akoeninger (267) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked up this beer in a 4 pack on a whim. Iíve always been satisfied by my experiences with Founders brewery and this was no exception. This old ale pours an enticing red amber hue with minimal head and a slight haze. The smell is sweet with hints of bourbon, its quite a treat to smell this beer. The taste follows the aroma, full of sweet malt, alcohol, bourbon, and syrup. This was a surprisingly good beer, I havenít had too many old ales before, but if this is any indicator, it is definitely a style I will be exploring more.
Pyrmir (2420) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap @CBC13. Clear amber brown with white head. Aroma of caramel, malt and syrup. Taste is sweet and caramelly with lots of malts and some dusty basement notes.
Corrinado711 (57) - - OCT 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Aroma of pleasant vanilla malt and light oak. Pours an awesome deep ruby with very scant fine white head and fine sediment. Lacing is also scant. taste is sweet malts followed by oak with light booze then sweet finish. Well balanced. Mouth-feel is light to medium. Do not feel the 9.8 ABV. Oak age does not overpower the beer itself as it often does. Gotta try this
gobbledock (3) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours orange, with a very small white head. Aromas of caramel, roasted malt, raisin, candy. Sweet with a smooth mouthfeel. Little discernible bitterness.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Wow! This stuff is pretty damn good, and I had no idea that it was barrel aged till I read this decription and opened my bottle. ours a deep rusty color with a decent medium-light tan head with some decent retention that fades to a fine film. The aroma is filled with bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits,cocoanut, and some caramel malt. The flavor is another huge shot of bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit...the way it was aged cartainly seems to dominate..though not too oaky...the sweet malt is ocming though as well. Nice body, a bit juicy over the tounge, but never watery nor syrupy...stays in a nice range of richness that makes fairly drinkable for the style. Low carbonation is a good thing in this case.. A great warming beer that isnít too heavy or sweet with the alcohol well hidden. Awesome for a night cap or dessert...Iím gonna have to get more of this stuff...Founders does it again.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finishing up my little MI or almost MI brew sampling fest with myself. And on top of that, hitting 450 rating. Exciting. Pours a really thick syrupy looking hazy brownish. Nose is huge bourbon vanilla, with a cherry-appley bubblegum aroma that really makes this thing go. Flavor is again bourbony, with a terrific mix of fruits and vanilla. Overall, it goes down really smooth, even at 9.3%, with a really wonderful fruit-oak taste. Iím thinking on tap, just like its fellow Founder brews Breakfast stout and their Imperial Stout, on tap this is probably a 5.0. But in bottle, Iíll go 4.4. Founders is really doing some good tihngs, and I look foward to upcoming releases, and hopefully another brewpub stop.
thebaldwizard (1204) - Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an incredible brew! Definitely borders on the Barleywine style--but I liked this even better. The Old Curmudgeon poured a deep brown with red highlights. The aroma was of sweet candied malts. The flavor followed that perfectly. There was just the right amount of hops in the back end to make this a very well rounded beer. One of my new favorites.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pours murky reddish amber color with a mostly retained beige colored head. Aroma is quite rich rich oak and mild bourbon notes also a vinous aroma. Flavor is sweet with wet wood, a mellow vinous flavor and the alcohol is restrained for this ABV. Has some commonalities with one of my all time favs De Dolle Oerbier Reserva. Yummy.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A musky glowing russet brown with a slim capping of tanned froth. Keeps a good collar with a few straggly branched arms of lace sticking across the glass.
Astounding aroma of maple, honey, oak soaked bourbon. Heavy, heavy, inviting as hell, warm whiskey tone to this sucker. Wow. Wonderful.
Smooth and warming with a good source of whiskey tones behind some maple, honey, vanilla, and white grape accents. Tenderly toasted malt background but huge in malted girth and warmth of gooey rich and thick caramel, maple, toffee, and minor fruityness all encompassed by one very nice powering warmth of whiskey oaken woodyness. No real finishing qualities however as it slides off the back end with an unwanted speed before the warmth sets in with just a slight backburst of crisp vanilla and left over whiskey wood.
Feel is warm, and more warm, and more warm. Strange how some beers with more then 9.3% seem to have no omff while this screams it. Big, bold, and beautiful; rich, smooth, and full. The only set back is the forementioned finish which is escapingly ghostly and parting in a manner that throws a curve in its overall, powering presence.
Be that as it may, that is what makes this quite a drinkable, dandy treat. For if it were all but power and strength, this would not be as easy to handle and may as well just be whiskey at that point.
A very nice Old Ale. Fulfilling and dreamy.
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!