Linnet (1123) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, sweet, salty, Tobacco, molasses, dark fruit, rich and rewarding.
Copper colour, medium tan head, lacing.
Heavy sweetness, salty, mid-bitter, warming finish.
Fullbodied, soft carbonation, warming and salty finish.
rader58 (783) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - SEP 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours opaque amber. Aroma of caramel, alfalfa, raisin, salty ocean breeze, molasses, wood. Flavor is caramel, molasses, raisin, bread, peat. Strong maltiness with a caramel/brown sugar sweetness.
Xenon (88) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An explosion of grape upon first taste. I prefer this flavor to the raisin that is commonly found in these types of beer. The fruit tastes more alive. Strong caramel nose with secondary licorice Boozuness is obvious and not recessed. Very sweet though with almost no bitterness. You can tell it s not a barley wine because the hop flavor doesn’t really exist much here. I like that about it though. Malt purity
Soupoftoday (19) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A well crafted and interesting beer. Dark fruits, vanilla, whiskey, maple syrup. Only complaint is that it’s overly sweet, almost sickly.. hence the lower score. You have to be a sweet tooth too really appreciate this one.
Jado (549) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 345 ml bottle. Pours a clear brick red with some orange highlights and a creamy off-white head. Aromas of soft fruit (fresh pear, apple), flowers, raisins and caramel. Taste is sweet malt and caramel at first before a light almost peppery bitterness creeps in. Some slightly hot alcohol emerges as well. Lingering fruity and spicy finish. Excellent example of the style.
SamTheBarrel (461) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
355ml 2014 years vintage brown bottle, label has nice artwork of a curmudgeon, poured into a snifter glass. Appearance is clear burgundy colored with a small beige head that dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing. Aroma of raisins, apricot marmalade, toffee and vanilla. Flavours of raisins, apricot marmalade, vanilla, toffee, caramel and oak wood notes. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. Palate is medium bodied, slightly sticky texture and soft carbonation. Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale is an exceptional Old Ale, balanced and with a well masked alcohol without being too sweet.
Martinus (2892) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber colour, white head. Aroma of caramel, hops and brown sugar. Sweet flavour, caramel, malts and dried fruits. Finish vanilla and bourbon. Nice!
(from 355mL bottle @ RBBWG III, Gent 2014. Thanks for sharing, who-ever brought it!)
Frothmeister (566) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml bottle. Cellared for over a year. Pours visibly thick (complete with accompanying glug) with a cloudy rosy beige body, and almost no head. Smells great. Sultana raisins, caramel, dried apple, light buttery oak notes, and light butterscotch. Full bodied and sweet, with woody notes, a light floral note, noticeable medium bitterness, caramel, and raisin up front followed by some more pronounced metallic hopping, dried fruit, and lingering woody notes in the finish. Not picking up much in the way of molasses though. Very much comes across as a barley wine, and a good one at that. Well balanced with no one flavour taking over the spectrum. A repeat purchase for sure.
jbuskirk (455) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My first Old Ale and I think I’m in love. I didn’t know quite what to expect but I wasn’t prepared for all of the sweet, malty goodness and boozy complexity. I’m getting ahead of myself, though. The body is amber-brown and the head is impressive for such a high ABV. Aroma is malty rich, boozy, and has touches of oak - very much like a Barleywine, which makes sense. Flavor has dark fruits (raisin, plumb, black berries) and sweetness (brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, maple syrup, caramel). This is a delectable (yes, delectable - I’m pulling out all the fancy words) ale. It was a privilege to bust my Old Ale cherry with this brew.
Jorn69 (1000) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ Havregatan. Bottle (355 ml) from Systembolaget (35:-). Sweet malty and caramely with a lot of bourbon, wood and dried fruits, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is sweet and light spicy.