timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2012 You know, this is terrific. Most malt driven beer I‚Äôve had - like a barley wine without a hop presence. Intense roasted caramel malts. Pours a deep ruby red, slightly hazy, with an off white head. Great bottle art, great brewery, great beer over billiards.
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 (313) - 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
Jamesthebrit (313) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2014
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I havenít rated this!!!????
Fresh bottle which makes a huge difference as the result of an aging experiment.
Boozy. Earthy. Molases sweetness. Like dates. Or raisins.
Looks amazing. Pours like a red orange. Nice head.
Taste is sweet. Some dates. Like earthy. Almost like a tartness. Like a good barley wine. (Unlike a bwine this does not get better with age) its got booziness but itís smooth. Yeah man.
Palate is smooth. I mean itís perfect. Full bodied but still sort of lighter. I mean... And this is why I love founders.... This huge beer is a favorite of my newbie craft beer lover who only likes light beer. (Ironically same with devil dancer)
This is one of my favorite beers. Itís a big beer that you can drink on a weeknight. Super potent and flavorful but easygoing enough. The beer by which other old ales are judged.
As noted: drink fresh otherwise this beer is gross.
Sjohnh (311) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper brown, with a quickly vanishing head. Big aroma of burnt toffee, smoky wood and traces of umami and nut. Medium body. There is some fruity, orange peel barley wine like flavour in the background, sitting behind dark malts and strong caramel. Boozy finish. Powerful, complex, one to take seriously.
Lightrider (311) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into a tulip glass. Pour is a dark honey amber. Aroma is strong, with the oak and rich malts. Taste is very strong with a nice sweetness over the crisp Oaks and thick malts. Finish is very full bodied. This is a world class ale.
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.
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.
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.
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
thick & malty. sweet caramel, light grape notes. nothing overly complex or challenging. enjoyed.