Scalawag Old Ale | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by meathookjones on 05-13-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by meathookjones:
Photo of meathookjones
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brownish red with a decent tan yeah that left light streams of lace around the glass. Sweet fruits and caramel dominate the aroma. Some alcohol was lingering in the nose as well. The flavor was similar with plenty of sweetness from ripe dark fruit with some caramel. Alcohol showed but didn’t hurt it too much. Pretty simple flavor for the style but enjoyable. Thick and smooth enough mouthfeel. I finished the growler fairly easily though towards the end it got a bit cloying. I was told this was a reject batch of their Curmudgeon Old Ale, I remember having a different reject batch last year as well that was quite different. Hopefully they get it right for the bottles.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had the luck of finding this on tap on one of my rare visits to Founders...the pour on this was fairly par for the course on old ales...dirty brown...not much head...not a lot of lacing, but certainly decent.

Flavour on it was also fairly standard old ale...mainly dominated by malts and caramel flavours. The hop presence on it was minimal but it did seem to lend some bite to the flavour. Nothing in particular stood out in any appreciable way, but the overall taste profile was enjoyable enough.

The mouth...slightly above coats, decent hop action, stood out. Drinkability, again, slightly above par. For a heavy beer it wasn't difficult to drink, but it was nothing that one would quaff either.

The bottom line: a fairly easy drinking, but not remarkable old ale offering from Founders. For a reputed rejected beer (Old Curmudgeon) I thought this was pretty enjoyable, if not spectacular.

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Photo of wingman14
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a redish brown with a white head. Smells very sweet with fruit aromas and alcohol. Taste is the same, sweet initial flavor with plenty of alcohol that comes through toward the end with a small bite. Tastes almost of a sweet fine liquor with more beer characteristics. Not much hop presences here, the mouthfeel is good, not too much carbonation but plenty of alcohol. I could drink a good batch of these, very enjoyable.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had a sample at the brewery over the weekend.
was served a glass with a burnt copper color with a slight head.
the aroma is malty with a bit of hopsack.
the flavor is rich, malty but not to thick, the hops are very present but drop off very fast, carmelized malt.
was told by one of the owners this was made to be the old ale but it was not good enough to be released as crumedgen. well i dont know what he was talking about it is awesome it is also unoaked or at least i did not tase it.

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Photo of granger10
2.52/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I have tried this a few times at the brewery seeing if maybe I got a bad sample or was in a bad mood previously and maybe I'd like it better. Unfortunately, I'm left with the same feeling each time I tried it.

Pours a brownish copper color with nary a head that fizzes off quickly. No lacing or bubbles but I do like the color this beer possesses.

Smells of sweet fruit, apples and pears along with a burnt off whiskey character. Quite sweet with a touch of nutty graininess as well. Not too bad.

Taste begins with a quick super sweet, almost syruppy malt fruit flavor. It's a bit off but then it gets taken out by the intense rubbing alcohol character. From that point to the finish all I get is band aid taste and a hot alcohol flavor. Possibly some green apple cider vinegar in the finish. Very alcoholic and almost unfinishable.

Weak body which can't really support the flavors yet somehow seems syruppy at times. There is a bit of richness to it that has its moments. Decent, but the mouthfeel just gets lost by the numerous off flavors.

The only reason this was worth finishing was the price. I have tried it three times now at the brewery and will never try it again.

The other reviews seem to like this beer for the most part, so maybe you should try it, but I wouldn't recommend it. I'm so glad Founder's bottled the much better batch of Old Curmudgeon and just has this on tap.

Get bottled Curmudgeon!

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Photo of mcallister
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nothing special about the appearance. Somewhat dissapointed about the pint glass this was served in also. They have large snifters here at Founders but decided not to use it for this beer? A deep caramel brown, with burgundy hues when held to light. Little off white head leaves a sticky lace behind.

A cocounut, almond, caramel malt aroma slaps you in the nose yet it's very distant. Once again I think the aroma would have been much more pronounced if served in a different (correct) glass.

As in the nose a big blast of coconut. With almond, toffee, vanilla, heavy cream, caramel malt, and very little hops. The mouthfeel on this one is what really drew me in. Rich, thick and creamy, alcohol is very well hidden although a slight burn in the chest on the finish.

Because of the fabulous mouthfeel this one is very drinkable. I hope they bottle this someday so I can drink it on a cold winters evening.

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Photo of MDekker
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Only me 2nd trip to Founders, even though I live in the area. It was nice to have a beer on-tap instead of out of a bottle for once.

12oz of this beer poured into a tall, skinny glass. Not much head that dissipated pretty quickly. Dark brown in color. The smell was malty and maply - not overpowering but not very distinct. The taste was mostly sweet as well, with more maple syrup hints and bits of the alcohol as well. A nice bitter finish at the end. Mostly it was very smooth, was well balanced, and was drinkable considering the alcohol. I liked it.

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Scalawag Old Ale from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 7 ratings