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RATINGS: 1475   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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This Old Ale conjures up thoughts of classic sea fairing ports, there local pubs and the weathered fisherman that frequent them. In traditional style Curmudgeon is brewed with an intense focus on the malt bill creating a very strong, rich, malty characteristic and a sweetness indicative of its cousin the barleywine. We are especially proud of the balance in this beer making it deceptively smooth and drinkable at 9.8% alcohol by volume.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RafeAU (176) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle, pours amber, minimal head. Sweet, rich, brown, alcohol warmth. The oak is subtle. Good mouthfeel from the carbonation. Drink just below room temperature. Deceptively easy to drink for a high alcohol beer. Reminded me of some high alcohol rich darker Belgian beers. Another very nice Founders brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Muggus69 (1260) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2014
355mL bottle BB 17/6/14 Good looking beer - deep teak body, some clarity, with small but dense beige head persisting. Rich aroma packed full of dark earthy caramels, toasty oak, dried apricot & raisin, rummy boozy with undertones of aged mustiness you get in older beers. Palate is thick & oily without being cloying, restrained carbonation, lingering long on the finish. Oak comes through more on the body; toasty, slightly charred, notes of coconut & butter, with dark rum & bourbon complementing rich unctuous toffee & earthy dried fruits. What starts quite sweet & luscious finishes dry, warming & spicy. A great example of an Old Ale - right on the money & delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkitty (167) - Elysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Hazy darkish amber pour with a tiny ring of lacing. Aroma of dark fruit and malt. Flavor is dark fruit, pine and caramel. Surprisingly dry and smooth. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
micieli6000 (27) - New York, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Fantastic aroma and very nice looking beer. Nice head and a beautiful copper color. Finishes great. Another Founders classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (770) - Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Poured from the bottle into a dark foggy red color with a thin off white head. Has a dark fruit aroma black cherries and alcohol. A slight spiced syrup flavor towards the end. Heavy carbonation. Very drinkable for the abv on the higher end. An interesting beer overall. Also paired really well with my blackened catfish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlbeer (824) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle at brewfest. Amber pour with white head. Smells of malts and slight sourness. Tastes sweet with slight sour and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gururyan (616) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Poured from bottle into snifter, little to no head, clear deep ruby orange in color, boozy aroma. Definately tastes like most old/strong ales I've had with a smokey and sweet touch. Not bad, not chuggable, should come with a cigar. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2123) - SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2014
355ml bottle. Pours an almost clear deep amber, with a small off-white head. Rich, complex aroma, caramel, malt, molasses, wood, vanilla, dried fruit, hops, fudge, candied sugar. Off-dry, medium to full bodied, mid bitterness, creamy CO2. Complex, balanced taste, caramel, vanilla, wood, candied sugar, nuts, fudge, hops, tannins. Wonderfully balanced and complex. I wonder what a few years’ ageing will do to this beer? (2014-07-22)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (3323) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; clear copper pour with a foamy beige head, aroma has dark fruit and a hint of pine, taste has resinous pine, caramel, some spice, winter fruits, a hint of spirit. Grows as you drink it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bulk_Carrier (2224) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Rcvd in trade. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice hazy amber color with just a film of lacing that quickly died and left a bubbliness of sorts along the sides of the glass. The smell has a really nice oaky bourbon aroma letting in some light vanilla to entangle itself throughout. There was some light cherries at the end. The taste was sweet and had a touch of hot from the strength of the beer. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with not much of a sessionability about it. I sipped it for the most part. The carbonation was super smooth almost as if it wasn’t there at all, but I could tell it was slightly there. Overall, I could be wrong but the last time I had something from Founder’s, I thought they would stamp the bottle with a born on date in green. There was no date to be found. Honestly, I’m not too worried but think I may have gotten an older bottle due to the slight lack of strength of the booze and the subdued carbonation. If anything, this one aged was absolutely excellent and definitely welcome this again and see if I could get a fresh bottle just to compare.

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