madvike (3260) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Pours rosy brown with a quickly-dissipating off-white head. Sweet and malty on the nose, with booze-soaked bread and a touch of smokiness. A little sharp. Interesting taste. Starts off same as the nose--sweet and malty, with some sour nuttiness. Kind of watery though, and not nearly as pungent as I’d expect. Finishes with a hop bite that’s quickly overtaken by a rubbing alcohol/nail polish note that’s neither warming nor smooth. It really ruins the beer, even though it was fairly unimpressive up to that point. Really missing the boat on this one. sigh_borg (97) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2013 12 oz bottle. Pours auburn-brown with a substantial head that disappears quickly. Aroma is smoky, caramel, malty. Taste is medium sweet. Body is medium, with good mouthfeel-- slightly thick, but not too much. Finish is mild with slight taste of alcohol. A hearty beer. Overall enjoyable, but not a beer I’d seek out again. (Or maybe I just don’t like Scotch Ales. Need to try more in this style and then re-rate.) rollinsr (745) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - MAR 9, 2011
Pours a dark and rich copper color with very little head. Smells like sweet roasted malts and honey and caramel. Taste is noticeably sweet and malty with a little yeasty bite. Alcohol esters become more apparent as beer warms up a bit. Beer finishes with a smoky caramel flavor. Petkus331 (389) - Redford, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Charred malt aroma with a hint of hops and brambles. Taste is a little tannic rather than bitter on the start, probably from wet hopping, then fades into a sweet roasted malt flavor followed by a nice oaky, and somewhat smoky Scotch presence, followed by a lingering but mellow hop bitterness. This brew’s texture is very nice, not syrupy or watery, somewhere in the middle with some enjoyable fizz and a silky feeling finish. The taste lingers for a while, a very good sipping beer. Very nice reddish/dark brown color, with awesome lacing, looks very appetizing. Very nice brew. TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle. Poured a murky orange brown. Nose is big and sweet hops. But the flavor although it is hoppy is way more complex. The hops blast you then the intense malt backbone kicks It in High gear. Butterscotch and hops. Sweet and bitter. Very nice.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Pours a reddish brown body. Deep and dark. Sweet with dark fruits, toffee, a rum-like alcohol burn. I didn’t really get the advertised hop in the close, but it was good without. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Sweet malty body with deep fruity flavors on the palate, complex aroma, very nice yearly offering, recommended vinobmo (16) - Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2011
The nose was smoky, dusty, fruity with additional hints of caramel and spice. The taste was spicy and fruity with the malt as more of an undertone. A smoky. lightly salty and almost acidic character shows on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is lush for the style and there is a minor alcohol presence detected during the swallow, but not overpowering. ajd6c8 (70) - USA - FEB 24, 2011
Generally not a fan of Scotch Ales, but this is one of the better ones I’ve had. Still a bit too much sweetness and alcohol presence as is par for the course for this style (pun intended). Yet in spite of that, this beer is very drinkable, not syrupy, and has a good hop presence. jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Catching up on ratings. One of my favorite Scotch Ales, and Founders never makes a crappy beer.