whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours redish orange lively thin white head nose was grassy but smokey dry yet rich in fruit notes with little boozey end taste was actully less malty than i thought it was going to be nice hop flora no real molasases i tasted but very good
PD4Ever (109) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle dated 4/6/12 poured into tulip glass.
Aroma: malt, alcohol, banana, bubblegum, vanilla, woody, dark fruits
Appearance: hazy reddish coppery color with little to no head
Taste: very sweet, mild bitter, almost no sour in the taste
Palate: medium carbonation, full body, oily texture. Aftertaste is medium bitter, mild sour
Overall: This is very rich and similar to a barley wine. I like it. The alcohol is surprisingly hidden well for 9.8%. It is definitely a sipper.
kansascityCW (109) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange- red color, small head died fast. Lots of molasses and alcohol in the nose. This is a good beer but a little hot for my liking. Iím hoping this will benefit from a year or two in the cellar.
coachd (108) - Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is hard to place - sort of like a scotch ale with its maltiness, but a little more spicy. Pours a great amber color with a surprisingly large off white head that takes a while to dissipate. The taste is malty but not sweet, instead bitter with some boozy undertones. Very drinkable for 9.8% ABV. Call me crazy, but I found it to taste like an imperial IPA crossed with a coffee stout. I donít always like oak aging, but it really comes across nicely in this one, enhancing the aftertaste considerably. The palate was slick with a bitter and slightly oaky finish that lasts until your next sip. I was reluctant to try this because it says it is similar to a barleywine, which I am not a fan of. The barleywine characteristics in this one are slight, and overall itís a must try. Founders, you have impressed me once again.
cracklefish (108) - Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy deep reddish pour, almost rust. Minimal white head. Aroma is sweet malt , notes of whisky alcohol and wood. Flavor opens with sweet toasted malt, moves into a tannic leathery character and ends spicy with some alcohol. The beer is sticky malt with low carbonation and plenty of alcohol warmth. Delicious.
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It has a rusty orange hue, with very little cream colored head. It has a sweet boozy malt smell. Tastes of sweet boozed malt with a twinge of brown sugar. The alcohol lingers on the palate with strong malt after taste. Very nice Old Ale hinging on a Barleywine.
carlb (107) - 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.
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of sweet malt, oak, a little bit of vanilla, and a bit of hops. Taste is rather complex: Sweet malt, bright fruity cherry, oak, vanilla, some hop bitterness. Thick, sticky mouthfeel
Hkrivera (106) - Guaynabo, PUERTO RICO - DEC 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
If you like whiskey or barley wine, this one is for you! Aged in oak barrels for bourbon, you will feel the taste immediately. High alcohol content, pair it with heavy food dishes, like a steak.
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alethol (105) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Really enjoyed this. Pours a murky amber with a good but smallish beige head. Rich aromas of vanilla, bourbon, malts, caramel. Complex. Taste is superb with sweetness perfectly balanced by the bitterness. Very smooth. Full body. Excellent.