jlruthven (612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2012
2012 bottle. Pours dark, clear brown with ruby hints. Latte-colored head that dissipates pretty quickly. Big bourbon punch right up front, but quickly recedes and coalesces into the other elements: smoked peat, burnt toffee, bits of cherry and spice. Low carbonation, smooth mouthfeel. A little hot on the finish, but otherwise pretty great. jahshuwuh (567) - USA - NOV 11, 2012
Dark amber brown with a small off white head, that sticks around the rim. Smells of caramel and bourbon, oak and a tinge of earthiness. Sweet vanilla caramel taste that's pretty boozy, a little of the bourbon comes through and some spice at the finish. Very good sipper. Recommended.
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I kept trying to find something wrong with it, but I couldn't find anything. Really like drinking a fine spirit. Boozy, but balanced with soft hints of vanilla.
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A dark reddish brown beer with a medium tan head. The aroma is malty, vanilla, alcohol, and wood. The flavor is sweet malt with wood, alcohol, and bread. A nice creamy body, too. bwa5879 (945) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2015 12oz bottle from Kalamazoo megabev. Pour is dark brown like cola, reddish hues. Head is offwhite sort of orangeish looking, quarter inch high. Moderate lacing. Smells like alcohol, maple, supple leather and perhaps a hint of cheddar? Tingly mouth feel, fairly low carbonation. More maple and vanilla in the taste, then whiskey and honey, slightly bitter pine hops are detectable as well. Finish is scotch flavored and has an alcoholic burning tingle. Updated 23-May-2013: Bottle aged from October 2012 . Liquid appearance the same but no head. Smoother, sweeter aroma. Same scents just less harsh. Smoother flavor as well, bitter malts reminiscent of most scotch ales, even more vanilla and possibly less maple flavored than fresh. Definitely a little bit better.
21-March-2015: Appearance unchanged from last time. Aroma is deep dark fruits, bourbon, molasses, similar to previous but harsher than description. Mouthfeel not tingly but oily and creamy. Flavor is verging on grain alcohol. Wouldn’t recommend aging for 2.5 years.
Maddog (528) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Another kick ass brew from Founder’s. Are they the best brewery east of the Mississippi? Hmmmm. Big, huge, vanilla, oak, bourbon, spice and caramel. This beer is as good as it gets......love it. Corrinado711 (80) - - NOV 10, 2012
pours an amber red that is clear with no turbidity and a tan head. in my old Scotch aRoma with some vanilla and butterscotch. Taste is strong at first and is more boozy than dirty bastard. Real nice mouth feel Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2012
UPDATED: APR 15, 2013 Aromas of rich vanilla, butterscotch, peat, toffee, and caramel, with some mild alcohol. Deep, dark ruby with a minimal, beige head. Dry and strong with a roasty bitterness, and flavors of vanilla, bourbon, dried cherries, caramel, and alcohol. Medium bodied and smooth, uniform, with low carbonation and a boozey mouthfeel, finishing with notes of American oak/vanilla and whiskey liqueur. Complex and delicious. b33r (875) - Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Very dark brown color with zero head and minimal oily lacing. Aroma was sweet with bourbon and vanilla. Flavor was all smoky bourbon and light malts. Pretty good overall kimjongill (207) - - NOV 8, 2012
From 2012 bottle, fresh. Pours a deep, dark red, with almost no head. Aroma is good - very boubon heavy - but lacks complexity. The bourbon is still overly strong in the beer itself, but the scotch ale complexity hits in full force after the bourbon starts to die off, giving it a great finish. Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. This beer will probably age well to one or two years old and hit a nice sweet spot. I plan to put a four pack away.