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RATINGS: 1633   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 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 (5849) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3160) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Thick pour of hazy copper beer with a thin white head that disappears very quickly. Lots of floaties. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit. Lots of caramel taste with brown sugar and dark fruit sweetness and a bit of an alcohol burn at the end. Thick beer, but smooth and well-balanced. Really great offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BillWyce (868) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Poured a cloudy, dark amber with almost no head. Aroma of grapefruity hops with a caramelly, sweet note underneath. Palate was somewhat thick, almost syrupy. Lingering hops bitterness up front, strong nutty sweet note underneath. Very deep flavor. Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slayer02348 (103) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Pours out an opaque clear reddish brown with very little head. Smell is sweet and of alcohol. Taste does not disappoint. Very sweet and smooth, easily drinkable and very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Strong brown sugar and caramel, some cardboard, some orange syrup liqueur. Rich caramel, thin white head. Seems beyond it’s prime. Orange peel and heat, little mildewy basement.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MPA (866) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle. Murky amber with a beige head. Massive notes of cocoa, chocolate and caramel along with dark ripe fruits like dates, plums and figs. Also vanilla, cookie and baking spices. Sweet flavour of the aforementioned dark fruits and caramel with toasted malt, cocoa and a really solid bitterness to kick in at the end. The IBU’s in this beer isn’t apparent i aroma, which makes for a wonderfully complex beer that left me surprised, intrigued and wanting more. I can definitely recommend this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CamdenD (1118) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 24, 2009
Up there with the Hair of the Dog Adam for old ales. Wonderful aroma full of booze and a bit of banana. Taste gets a bit thin but wow, still another fantastic beer from Founders.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7103) - Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2009
12oz bottle (2009) into a goblet. The pour is a rather clear amber/red that reminds me a bit of apple juice when held to the light. A very small amount of white head sits on top and fades almost immediately to a small ring. The aroma suggests the high alcohol content rather clearly and underneath there is some caramel and dark fruits. The flavor is much smoother (less alcohol hitting you right away) with caramel, bread, and woody tannins hanging subtly in the background. Pretty thick body with a medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2009
It is slightly hazy, dark red amber with a creamy head. The aroma is vinous with notes of wood, fruit, malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of wood, mango, raisin, light peach, apricot and lots of malt and caramel. The finish has a light, citrussy bitterness.

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