porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle via trade with OhioDad, thanks Scott!) Has a sort of unique spiciness...Pours murky dark brownish orange with a thin biege head that melts quickly to mostly a ring around the edge. Has an aroma of sweet malt, some alcohol and strong spice presence - was driving me nuts trying to figure out the spice aroma. Some fine webby lacing. Mouthfeel smooth, pretty full. Flavor strongly influenced by the spice (clove, perhaps) and some sweet brown sugary malt. Makes me think of a barleywine but for the spice. Some alcohol burn. Full-flavored, pretty heavy-duty beer.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Whiskey cider aroma. murky sienna beer with no head. whiskey malt honey cider coriander momís spice rack old saltyballs and fruity flavors. lasting tasy finish. superb.
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale
12 oz bottle
Bottled 03/05 (?), grouched over 10/06
Medium pour in a snifter
Poured murky brown with a small beige fizzy quickly diminishing head and minimal ring of lacing.
Smelt strongly of raisins, figs, brandy, and light tutti frutti.
Taste was upfront strong sweet apple, candied fruits, figs and raisins, with a hint of spiciness, maybe cloves, followed by a moderate sweet sherry with hints of perfumey hops on an average finish that is reminiescent of dried apricots, with a light bitter grassy kick. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, silky, softly carbonated, and light cozy alcoholic warmth and slight astringency.
Overall, the flavors and aroma are out of this world. The malt is showcased very admireably but well balanced. Very light feeling for such a strong abv. I want another!
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour of rubied chocolate amber, with a rim of off-white. Aroma is a perfumed, delicated flow of candied plums, raisins, prunes, fig syrup and date husks. Wafting and intoxicating aroma,with a dose of alcohol nip for an enticing effect creating a truly inviting beer. The flavor is another world, with these sweet aged fruits coalescing with tawny aged brandy notes and a full stream of fresh warm cream. Delicate, refined and pure ambrosia, this beer has balance in finest forms. The alcohol is nary too hot, only lightly toasting the humours for an awakening sense. A dose of euro hop dry balance draws out long on the refined sugar smack. Excellent and absolutely delightful.
HogTownHarry (5977) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with biegaman, my bottle. Poured deep murky umber with a minmal head. Aroma of bourbon, alcohol, oak resin, sweet roast malt and something a little sour, like green sour fruit or something. Tastes ... the same, even more vanilla/bourbon sweetness, almost like a screwdriver (the DRINK) made with bourbon with a dash of pure vanilla extract - a pretty cloying finish, really, but woody and thereís complexity there for sure. Thick sticky mouthfeel, no much carbonation, extremely complex estery/boozy finish - very well made but Iím just so bourbon-weary right now I just couldnít finish.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 10, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Ruby cherry color, no head or lacing. Nose of light sweet rhubard and spruce, nice light hops and a big or high gravity earth note and nice chewy grass; some licorice. Nice complex woody malts, light hops, fruity ethanol. Finsihes chewy. Good.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper body, soapy light tan head. Aroma seems off. Perfumey vanilla coke and expired run-of-the-mill APA hops. Flavor is lightly smoked malt, some vanilla, and bad, slightly astringent hopping in the background. They seem German, and past their time. The hop character I keep referring to is a flavor in lighter APA-type beers that sit on a shelf for a few months longer than they should. I bought this beer I think about 4-5 months ago, and while it has held up well, I question if that flavor is a sign of hops going in a bad way. It has a pretty full flavor and is complex enough, I just have a hard time getting over that hop.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Murky brown hue. Thin membrane of off-white head. Aromas of sweet cherries, tart and sour fruit, cocoa and soggy cookies. This is nice. Malty and cola. What is this...? Something hits me in all the good places! Vanilla? Oak? Woody? Smokey? This is good! Really good! Old Ale? Sign me up. Sugary sweet but with a coffee note that only lingers for a second. Bitter, from the coffee and bittersweet chocolate malts, to the grapefruity hop finish. Grassy? Ginger? Floral? What is going on? What am I tasting? Adjunct? Cocoa? But the flavor is so good. Cooked sugar? Cookies? Anise? Tart fruits. Damn good. Complex and delicious. It kept me guessing all night long and loving every minute of it!
kramer (4589) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, via Mikemac. Pours a dark brown with a ruby glow and a good amount of tiny floaties under a small beige head that faded to a creamy film. Aroma is thickly malty with lots of toffee and caramel, and some light bourbon notes. Some dark fruits, raisins, figs, and alcohol. Flavor is all malt again with some smoke, yeast alcohol, raisins, figs, and plums. The finish is warming and fruit laden. Really a pretty minimal impact from the barrell aging I would say. Mouthfeel is full bodied and quite chewy with nice soft fine carbonation. Texture is just shy of syrupy. Overall, this was a fine Old Ale, but I really didnít get a great deal of bourbon from this, but I guess that might not be a bad thing, as the underlying beer was great all by itself.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Murky brown body with a loose one finger head. Nose-buttery and a warm smell I canít place (popcorn maybe?). Taste-butter light bourbon, melon, buttered popcorn, jelly beans, heavy cream, light alcohol, light wood, very creamy mouthfeel. Just an excellent blend of buttery goodness, caramel, and sweet alcohol. Just the right amount of sweetness. A true joy to drink.