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!
misterbeer (311) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle-copper-orange pour-beige head-aroma and taste of caramel, woody, liquor-sweet bitter tongue tingling finish
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delightful taste of toffee malts, with bananas and a hop presence. Very nice smooth as hell body. Great beer.
pet3rman (310) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic barleywine hybrid is the best description that I can give. Big bold flavor with a heathy dose of etoh.
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours murky deep amber with no head at all. very mellow smooth body, creamy, caramelly. light notes of hops in the background, but not overpowering at all. does not really drink like a 9+% beer, but a little warming going down.
mcmd (310) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep red amber, fairly clear, small off white head. Aroma is caramel malt, brown sugar, vanilla, and alcohol. Falvor is sweet caramel and brown sugar as well, with a strong alcohol presence, moderate amount of bitter hops in the finish. Nice barley wine, will likely mellow with age hopefully.
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a solid mahogany color with no head. Carbonation was almost nonexistent. Many flavors emerge- oak, bourbon, brown sugar, fig, maybe a hint of banana. Alcohol makes itself known in the finish, in a nice warming way. My first old ale, but this made a good first impression.
Brentv (308) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle. Pours a clear copper orange color with a small yellow-tinted head. Almost no lacing. Aroma is caramel and dark sugars. Taste is sweet and malty, with dark sugars. Very smooth. The alcohol is hidden well. Medium mouthfeel and a sweet finish with a hint of bitterness. A very nice old ale.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a growler courtesy of Whole Foods, Richmond. Poured with very little head. Color is very opaque dark orange. Aroma is very sweet, high on molasses and burnt sugar; quite indicative of a barleywine. The taste is quite sweet up front with burnt caramel, molasses and a bit of hoppy bitterness. The alcohol is slightly noticeable on the exhale. A very well rounded old ale.
AndresTM (306) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful aroma of eggnog, cinnamon, toffee, white chocolate fudge, vanilla horchata, brown sugar, old leather, and booze. The pour is deep amber with no head. The taste closely mirrors the aroma, being mostly sweet and mildly bitter, with a splash of alcohol. Syrupy palate with minor, prickly carbonation. Balanced, flavorful, substantial. Perfect for a winter evening by the fireplace. Oh, Founders, how I love you. Lovely!