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RATINGS: 1631   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mickut (276) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear dark amber. Palate is thick. Aromas have raisins, pine, port.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (5457) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2010
(Bottle at Pikkulintu) Poured dark reddish brown and clear with small and white head. Aroma contained malts, peat and whisky. Palate was medium bodied and dryish with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, whisky, peat , hops and mild bitterness. Aftertaste was malty and mildly bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mgenti (6) - Alabama, USA - FEB 4, 2010 does not count
Doesn’t seem to have a strong aroma but you can tell it will be sweet. Has tastes of coconut and citrus. Almost reminds someone of a coconut flavored rum. Has a creamy, medium body, and soft carbonation with a slightly long finish. It is not astringent or bitter. I would not go buy a 6 pack of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8749) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Pours dark red with off white head. Aroma is malty and caramel sweet, taste up front is malty with caramel, toffee, and molasses that finishes rather sweet as well. Nicely hidden alcohol, but not my style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Again Founder’s does not disappoint. The aromas here lie more toward the sweet side of the beer, with caramel notes, and sweet alcohol notes. The color is a hazy orange color. With no noticable head. The beer is full of caramel undertones that fight to surface through the sweet alcohol flavor. Carbonation is really nice for the style. The beer is light in body, with a thin texture, and has a medium finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
reebetar1 (2) - Alabama, USA - JAN 28, 2010 does not count
AROMA roasty, toasty hay APPEARANCE hazy amber, acceptable head TASTE heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, salty PALATE full body, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish OVERALL not a preferred style

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
HenrikSoegaard (11853) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2010
Bottle. Creamy white good fair mostly lasting head. Orange-amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter vinius flavor. Average slightly perfumed finish. A little alcoholic. Creamy palate. Not a very good barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2010
12 oz bottle at The CoffeeBar. Pours hazy orange with fuzzy white head. Great aroma of pine and vanilla, hints of caramel and perfume. Great sweetness, and a touch of dry earthy bitter finish. Very solid old ale, with just a hint of alcohol. This would be absolutely amazing with just a bit more age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity spicy malty aroma with some hoppy hints and some weak hints of dark fruit. Sweetish malty spicy dark fruit flavor with some weak hints of hops. Has a sweetish malty hoppy finish with some spicy hints in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5843) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2010
( 12oz bottle thanks to BA Ktown67) Pours an awesome deep orange/rust color with no head at all from a vigorous pour, some bubbles rise to the top but don’t stay around long. Laces the glass extremely well. Smells very sweet. Lots of caramel in this one. Not complex, but straightforward and nice. Maybe even a little sweet smelling for a guy who loves sweet beers. Quite a bit of alcohol in the nose too. Taste is oddly up front with hops and caramel both, but somehow they’re not really balanced. They’re just both strong flavors and don’t seem to play too well together. Despite this I find the beer highly enjoyable and like how it tastes. Carbonation is really nice for the style, and the weight is just right too. I wish there had been some head to give this beer some creaminess though.

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