JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark copper color with a hint of ruby when held to the light. Smaller, but appropriate beige head. Shared a bottle with a friend last night and we both concurred this is good, we’ll need to get some more. StewardofGondor nails the aromas, but there is more in a less analytical sense. I do envision the sea port, with the scents of dock wood, soaked in sea water and fresh and even a hint of not so fresh cod swims about. You walk into the port saloon and The scents of english pipes, whiskey, strong ales and the thick perfume of the "waitresses" flow and cling to the nostrils. I really do think I was born in the wrong age. Thick and lightly silky in feel. Sweet caramel, malt, figs, pineapple, coconuts all gather together an embrace the mild cask wood. The finish is light, with mild peat and a dry malt hint. Two brews in one night that would be perfect for fall or winters night. I really am not complaining. I’ll take new "good" brews anytime.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Brown pour with very little head. Aroma has some serious alcohol sweetness, a little bourbon but not much. I really didn’t pick up that it was bourbon aged untill I saw the editor’s note. There is some fruitiness and something that reminded me of a christmas beer that I couldn’t quite place. The flavor is quite sweet, with some mollasas/caramel, and some nice warming from the alcohol. It is very, very drinkable I found myself plowing through it pretty quickly before I remembered it was almost 10%.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Fresh bottle. Hazy and murky with a dirty ruby-caramel-brown color. Big tan sawdust concentration spans the head, and we’ve got a thick, clinging tan wrung with lovely lacing tracts as we go. Aroma revels in amarillo intoxication, melding longingly with sweet chewy amaretto nougats, a pistachio-pine combo, strawberry shortcake, cherry fig neutons with sugary single malt scotch injected into the fruit filling, cherry wax chews and bubblegum. Hot flavor reservation seeps in seductively, mirroring and miring the aroma. Spiced rum, banana-rye bread and a woody bourbon tract. Peppery amaretto toffee chews and delicatessen Disaronno bubblegum. Maplewood and gentle toasty accents of coconut aid sentiments of greased bing cherries. Sticky palate persona, with the tongue melding to the roof of the mouth and then recessing to a smidgeon of palate numbing. Gentle bitterness supports a huge malt bill with dead-on carbonation. That bitterness and alcohol line the center tongue groove while whisky & rye and flame-licked oak bring out the finish. This might be this brewery’s best foot forward. A masterful demonstration of complexity, and such an original work of art.
Sammy (8033) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at Pizza Plant Transit. It was so good it was as if it was brewed right here. Dark boddy with thin head. Stouty roast aroma. Hoppy and spicy. Medium-full body. I like the style, it’s more drinkable than a barleywine. The understated carbonation at this location does it justice.
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ the Brew Kettle: Dark copper w/ a lasting off white head. Alcohol, caramel and lemony hops with hints of roast fading in and out. A little bit of Old Spice from the guy sitting next to me intermingles with the toasted malts that get stronger with warmth. Well balanced with a dry finish for a big beer. Caramel flavor, citrusy hop lingering into the finish and aftertaste. Toasted and bready malts as it warms in between. Moderate esters. Aftertaste is toasted malt and citrusy hop. Full body, lower carbonation w/ a well hidden alcohol. Very smooth. Needs to age some for a true old ale, but very good and barleywinish for now, will probably improve with age.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2006 BOTTLE RATING: a fine brew, but a bit dissapointing for an old ale...too much bourbon, too little caramel...just way too boozy
TAP RATING 29 AUGUST 2005finally the curmudgeon has risen....a dark brown body (color of a chesnut in the light)...aroma is wonderful...full of sweet malts, grapefruit hops...flavor isnt quite as expected with an old ale...full of piney hops, some sweet malts, and a bite that is common in their Dirty Bastard and Devil Dancer...i agree with silphium as well...his rating is right on the money
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AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’ve been seeing this on their website and posters on the wall of the brewery for a long time now, so it was finally nice to see it on tap. Creamy head. Deep brown/ruby color. Pine sap aroma. A little lighter in body than say, a Bells Third Coast OA. Very palatable, tastey offering. But, I agree with Silp in that this is nothing too out of the ordinary for this brewery.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2006 Bottled version, rated 3 May 2006.The "official" version of Curmudgeon Old Ale is finally in bottles, and has been given the bourbon treatment. Sediment-laden orange-red body, thin off-white head. Strong oak and vanilla bourbon aroma, with candyish sweet malts and alcohol notes. The flavor is woody, leathery, and a hint salty, but the underlying malts are indistinct and merely serve as a sweetish wash on the tongue underlying the oak notes. There’s a little bit of bubblegum on the palate that lends slight interest to an otherwise messy beer. Oh, well. Founders has mostly hits and a few misses, and, unfortunately, this is in the latter category.
On tap at Founders after a long wait! Deep reddish-brown body, medium cream head. Indistinct aroma of sweet, candyish malts with hints of hops bitterness. Served too cold. Surprisingly bitter, piney flavor with rather nondescript sweet malts (hints of berries, cherry), caramel, and toast, but not with the intense focus on the malt bill as suggested in the official description. The finish was bitter with strong grapefruit rind. I expected a bigger caramely body, perhaps with raisins, prunes, or figs, but that was just a dream, just a dream, just a dream...in any case, this is decent sipping material, but, if you’ve tried their I2PA, Devil Dancer, and Dirty Bastard, you’ve pretty much explored the territory this beer navigates.
July 2005 tap (non barrel-aged) version: 7-4-7-3-13 (3.4).