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RATINGS: 1741   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RFWobbly (10) - Buford, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Wow did I ever enjoy this ale! A thin head on top of one of the richest tastes of smokey caramel. At first I thought the flavor was sorghum due to the slight sweetness. Very thick on the pallet. It was like a liquid Snickers bar, with the same after taste as brandy. I would have guessed the alcohol was higher due to this. Beautiful tawny brown color with lots of suspended sediment. Definitely one to look up if you enjoy sweet brown ales.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BAMF (78) - Albion, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2010
A slightly sediment amber with a very thin head. Aroma is of toffee not so much caramel with the ever slight smell of chocolate. Taste Toffee with jumping hop taste mixed with malt finishes with a hop spicy alcohol taste. Overall with a syrupy mouth feel it is a wonderful beer and Founderís pumps out nothing but the best.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2010
sampled on tap, poured dark with tan head. Aroma is toasted biscuit malt with a little carmel and toffee but mainly roasty toasty. Taste is very bitter with a strong bitterness. Body is medium to full with a thick feel.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
JDBaker11058 (1915) - Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Appearance: smooth, syrupy caramel pour, with a tiny head that vanished quickly. Aroma: booze, sweet caramel and white grapes, raisins and spices. Taste: very rich malts, sweet syrup, dark fruits, pine, minerals, and wood. Finish: sharp, slightly bitter, and very strong alchohol. Notes: Not one of my favorites. Very similar to a barleywine, one of my least favorite styles. Clearly very well-done version of an old ale, just not my type.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edwardbass (783) - Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Nice malt, sweet, barrel aged aroma. Very malt sweet taste with a hint of wood and the alcohol taste is obvious. That kind of turns me of a bit. Not one of my favorites from Founders, but this is still tasty ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2010
12oz bottle acquired in trade with xmarcnolanx. Poured a cloudy light amber/orange body that was almost still, yet had very good legs. Aromas ov VERY dark/ripe fruits, alcohol, malty sweetness and more alcohol. Flavors of medium malt sweetness, dark fruits, alcohol, toffee and a light hop finish. Soft carbonation and a thin to medium mouthfeel. a bit thinner than expected. I love the complex malts and depth of this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonusWagner (2072) - Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2010
I think the unpleasant taste of the Hopzilla mitigated my enjoyment of this beer. I am hedging between previous tastes of this beer and the one Iím drinking now, because I doubt this beer has a notably spicy finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Smells of bourbon, corn syrup and fermented bananas with undertones of a wet dog. Itís a little hazy and reddish-copper in color. Taste is of alcohol and a bit of coconut. Starts sweet and ends bitter. Very bourbon-ish. Not a huge fan.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (1060) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
A highly malted and sweet ale that I enjoyed. My preference would be to reduce the sweetness, but thatís what you get with this one. Very close to being a barley wine style that Iím not usually happy with, but this was enjoyable. Probably because Founders is so good at what they do.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gpekar (490) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Poured a hazy, rich, dark, orange amber with some bits of sediment suspended in the beer. There was a tall beige head at first, but it reduced to about 1/2" rather quickly and just a film eventually. There was a good caramel/toffee sweet aroma and just a hint of chocolate. The beer had a thick creamy texture with a good toffee flavor and a nice alcohol warmth upfront. The alcohol and hops leave a bit of a bite and the warmth lasts well into the finish. There is a nice bit of a bourbon flavor as well that comes through. Excellent beer!!!!!!!


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