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RATINGS: 1698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.


3.9
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2848) - New York, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Draught from R&H. Poured a brownish with litttle head. Dark sweet wood. Alcohol was noticeable.

4
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brigg (589) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Tap @ TacoMac, Johnís Creek. $9.00, 10oz pour. Medium brown-reddish color. Rocky light tan head. Aroma of mixed berry, spruce, and caramelized praline nuts. Flavor has a vanilla, bold malt. Finishes with a pine bitterness. Lots of dark fruits in the finish. Bold hop, sticky malt. Sexy lace left on the glass. Oak aromas come through as it warms.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 3, 2010
Bottled 355ml. Bottled 02/24/09. It pours an amber beer with a small head. Sediments floating. Dried mushroom (boletus)- what I sometimes put in my risotto and a lot of caramel in the nose. Sticky spotty lace. Fennel sneaking in. Full bodied, sweet and nutty. Overrated in my opinion.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (7659) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 27, 2010
Dark orange .. strong medium foam .. . pretty sweet for an old ale, light fruit, raisin, caramel and a fruit salad from mars flavours .. . nice stuff, i would love to try this on tap.. . the man on the label depresses me .. . Stan, poke your grandma!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2010
Hazy amber-brown topped by a thin ring of foam. Toasty, caramel malt aroma with some underlying fruits and grape skins. Sweet malts, raisins, and an earthy hop bitterness. Not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2010
Pours a deep orange, brown haze with a thin soapy white head. Has an aroma of vanilla and dark fruit. Has a taste of licorice and dark fruit. Has a nice malty backbone. Pretty well balanced. Not too sweet. Could probably use a bit more hops, could use some more bitter. Bitter is very subtle. Alcohol comes through. My first stab at an old ale. Has a barleywine feel, but is less sweet and more dry.


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