Sunday, November 14, 2010

Founders Old Curmudgeon Ale

Dan Harper from joins me via skype to review Founders Old Curmudgeon Ale. Dan and I had tried to do a duo review via skype a few weeks ago, but the quality was so poor that I didn't bother uploading it. Now that I've got this Skype recording software working, expect to see MORE duo reviews with other beertubers from across the country and around the world!

Special thanks to Adam at for sending me this beer as part of a trade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (604) - Albany, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: burnt umber/mahogany color. Very hazy, mud-like. pinkie-size head. This is why I say appearance is a rather arbitrary aspect.

AROMA: plenty of dark fruit and rich syrup.

TASTE: Very robust beer with a dark fruit basket palate covered in caramel, toffee and butterscotch. Rich and sticky to be sure, but it’s not a sugary, candy-like sweetness. Becomes more bitter as it warms. Oh-so-subtle alcohol presence holds everything together and doesn’t overshadow the palate.

MOUTHFEEL: tepid, but bitter and intense. Bitter aftertaste increases as it warms. Might want to drink this a little cooler than you might expect.

DRINKABILITY: The first half of the glass is borderline chuggable, the second half is sips only. Finishes remarkable clean considering how sticky and intense it is in the mouth.

OVERALL: This would more accurately be classified as a barleywine than an old ale. Very tasty and surprisingly drinkable. Ugly complexion, though.
Grade: 8/10

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