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Founders Strong Ale

Founders Strong Ale
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Variation of the Curmudgeon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Tap @ The Oak cafe. Transparent mahoagany reddish, decent off white head, great lacing. Nice blend of tropical/citrus fruits up front, decent caramel/toffee, banana and pine. this beer is all over the place. Flavor, tons of malt sweetness, fig/prune, pine and huge citrus finish to clean the palate. sounds strange alltogether, but a really nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2007
well...i was cleaning out the room and found this rating dated back to mid-september for this one...as noted by the brewery, this beer was a "screw-up" and was intended on becoming the Curmudgeon like Silphium noted...reddish-orange/brown body with minimal head..aroma large in caramels and piney hops..caramel and dense, syrupy malts complement the floral/pine hop backbone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michidan07 (22) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Definitely a hot brew. On tap at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor. Difficult to make much out of the nose, really just hops. Sneaks in on you - smooth at first, and then hot and hoppy on the way down. Long, prevailing hop and alcohol aftertaste. I had a drink of this, and then some water, and then some Shakespeare Stout, and I still tasted the Strong Ale afterwards. Took a long time to get through. This is a big beer with a frightening appearance (fine bourbon). Tastes like citrus and berries soaked in rum, really. Took me about 25 minutes to get through a pint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2006
On tap at Founders, and possibly the only incarnation of the eventual Curmudgeon I hadn’t previously sampled. Ruddy, murky orange-red body, thin off-white head. Big caramely aroma with strong resiny hops. Caramel and brown sugar flavors led to a swirl of raisin and prune, paired with strong, piney, grapefruity hops which dominate the finish. Alcohol subdued except in mood. A heavy, dense, solid beer from Founders.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 2, 2006
tap at brewery: Ruby red/dark brown color with smallish off white head. Aroma is caramelly, hint of rasberry, slightly tart. Flavor has roasted caramel, with fairly strong bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5827) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2006
22 oz handbottle, via MikeMac. Pours a clear ruby colored body with a one finger beige head. Decent retention on the head for a hand bottle. Aroma is mostly heavy caramel and toffee maltiness with light alcohol, figs, piney hops, and a hint of vanilla. Well balanced flavor between the heavy malt and a piney bitter hoppiness that cuts thru the sweetness well. Finish is bitter with a citric grapefruity hoppiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very soft carbonation. Slightly sticky on the finish. A pretty nice beer. No detectable flaws due to handbottling. Another solid brew from Founders.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (6405) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2006
On tap: Great aroma of caramel, banana bread, and citrus hops. Transparent amber wtih a moderate tan head with good retention and great lacing. Lots of caramel and banana bread up front with hints of fruit. A nice citrus hoppy finish really makes this a well balanced old ale. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2006
Clear dark brown body. Slight oily, fishiness over toasty caramel malt in the aroma. Rye-like spiciness and well-bldned resinous green hops with basic toasty caramel underneath in the flavor. Not the most complex experience but the beer has an enjoyably strong rye spice and hop presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2006
Pours a deep crimson color w/ a fluffy off white head that dissapears quickly Aroma is big & malty, definate notes of alcohol, toffee, almost a touch of bourbon, some light butters. Palate is full and lightly creamy. Flavor is very sweet sticks to the tongue some thick malt molasis and light grains, lightly alcoholic, with a dry lilghtly hopped finish. Pretty decent beer, but a bit odd.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2006
Handbottled four days ago by MikeMac (thanks!). I was also told that the barrel was aged around a year. Nice shiney copper… real rich color. Clear, minimal head Hops, roasted / spiced rye, light sulphur. Coating mouthfeel… nice thick rye-like and caramel malt covered hops, mint? Very full flavor. Has the full flavor of something like a Devil Dancer (IIRC), but quite a bit less hops.

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