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RATINGS: 1663   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - MAY 21, 2010
This is a good beer and I like it more aged. The taste has a strong malt character and a gummy sourness at the end. Let it sit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2010
12 ounce bottle-copper-orange pour-beige head-aroma and taste of caramel, woody, liquor-sweet bitter tongue tingling finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (915) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 18, 2010
09 vintage, slightly hazy crimson hued pour. aroma of sweet caramel, butter, scotch, butterscotch, oak, bourbonyness. the taste is sweet, hot and spicy, the barrel shows up more, very warm, thick and sweet. nice smooth body for the abv, just a touch of proper warming heat, a nice butterscotch sundae aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2010 -Bottled. Orange Brown with almost no head and I poured fairly violently. Aroma is much stronger now forcing its way out of the bottle with booze spice, rum caramel candies, and brown sugar. Flavor follows suit with still more brown sugar... this beer is as good as I remember with bigger aroma from bottle. -Draught at Rattle n Hum. Brown with light haze, nice white head that stays the whole time. Aroma is not very strong, some spice and big booze. Taste is Christmas-y spice and brown sugar going big boozy bitter in finish. Sweet boozy upfront.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (8800) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2010
Pouring viscous to nearly headless clear berry-red beer. Quite sweet, molasses-like nose, but with a convincing USA-hops aroma behind, as well as clear alcohol, presenting a nice madeirisation. Bittersweet with a good blance, the dry bitterness just winning out. Still, the sweet maltbacking remains throughout. Flowery, woody, and brandy notes. Especially the balance being good, I find something like Amaretto, too, and herbal notes. Slick, viscous, but dry enough. Full bodied, of course. Excellent Barley wine-like. American in character, but nowhere "over the top", as the expression seems to be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmgiddings (41) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Bottle from Crown Liquors #6 - Pours brown with a finger-thick, tight, off-white head. Aroma is barley, banana, herb, and maybe a hint of basement? Taste is banana, clove, thyme, barley, and tea. Mouthfeel is creamy and slightly warm.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2010 March 2010 vintage, tasted May 14, 2010

Consumed unaged. Pours a vibrant red with a decent head, fading to runny but bubbly lacing. Aroma is intense, but hard to pin down. Thereís a earthy element, oakiness, an alcohol note that smells like rum. That first sip is a little rough, intense alcohol burn right up front, sweet, with a finish that tends towards mildly hoppy. Lots of alcohol burn on the way down. This says itís only 9.8%, but it drinks like a 15%. The alcohol is so intense it crowds out the other, subtler elements. 7/5/6/3/10 - 3.1

March 2009 vintage, consumed November 6, 2010

Right off the bat the aroma is potent but way more pleasant than my notes from May would inform me. Pours a deep, ruby caramel with a moderate head and super-fine, sort of foamy, moderate lacing. Dark fruits, toffee, caramel, treacle, port, all sorts of amazing aromas, and little to no fusel tones. The palate fares a lot better too, rich malt backed up by significant hop bittering but very smooth, with creamy mouthfeel and noticeable carbonation. There is still a lot of alcohol bite on the palate, which disappoints me for a beer thatís been aging for so long and is under 10%. 9/5/7/4/14 - 3.9

My score for this is based off the average the ífreshí and íagedí scores (the official A/A/T/P reflects the higher of the two, with the Overall being modified to meet that middle point). I expect a lot from a brewery with such a solid roster of beer and reputation as Founderís. I consider the fresh version of this to be really rough to drink, and thatís unfortunate because with some age, itís a really interesting brew. If a beer isnít enjoyable right off the bat, they should either pre-age it longer or recommend some aging guidelines on the bottle. I know my Dieu du Ciel Rigor Mortis Abt recommended cellaring for at least six months before consumption, so if I were to pop that one open fresh and be disappointed Iíd have no one to blame but myself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2723) - New York, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Draught from R&H. Poured a brownish with litttle head. Dark sweet wood. Alcohol was noticeable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cracklefish (108) - Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Hazy deep reddish pour, almost rust. Minimal white head. Aroma is sweet malt , notes of whisky alcohol and wood. Flavor opens with sweet toasted malt, moves into a tannic leathery character and ends spicy with some alcohol. The beer is sticky malt with low carbonation and plenty of alcohol warmth. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brigg (562) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2010
(bottle) A hazy-red, bubbling body with a small tan head. The aroma is rich and sweet with malt; strong alcohol and notes of fruit. Flavor is strong and alcohol and sweet malt; notes of caramel, vanilla, bourbon and wood. Body is full and soft with carbonation.

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