burtonbaton930 (100) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up a four pack of these. Pours nice clear mahogany with a small head that turns to lacing on the glass. Smells of peat, caramel malts, and dark fruits. This beer tastes amazing. Very similar to the flavor of a barley wine but not as intense. Loaded with caramel and toffee notes. Palate is perfect, very silky and smooth. Deceptively strong at almost 10% ABV. Amazing.
ReverendMoon (100) - Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great burnt ruby/burnt amber color, with obvious hints of depth. Classic old ale taste; musty yet enticing. Enjoyable for sure.
bonk0076 (99) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a brownish amber color, hazy, with a moderate head. Aroma is of hops, with citrus and fruity notes as well as molasses. Taste is very sweet - molasses and caramel, with a slight hint of pine. Fills the mouth with a full flavor. But offers a quick finish.
carlb (98) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a rich, beautiful dark amber with a tightly knit tan head. The head is reasonable persistent, but does start to dissipate. Nicely developing Belgian lace. Rich, winy nose, with hints of cognac. Caramel, toffee, sherry, and dried fruits. Very moderate, but noticeable, hoppiness, with lingering caramel and malt notes on the palate. The roof of the mouth gets a sense of the level of alcohol, however, the alcohol level is not fully evident. Thus "caveat bibor" is appropriate. This is not a session beer or a vorspiel beer. Medium body with a sweet, long lingering. This is a multidimensional old ale. If I had the patience and cellar, I would attempt to age the Old Curmudgeon a few years to see how it develops. It should age well. A great ale to accompany hearty food and BBQ. The richness and residual sweetness would also work well with spicy food.
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 Is this beer or bourbon? I have never tasted a beer like this before, it tastes like bourbon, the taste of beer is non-existent. I am not sure how to rate this brew. I bought this non-refrigerated, the case says must be refrigerated, is this why it tastes like bourbon and not beer? A hazy brownish-orange with no head. I do know one thing, this beer/bourbon has a high alcohol content that kicks you in the ass!
sheep (93) - FINLAND - SEP 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle, bottled 13/04/12. Pours a clear ruby red with a small, fast receding white head. Aroma gives honey, mint(!), butterscotch, vanilla and faint herbal notes with a sweet, caramelly malt backbone. Flavor is sweet malt, light honey, earthy and vanilla-like. Could do with slightly more bitterness, itís a little too much on the sweet side. Mouthfeel is soft, not too thick, not too light. Medium carbonation. No sign of alcohol despite the relatively high abv - deceptively drinkable indeed.
dextermorgan (91) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The whiskey notes are well-balanced and donít make the beer overly-sweet like other efforts like Allagashís Curieux. Good body, good texture. Good brew.
Holtguy (91) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2008
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 Dark amber color, small head. Whiskey aroma and flavor, with strong maltiness and sweetness. Itís so sweet itís sticky. But the boozy nature of the beer, coupled with the malt and oak flavor balance this out very well i like this beer a lot. One of my all time favorites. I thought my score should reflect how highly I think of this beer. Re-rate: the 2013 batch has 9.8% abv, which I think is a tad higher than it used to be.
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep, coppery orange with practically no head. Looks just beautiful in the glass. Minimal lacing. A sweet, aroma of brandied fruit, oak, vanilla, and leather. Taste is quite sweet, with an even mix of maltiness and alcohol that does call bourbon to mind (albeit far more drinkable). Mouthfeel is slightly thick with a light, fizzy carbonation. Despite the high alcohol content, there is a rather tame finish to this beer, deceptively masking its potency. In sum, a fine beer that will appear to those who love scotch ales, old ales, and barleywines due to its oak-aged nature and alcoholic sweetness.
MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: being as the rating guide indicates that "aroma is one of a beerís most complex features," I wish I were better at rating an aroma, unfortunately, even with the appropriate glassware, I had tremendous difficulty getting any strong whaft whatsoever, only subtle sweet, it is as if this beer holds in its aroma in exchange for its wonderfully complex taste; Appearance: hazy, light brown bordering on tan, looks rather unfiltered, thin tan head on pour that quickly dissipates; Taste: just fantastic, right off the bat, it reminded me of the Chimay series, but I think this one has a better balance between the up front sweetness and the bitterness that lingers on the palate only after the swallow, also, it is easy to pull out the bready, more doughy actually, aspect that the malt gives it; Palate: as said, the bitterness lingers in a wondeful way, it hides and waits its turn, in no way getting in the way of the sweetness and maltiness that you get to enjoy with each swallow; Overall: this beer is wonderful, as my first beer from Founders, I must say I am absolutely impressed, after inspecting the ratings given to several other Founders offerings, I am eager to give this line of brews more attention, find a curmudgeon and share a draught of this fine beer with him!