strap (955) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - MAR 31, 2011
deep mahogany pour with little head. brown sugar aroma. bold taste, dark fruit, brown sugar or caramel...maybe some biscuits. powerfully malty. strong alcohol warming feel. very good...my favorite so far of this style. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
12oz bottle poured into my De Struise glass... As it pours into the glass it looks like a bright copper, but this settles a deep mahogany. A light tan head rises a few fingers at first then settles to full finger cap. I’m skeptical of this retention as the head looks very watery and light, not full enough for me. Very light lacing... The aroma is really too light, toffee on the front mostly, some light scotch notes on the back, not much going on. As it warms lots of peat comes through. Actually, this needs to warm quite bit out the fridge, really starts to open up and is very pleasant...The taste is a bit of let down for me. There is a scotch backbone that really dominates, too spirit like. Very chewy. Malt characters is gone.
This is so-so, get if you’re a scotch ale fan, but I’d pass in the future. jandd1983 (4550) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Sampler at the pub. It poured a reddish brown and had a white head. The aroma was malty and a bit smoky. The taste was malty, chocolatey, some grass and a little bittereness. A decent Scotch Ale. jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2011
This is good. Had this on tap at the public house in peoria. Sweet and tasty. I think I like alittle more Smokey malts. Slight bourbonisque thing going on. cubs (10693) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle @ Flying Saucer. Dark brown appearance with a creamy tan head. Nice caramel Scottish malty nose. Very sweet malty caramel malty beer. Very sweet flavor with bit of nuttiness. Strong alcoholic and sugary finish.
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2011
A rich copper pour with little head. It started off sweet with a nice smokey finish. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2011
A - Pours a slightly clear ruby-amber color with about a finger of off-white head. The head fairly quickly reduces to a nice ring with some nice lacing.
S - The aroma is a very pungent sweet carmel malt. There are also some brown sugar and roasted elements also. There is also some booze in the nose.
T - Starts off with some deep dark fruit flavors and some of the malty carmel sweetness. Through the middle the carmel malt flavor gets a bit stronger and is joined by just a bit of hop flavor also. The finish is a mix of the carmel sweetness, the dark fruit flavors, and just a touch of booze, brown sugar, and bitterness that lingers. Nicely balanced.
M - Medium to heavy bodied with fairly low carbonation. Fairly think and almost creamy overall, but still smooth. Finish is just a tad dry and a tad syrupy.
D - Fairly drinkable. Very rich beer and a lot of flavors going on. Thankfully, the flavors are well balanced are work very well together. Not a beer to gulp down, and with the high abv (8.5 %) it is a very enjoyable beer at a bit of a slower pace. N0AH (32) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Morning, just another daymadvike (3292) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Founders beer will pass my way
Looking in my glass
I see a Dirty Bastard
I never realized
the Scotch style you mastered, oh Founders
Well you came and you gave without taking
but I drank you away, oh Founders
well you filled me and stopped me from thirsting
I need you today, oh Founders
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.)