ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.
A: Pours a burnt sienna color with huge, oily-looking chunks of sediment plopping down into the glass. That plus very little head means this is one ugly-ass beer - almost to the point where I’m afraid to sip it.
S: Quite strong with molasses, mint, and caramel, while darker fruits help augment the malt backbone. Pretty nice smelling, and a lot more promising than the look of the beer.
T: The flavor is hard to describe. The first sip is loaded with caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, and a little finishing booze; a few sips later, the profile changes to that of slightly burnt pumpernickel bread. Not as sweet as I expected, probably due to the age of the bottle and the yeast eating some of the sugar - despite that, it’s still a bit cough syrup-y at times. Kind of boozy, also. Just a weird, strange beer, one that I’m struggling to finish.
M: Thickly textured, with tannins helping to neutralize the finish somewhat. Nice creaminess to start, before the body itself finishes slightly coarse and sticky. Rather boozy feeling on the throat in particular.
O: Meh. In fairness, this is not a good late afternoon kind of beer, but I still found it rather mediocre despite that. A rare misfire from Founders, but it’s not completely irredeemable. zenkis (834) - Ogre, LATVIA - MAY 15, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2013 First impression - that’s how old ale should be to me. Pours deep amber reddish, cloudy with little peaces of yeast all around. Head is little, beige, no lacing. Taste is sweet malty profile with almost no bitter; overall dry palette, at the beginning spicy, later just yeasty astringent ( a bit reminds me Mikkeller/Lervig Double Eye PA). Palate - above medium body, thick texture, long light dry finish. A bit reminds me of Belgian style yeasty strong ales, like dubbels but not dark malt flavor. Enjoyed every sap. icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2013
edwardbass (833) - Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Appearance: Dark orange/amber with nearly non-existent head
Aroma: Booze, vanilla, bourbon, mollasses, oak
Taste: Dark malts, vanilla, slight back of the palate tinge
Palate: Lively mouthfeel. Warming finish and aftertaste
Overall: The malt backbone stops well short of barleywine class, resulting in a really smooth, flavorful, warming beer.
Nice malt, sweet, barrel aged aroma. Very malt sweet taste with a hint of wood and the alcohol taste is obvious. That kind of turns me of a bit. Not one of my favorites from Founders, but this is still tasty ale. Cokemonkey11 (833) - - JUL 18, 2016
1/3 pint, keg. Pours medium dark brick red amber and very opaque, turning brown within. Perfect white tan head subsiding average slow. Scent is herbs, maybe oregano. Cumin and cinnamon both. Gingerbread scent - ginger? Old ale. Taste is very dense bourbon cask with a surprising fire on the way down considering the lack of ethanol taste, in spite of high ABV. Very intense. Finish is whiskey. Impressive. Great.
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2015
12oz bottle. Pours copper bronze, minimal head. Sweet malt with a bit o’ hint of molasses sulfur aroma. Taste is sweet and beery. Not bad for malt liquor. Jyrsa (830) - - APR 29, 2015
Pours cherry red with large head. Herbs, sweetness and bready wheat. Frizzly with a sweet after taste. dnoaksson (827) - , SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2015
På etiketten sitter en väderbiten herre i ensamt majestät med sammanpressade käkar och ser purken ut. Och tur är väl det. Om han öppnade det där svalget skulle ett område med en radie på allra minst tio meter förklaras hälsofarligt på grund av alkoholstanken. Drick med andra ord Founders Curmudgeon med stor försiktighet, om du inte själv vill förvandlas till en inre sumpmark. RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Cranberry and apple aroma. Taste has noted of bitter berries, vanilla, wood and tart cherry. Finish is bitter cherry with a boozy afterglow. HeadyDE (825) - Delaware, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Sample pour at tasting 2012 version..aroma is big and bold with booze and woody notes.mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth yet full bodied with obvious warming presence..very tasty indeed..