Scotland! This is a lovely beer, very much brewed in the Scottish ’wee heavy’ style but with an interesting and smooth style. Dark ruby red body, little to no head, warm syrupy malt aroma, quite a thick tasting beer, classic Scotch rough taste with a sweet highlight, interesting clean malt/hop finish, leaving a sugary taste at the back of the tongue. If this beer is bringing back the Scotch style with a twist, then tonight in Scotland its like being visited by a much welcomed lost cousin! Very good!
LicoriceKing (30) - DENMARK - MAY 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep ruby red. Aroma: Caramel, malt, alcohol, raisins and chocolate. Taste: Very noticable spicy alcohol notes, raisins, caramel, chocolate, rye, coffee and a slight hoppy bitterness. Smooth palate. This is an amazing scotch ale, really delicious and dangerously drinkable.
chalicemaster (35) - Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an absolutely wonderful shade of red, it’s a shame it’s not a better food-accompanying ale because aesthetically it would look great with a nice meal. It tastes somewhat tamer than you might be expecting, with a very silky mouth-feel. It starts out quite boozy, but the complex profile grows as you drink more while still maintaining a very nice ’warming’ sensation from the high ABV. There are hints of chocolate and coffee (the aroma really makes you brace for harsh coffee) but they’re actually quite subtle and work extremely well with the wonderful yeast/malt aftertaste that is slightly reminiscent of a Belgian strong ale. Given the alcohol content and rich flavours involved, this is very drinkable.
BrownALEx (140) - Portland, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: smells of spice and malt greet the nose. A: pours a dark maroon with an off white head. T: rather malty with a small spice note. Small hint of alcohol also detected. P: good medium bodied beer. O: this is a great beer to enjoy a pint every once in awhile.
Juseq (78) - FINLAND - MAY 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma has plums, dates, roasted malts and oak with a hint of smoke. Taste has the dark fruits, blackberries and smooth maltiness. Aftertaste is peated and somewhat bitter. A bit too much alcohol after the aftertaste. After the alcohol fades a nice plum and date fruity flavor remains. A bit off yeasty flavor while swallowing. A mouthwatering brew, surprisingly good and multilayered! After drinking more the dark malts make a bull and bland flavor that I somewhat dislike. Otherwise nice.
kalervo (453) - FINLAND - MAY 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderful ale! Strong, unique, well balanced, still quite "easy" to drink. Some porter-like roastiness in the aftertaste.
tympanic (131) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
When I hear "scotch ale", my mouth doesn’t usually water. Until now. I’m so pleased that I decided to pick up a six-pack of this from the deli tonight. Yeasty, bitter, sweet, balanced, smooth. Founders is an excellent brewery.
sjohnny (260) - - MAY 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Malt, fruit and yeast aroma. Pours a dark amber with moderate off white head. Burnt sugar, spice. Dark fruit sweetness. Medium bodied with a hop hit on the finish and a lingering warmth.