coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours medium brown, with dark ruby tinting. Minimal head forms and quickly dissipates. Lacing is thick and fairly sticky.
Big malty sweetness. Slight buttery smell with a touch of vanilla. Somewhat bourbon or scotch like. Mild hints of dark fruits. Mild fusel alcohol.
Big malts dominate here, also. Sweet and rich. Dark bread notes. Raisins. Nice caramel notes. Alcohol presence cuts the sweetness and offers a very nice amount of balance.
Full flavored and not for the weak.
For those who like scotch ales, or just plain scotch whiskey, for that matter, this is highly recommended.
Thick, viscous and oily. This one definitely qualifies as ’chewey’. Yet still smooth.
Very low carbonation levels.
This one is a good example of why I like Old Ales so much. Also, why Founders is becoming one of my favorite breweries. So much of their line is just damn tasty.
I could drink alot of these.
Soupoftoday (18) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A well crafted and interesting beer. Dark fruits, vanilla, whiskey, maple syrup. Only complaint is that it’s overly sweet, almost sickly.. hence the lower score. You have to be a sweet tooth too really appreciate this one.
Jado (527) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 345 ml bottle. Pours a clear brick red with some orange highlights and a creamy off-white head. Aromas of soft fruit (fresh pear, apple), flowers, raisins and caramel. Taste is sweet malt and caramel at first before a light almost peppery bitterness creeps in. Some slightly hot alcohol emerges as well. Lingering fruity and spicy finish. Excellent example of the style.
SamTheBarrel (448) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
355ml 2014 years vintage brown bottle, label has nice artwork of a curmudgeon, poured into a snifter glass. Appearance is clear burgundy colored with a small beige head that dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing. Aroma of raisins, apricot marmalade, toffee and vanilla. Flavours of raisins, apricot marmalade, vanilla, toffee, caramel and oak wood notes. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. Palate is medium bodied, slightly sticky texture and soft carbonation. Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale is an exceptional Old Ale, balanced and with a well masked alcohol without being too sweet.
Martinus (2818) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light amber colour, white head. Aroma of caramel, hops and brown sugar. Sweet flavour, caramel, malts and dried fruits. Finish vanilla and bourbon. Nice!
(from 355mL bottle @ RBBWG III, Gent 2014. Thanks for sharing, who-ever brought it!)
Frothmeister (559) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml bottle. Cellared for over a year. Pours visibly thick (complete with accompanying glug) with a cloudy rosy beige body, and almost no head. Smells great. Sultana raisins, caramel, dried apple, light buttery oak notes, and light butterscotch. Full bodied and sweet, with woody notes, a light floral note, noticeable medium bitterness, caramel, and raisin up front followed by some more pronounced metallic hopping, dried fruit, and lingering woody notes in the finish. Not picking up much in the way of molasses though. Very much comes across as a barley wine, and a good one at that. Well balanced with no one flavour taking over the spectrum. A repeat purchase for sure.
jbuskirk (443) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My first Old Ale and I think I’m in love. I didn’t know quite what to expect but I wasn’t prepared for all of the sweet, malty goodness and boozy complexity. I’m getting ahead of myself, though. The body is amber-brown and the head is impressive for such a high ABV. Aroma is malty rich, boozy, and has touches of oak - very much like a Barleywine, which makes sense. Flavor has dark fruits (raisin, plumb, black berries) and sweetness (brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, maple syrup, caramel). This is a delectable (yes, delectable - I’m pulling out all the fancy words) ale. It was a privilege to bust my Old Ale cherry with this brew.
Jorn69 (936) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ Havregatan. Bottle (355 ml) from Systembolaget (35:-). Sweet malty and caramely with a lot of bourbon, wood and dried fruits, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is sweet and light spicy.
HuskerTan (497) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A- Perfume, marshmallow, roses, alcohol, vanilla, woody, caramel, sweet, malty.
A- Dark amber color, clear liquid, off white head.
T- Roses, slightly sweet, malty, roses, bourbon, rich.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, strong smooth finish.
O- Wow. That is all I can say. This very much resembles a barleywine. Very rich and complex and oh so delicious. There is an aroma and taste that I can’t quite place a finger on but it’s a good feature. If all Old Ales are this good, I need more. Then again, it’s Founders and they seem to do things right.
Kavu (2235) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,33l bottle @ Vihreä Haltiatar. Pours clear amber with a low head. Aroma is malts, molasses and alcohol. Flavor is malts, alcohol, molasses, smoke and hops. Good.
ansalon (1384) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear caramel with a low off white head. Aromas of caramel, raisins, figs, dates, toffee, ripe apples. Taste is caramel, figs, brandied apples, toffee, dates, slight smoked notes. Mouthfeel is quite thin with low carbonation.