Curmudgeon - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Founders Brewing Company

Curmudgeon - Bourbon Barrel-AgedCurmudgeon - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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Style:
English Old Ale
Ranked #27
ABV:
11.1%
Score:
90
Ranked #3,854
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 9.32%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
42
From:
Founders Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
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Rotating
Wants
  6
Gots
  8
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 42
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - On tap at Founders, the beer poured a copper color with a white head.

Smell - The nose was generally boozy and did not reveal much of the base beer.

Taste - The alcohol makes the first impression in copious amounts. At the back, I noticed vanilla and some oak notes. But "Better Half" this is not as it lacks the sweetness. Alcohol burn carries to the end.

Mouthfeel - The viscosity lets the alcohol burn sting a little longer.

Overall - I really wanted to like this one, but the burn of the alcohol overshadows what should be greatness.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Deep clear amber. Smells of strong oak, whiskey, caramel. Tastes of dark fruits, strong caramel sweetness, then the whiskey and oak kick in. Whiskey adds quite a kick. Long and drying oak flavor. Boozy bite in the back end. Heavy and pretty sweet. Very boozy. Excellent, but enormous.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the brewery.
L- Pours a dark, deep red with a thin, chunky, off-white head.
S- Very graimy and wonderful bpurbon smell. Also some rye.
T- Holy hell! This stuff is awesome. The bourbon burn is evident early, then turns to butter. Molasses, vanilla, oak chocilate, maple.
F- perfect bourbon burn.

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Photo of Prager62
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery on 03/10/17 served in a 12oz. snifter.

Look- A light brown with a slight amber hue and a centimeter of light tan foam. It quickly settles leaving a thin ring of foam and no lacing.

Smell- Bourbon, sweet caramel, vanilla, char, oak and fusel alcohol.

Taste- Bourbon, toffee, vanilla, oak and a hint of dark cherry in the finish.

Feel- Slick and easy to drink up front, but quickly turns hot from the 13% abv.

Overall- This is a complex sipper of a booze bomb. Each sip takes a different twist and flavor turn. A perfect heater on a cold day to say the least! I'd love to taste this with a year on it to see if the considerable alcohol heat dials down and opens up more flavor. This is definitely worth a try and something I'd love to see bottled down the line.

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Curmudgeon - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 42 ratings