Beachmaster (546) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 10, 2014
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden brown, with a moderate khaki head which quickly fades into a disc on the surface, leaving good lacing. Nose is malt and dark fruit. Taste follows the nose, with a hint of hop bitterness on the finish. Very smooth, well-balanced old style alt. Hides the 9.8 % ABV well. MetalNHopHead (1886) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 13, 2014
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. StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Fresh bottle. Hazy and murky with a dirty ruby-caramel-brown color. Big tan sawdust concentration spans the head, and we’ve got a thick, clinging tan wrung with lovely lacing tracts as we go. Aroma revels in amarillo intoxication, melding longingly with sweet chewy amaretto nougats, a pistachio-pine combo, strawberry shortcake, cherry fig neutons with sugary single malt scotch injected into the fruit filling, cherry wax chews and bubblegum. Hot flavor reservation seeps in seductively, mirroring and miring the aroma. Spiced rum, banana-rye bread and a woody bourbon tract. Peppery amaretto toffee chews and delicatessen Disaronno bubblegum. Maplewood and gentle toasty accents of coconut aid sentiments of greased bing cherries. Sticky palate persona, with the tongue melding to the roof of the mouth and then recessing to a smidgeon of palate numbing. Gentle bitterness supports a huge malt bill with dead-on carbonation. That bitterness and alcohol line the center tongue groove while whisky & rye and flame-licked oak bring out the finish. This might be this brewery’s best foot forward. A masterful demonstration of complexity, and such an original work of art. DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Speaking of the bourbon-aged ’06 version. This Old Ale has an incredible WOW factor. I still recall my first sip (a slap on the face by a enchanting barmaid). By the end of the first bottle, though, I had some criticism: the strong (though pleasing, like a decadent dessert) brown sugar/molasses/vanillin notes overpowered this brew’s otherwise superb range. The cellar has cured this...and now the Curmudgeon is firmly seated on my top 10 list! jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Cloudy amber with light head / Big, sweet, winey nose of coconut, caramel, and bourbon / Full body, thick and moderately syrupy, with superb balance and finish / Flavors of coconut, bourbon, caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, and oak / One hell of a brew - almost flawless.
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2008
I think this is one of the best beers I’ve ever had. It pours a dark ruby with an eggshell head. It’s aroma screams apricot, and
raisins,with a hint of toffee. The flavor is reminiscent of it’s aroma, very dark and sweet. It really does taste like candy. Cheers! markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2009 Thanks to goryskewych for this 08 bottle. Yes, you’re going to think I am crazy for this rating, but this beer is a sucker punch of flavor. Amazing symphony of barrel and beer. Pours a hazy red-brown with a minimal white-ish head. Nose is brandy, spice, raisin, booze, toffee, ripe fruit, figs, plums, and all manner of goodness. Flavor gives chills... brandy, raisin, whiskey, overripe dark fruit, vanilla, and barrel. A mountain of sweetness, but not oversweet. This beer is like enjoying the company of an old friend. Medium-bodied and beautiful to look at and enjoy. Every sip brings remarks of "holy shit," but in a good way, not like Mbege. This beer lingers with malt sweetness before the flavor and beer are gone and I begin looking for another beer. Emeister84 (2475) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Aroma: some caramel, hints of alcohol, vanilla, cocoa, bourbon, bitter apricot, cream soda, moscato grape. Appearance: dark orange-red. Taste: somewhat sweet, bitter stone fruit. Palate: solid, medium-full body, rich and complex, light sweet lingering flavors. BeerKurve (520) - - MAY 15, 2013
Dark Hazy Orange all around. Has an aroma of oak, chocolate, caramel and citrus hops. Flavor is strong oak, caramel, citra-hops, caramel and a very strong malty backbone. Body is heavy but carbonation is light; Very very thick thanks to the molasses but a pleasure to drink! I think I may have found my new favorite beer from Founders! SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Pours mahogany with a small beige fizz. Smells malty, caramel, toffee, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is sweet, malty, toffee, and soft red fruits. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale finishes with a soft candied fruit sweetness.