Styles (2016) - 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. 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 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. Silphium (3224) - Traverse City, 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. 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.
kramer (6991) - 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. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, 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. DavidP (1747) - 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. MIBRomeo (2579) - 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. 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.