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 (3166) - 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 (6064) - 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 (4905) - 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.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A musky glowing russet brown with a slim capping of tanned froth. Keeps a good collar with a few straggly branched arms of lace sticking across the glass.
Astounding aroma of maple, honey, oak soaked bourbon. Heavy, heavy, inviting as hell, warm whiskey tone to this sucker. Wow. Wonderful.
Smooth and warming with a good source of whiskey tones behind some maple, honey, vanilla, and white grape accents. Tenderly toasted malt background but huge in malted girth and warmth of gooey rich and thick caramel, maple, toffee, and minor fruityness all encompassed by one very nice powering warmth of whiskey oaken woodyness. No real finishing qualities however as it slides off the back end with an unwanted speed before the warmth sets in with just a slight backburst of crisp vanilla and left over whiskey wood.
Feel is warm, and more warm, and more warm. Strange how some beers with more then 9.3% seem to have no omff while this screams it. Big, bold, and beautiful; rich, smooth, and full. The only set back is the forementioned finish which is escapingly ghostly and parting in a manner that throws a curve in its overall, powering presence.
Be that as it may, that is what makes this quite a drinkable, dandy treat. For if it were all but power and strength, this would not be as easy to handle and may as well just be whiskey at that point.
A very nice Old Ale. Fulfilling and dreamy.
pootzboy (1590) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Something special for a great warmer on this cold October evening.
Poured an opaque dark brown ale in the glass with a 1 finger tan cap that reduced to a surface clinging lace .
Aromas of dark dried fruits, mustiness oak barreld whisky.
Thick malt spine, oily mouth feel, rich complex boozy character.
Up front you chew on some thick date muffins then a rush of complex layered flavors: raisins, vanilla with coconut, white chocolate, cherries in brandy over the smokey oak -earthy musty tones...finishes up long and wet where the hops attack the complexity and the alcohol shows up, the result is near an oak barreld burbon flavor in the finish.
This ale delivers quite a lot of strength and flavor and comes off like a burbon whisky flavored barley wine....very nicely done.
My sample was fairly young but I bet some time in the cellar would really mellow this and bring out even more complexity