Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2003
Dark red/brown in color with a decent brown head. The aroma shows a nice malt profile. Sweet fruit, caramel and toffee dominate. A light hop kick in the finish rounds a decent scottish ale. HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2003
Very dark rose color and opaque. Very sweet taste and you can taste the high alcohol content. There is some hops flavor but, a very small amount. daboskabouter (1469) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
Dark red. Faint nose of fresh fruit. Thick sweet malty body, alcohol, finishes hoppy. Unlike any scotch ale I"ve had, aroma is unlively, but the flavors come together well, maybe a little sweet. MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2003 Reddish-brown in color, has a huge foamy clingy off white head that leaves a clingy blacing in my glass, has a sweet fruity, bready and citrusy hoppy aromas. Nice sweet fruity cherry flavors balanced with alot of hops, nice bitter finish, medium body with a smooth creamy mouthfeel, pretty damn good. igneous1 (1538) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 28, 2002
color is deep amber, no head. aroma is very fruity with underlying hoppiness. bit of smokiness too. flavor is fruity with a lot of cherry character.
hopscotch (11329) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2006 Bottle... This beer rocks!...Crystal clear, ruby ale. Small, creamy off-white head. Earthy, sweet, peaty, chocolatey, vineous, alcoholic aroma and flavor. In other words, It’s as a Scotch ale should be. Full-bodied and oily with mild carbonation. Sweet, malty-as-all-hell, red hot finish. Terrific! A big THANKS to growler for the bottle! DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2002
brown and red take turns in the color as the head dissapears on top and settles to almost nothingness..aroma had notes of cherry toffee and cough syrup..strange malts like melted toffee ontop of unripe cherries...turpintine and scraped whiskey barrels and smoked peat and what not..i started to ponder things and felt myself being trapped in a nutshell, saying to myself 'this is me in a nutshell'..there's a bitterness here that plays of the subtle smoke, cherry, and toffee so amazingly..its superb..its salty..its dirty! bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2002
reddish brown color, with minimal head, smoky malt taste, sweet and very smooth, tad bitter in the finish, not bad Re-Rate 12/7/02 This was much better than last time, got some interesting flavors which were hard to finger, malty, and the description of the bottle is well worth reading. I'm upping this a few points AlabastorJones (815) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2002
UPDATED: APR 3, 2003 Remarkably smooth for such a dark ale, my favorite scotch ale to date. Be careful though it goes down real smooth, almost too smooth for something at %8.3. The first time I had this I didn't realize just how high the percentage was until I read the side of the box after my 5th. I think its safe to say that this is my favourite brew from Founders. raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2002
Dark mahogany,with a thin,rocky,consistent head.Very pretty lacework.Aromas of alcohol,nuts,and grain.No shortage of hops in the aroma either.Alcohol is quite dominant.Palate is soft but,no lacking.Flavor is more promising than aroma leads to believe.Malty,rummy,brown sugar flavors.Finish is deeply warming with a floral hop tingle and a spicy alcohol wallop. Good,strong,clean tasting beer but a little out of the Scottish style.