FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Nice beer. Doesn’t have that maple syrup taste that I hate (present in a lot of scotch ales and barley winws). Fruity ans smokey as well; although not terribly complex. joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 21, 2011
12 oz bottle poured at home. Beautiful translucent ruby color around the edges, becomes mahogany through chocolate brown in the center. A gorgeous beer. Aroma is smoked and roasted malts, peat, robust caramel, and a touch of vanilla. Rich, smokey, peaty malts form the body of the beer’s taste. Some caramel and vanilla swirls on the edges. It’s held together by a bit of floral hops. The best touch of barnyard flavor floats in, too. Wonderful palate -- the beer briefly sits heavy and robust, then slides away, cleansed by the touch of hops. Nicely done. savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 15, 2011
12 oz bottle. Clear brownish/red with a small beige head. Aroma is toffee, bread dough, caramel and some smoke. Flavor is very malty with a medium sweetness, light acidic smoke and no noticeable hop bitterness. Medium to full body with soft carbonation and a thick, slightly syrupy mouth feel. Another great beer from Founders, solid example of the style. dasbieristgut (4) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2011 does not count
This is a tasty beer if you like scotch. It is a good mix of a beer taste with a hint of scotch. jw0406 (1285) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
1i2 oz bottle pours a dark ruby color with a thin off white head. Aromas of
caramel, sweet malt, earthy. Medium bodied, light carbonation, smokey finish
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours a cloudy amber color, beautiful in the light. Aroma is subtle, with hops up front, and peat notes. Flavor is very complex, with malt up front, a subtle peat flavor in the middle, and a surprising aftertaste of bitter hops. Kind of an abrupt finish, but not unpleasant. After a couple of these, I feel like Piltdown Man, ready to relax in a bog. hopsbreath (24) - St Helens, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2011
The label on this one was in red plaid with a menacing looking Scots Man wearing a newsboy cap and sneering. The label stated it had 50 IBU’s and 8.5% alcohol and was bottled on 12-9-2009. After an agressive pour I only managed the single finger of pale beige head that faded to minimal lacing. The beer itself was a deep mohagany color and very inviting looking. The aroma was quite muted but did impart some slight pineapple smell. The flavors on this one truely set it off. There was the afore mentioned pineapple from the nose, some dark cherry, banana, and the scotch/peet smoke that is typical of this style. There also was just enough hops to balance out the malt back bone and lend a little bitterness. The alcohol was very well hidden but started to warm after 2-3 gulps. Mouthfeel was virtually perfect. Not to thick or thin which made for excellent drinkability. Overall this is a very nice example of scotch ale, but the high alcohol content catches up after only 2 beers.
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Bottle/12oz - Pours a dark reddish amber in color with ruby highlights when held to the light and a very small off-white head that faded to almost nothing. Low carbonation. Aroma is slightly sweet with a fair amount of dark fruits, some caramel/toffee and just a bit of alcohol as the beer warms. Flavor is slightly sweet with some hop bitterness and a bit of floral hop flavor. Dark fruits and slightly smokey. Medium palate. Really good... BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 19, 2011
I know that I’ve had this about four or five times before (I had a bottle on a shelf in my old house). Anyway, bottle thanks to SS. Pours with a hazy bronze hued body with a small but retentive head that is pro lace. Aromas are super malty, brown sugar, caramelization, melanoidin, dark fruits, medium to light smoke, pretty clean yeast wise. Crackery and a bit biscuity on the malt. Flavors seem to be a touch on the older side, light oxidation (cardboard), and a bit of an odd bitterness (style wise). Dark fruits, raisins, melanoidin, brown sugar. Clean. Light smoke. Drier than I remember this beer. Lighter carbonation. Medium to full bodied, oddly bitter in the lasting duration. Quite bitter for a scotch ale. Minimal alcohol presence felt. keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle dated 5/14/2011 into a tulip glass.
A: Deep red/maroon/brown beer with a tan foamy head that retains it’s shape and size. Nice looking beer.
S: Mostly malty and bready, not much picked up here through the nose.
T: Big malty flavor up front with hints of fruits and fruits coming through.
M: Medium carbonation with a rather thick body.
O: A decent beer, I remember it tasting a little better than this, but it’s not a bad beer just not as complex and interesting as I remember.