kevinator (1324) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice sipping beer. Hints of sweet malt and oak. Pretty copper color with a thin head. Smooth character with some heft. Flavors matched the aromas with a slight burnt flavor at the finish. A little boozy.
Knilas (22) - Sidney, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice pour! Great flavor, although I thought it could be a lil more balanced. Looks awesome in the glass, and held up well to the cigar I was smoking that evening. That?s a plus for me!
B23hopkins (5) - Owensville, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2015 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer, great choice for a late night drink. A must beer to try after a bad day at work!
rok1024 (1239) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - JUN 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown reddish appearance, medium head. Strong malty and barley aroma, rich taste, smooth with alcohol well hidden. Very rounded and enjoyable.
UrbanCaveman (167) - Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2015
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle, poured into an oversized wine glass at ~45 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours a mostly clear ruddy amber, and forms almost no head. What does form vanishes completely in short order, in a puff of fizzing.
Smell: The aroma is subtle, barely there, likely due to the wide-mouth glass. It is mild caramel and sweetness, with very soft hints of oak.
Taste: And alas, my hop sensitivity strikes. This has an earthy, ashy bitterness to it which becomes virtually all I can taste. I can faintly, oh so very faintly, make out wispy ghosts of sweet caramel beneath the dirty ashes, but thatís it.
Mouthfeel: Acrid and harsh are the only things I can describe this as, like most beers that trip my hop sensitivity trigger.
Overall: This is a beer Iíd cite as an example of where "old ale" and "English barleywine" are not necessarily synonyms - Iíve run into fewer English barleywines that I can barely drink than old ales. This may very well be a tasty beer, but itís one I canít enjoy.
tandembrauer (538) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Shared bottle @ Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours clear amber with off-white head. Aroma of caramel. Some sweetness, well balanced. Nothing special.
fkoolen (564) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Beautiful hazy lightly reddish brown colour, beige foamy head. Sweet nose with toffee and caramel maltiness and some red fruits. Taste is big on alcohol and malty sweetness, candy cane, a little hoppy bitter too: rather one dimensional but nicely balanced. Finish is short and sweet, a little astringent. Sticky mouthfeel, medium carbonation and firm body.
charlotte (4683) - rÝdovre, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.clear golden colour with no head.Aroma of brown sugar and syrup nice warming mouth feels and sweet mouth feels with note of caramel and dried fruits nice warming with sweet finish.
Senka (882) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml bottle. Best sugars I ever smelt in a beer. Very good old ale example. Perfectly balanced. Far away from barley wine. Perfect on all of the stages. I actually had it in US several years ago, and now revisiting it brings back good memories.
SPDickerman (1047) - Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours mahogany with a small beige fizz. Smells malty, caramel, toffee, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is sweet, malty, toffee, and soft red fruits. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale finishes with a soft candied fruit sweetness.