Sammy (13265) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
On-tap at Pizza Plant Transit. It was so good it was as if it was brewed right here. Dark boddy with thin head. Stouty roast aroma. Hoppy and spicy. Medium-full body. I like the style, it’s more drinkable than a barleywine. The understated carbonation at this location does it justice. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2005
On tap @ the Brew Kettle: Dark copper w/ a lasting off white head. Alcohol, caramel and lemony hops with hints of roast fading in and out. A little bit of Old Spice from the guy sitting next to me intermingles with the toasted malts that get stronger with warmth. Well balanced with a dry finish for a big beer. Caramel flavor, citrusy hop lingering into the finish and aftertaste. Toasted and bready malts as it warms in between. Moderate esters. Aftertaste is toasted malt and citrusy hop. Full body, lower carbonation w/ a well hidden alcohol. Very smooth. Needs to age some for a true old ale, but very good and barleywinish for now, will probably improve with age. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2006 BOTTLE RATING: a fine brew, but a bit dissapointing for an old ale...too much bourbon, too little caramel...just way too boozy
TAP RATING 29 AUGUST 2005finally the curmudgeon has risen....a dark brown body (color of a chesnut in the light)...aroma is wonderful...full of sweet malts, grapefruit hops...flavor isnt quite as expected with an old ale...full of piney hops, some sweet malts, and a bite that is common in their Dirty Bastard and Devil Dancer...i agree with silphium as well...his rating is right on the money
8 4 7 3 14 AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2005
I’ve been seeing this on their website and posters on the wall of the brewery for a long time now, so it was finally nice to see it on tap. Creamy head. Deep brown/ruby color. Pine sap aroma. A little lighter in body than say, a Bells Third Coast OA. Very palatable, tastey offering. But, I agree with Silp in that this is nothing too out of the ordinary for this brewery. Silphium (3293) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2006 Bottled version, rated 3 May 2006.The "official" version of Curmudgeon Old Ale is finally in bottles, and has been given the bourbon treatment. Sediment-laden orange-red body, thin off-white head. Strong oak and vanilla bourbon aroma, with candyish sweet malts and alcohol notes. The flavor is woody, leathery, and a hint salty, but the underlying malts are indistinct and merely serve as a sweetish wash on the tongue underlying the oak notes. There’s a little bit of bubblegum on the palate that lends slight interest to an otherwise messy beer. Oh, well. Founders has mostly hits and a few misses, and, unfortunately, this is in the latter category.
On tap at Founders after a long wait! Deep reddish-brown body, medium cream head. Indistinct aroma of sweet, candyish malts with hints of hops bitterness. Served too cold. Surprisingly bitter, piney flavor with rather nondescript sweet malts (hints of berries, cherry), caramel, and toast, but not with the intense focus on the malt bill as suggested in the official description. The finish was bitter with strong grapefruit rind. I expected a bigger caramely body, perhaps with raisins, prunes, or figs, but that was just a dream, just a dream, just a dream...in any case, this is decent sipping material, but, if you’ve tried their I2PA, Devil Dancer, and Dirty Bastard, you’ve pretty much explored the territory this beer navigates.
July 2005 tap (non barrel-aged) version: 7-4-7-3-13 (3.4).