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RATINGS: 1579   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bottle. Muddy brown, like dirty river water. The aroma goes with that description -- exceptionally sour and dirty. Wow, this has a strong flavor -- like furniture polish. Exceptionally malty, and bordering on the sour, this is for the accustomed palate only. (#3625, 8/2/2009)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (8028) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2009
On tap at MBG Summer Festival. Poured a reddish hazy amber with a light brown head. Aroma was sweet throughout with barley notes. Began with sweet malts but dark notes as well as alcohol grew throughout. Quite thick on the tongue,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
slipy120 (81) - Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2009
The aroma is strong of grain and you can smell the alcohol (seeing as this beer is 9.8% ABV that is normal). The color is almost red and the when poured there is a very small head that disappears almost immediately. It is sweet with a bitter finish but not as bitter of a finish as in stouts. Overall good beer and another reason I am happy to have Founders in town.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2009
12 oz bottle from Founders. I love founders so its fitting that this is my 100 beer rating. Pours a dark orange color, almost brown. Aroma is very good I smell the alcohol, some barley, and some fruit hints. Taste sweet yet spicy. Iím feeling the alcohol in this one. It is very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (6153) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2010 Bottle. Pours a dark red body with slight haze and a ton of sediment. The aroma is malt, fruit, caramel. Mouthfeel is incredible and smooth with notes of malt and fruit (raisin and prune).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (3697) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 26, 2009
From a 12 oz bottle this poured a very rich and dark amber with an off-white head and lots of lacing. Mouthfeel very slick and oily. Flavor is of sweet malt, ripe fruit, alcohol, and earthiness. Reminds me a lot of Old Stock from North Coast. A very nice brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tedovertu (287) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Heavy perfume resin hops mixed with a little butterscotch. Also taste a little bourbon. Small fizzy off white head that has virtually no lacing. Medium amber body. Slightly bitter with a little sour milk in the finish. Extremely long duration. Full bodied with an oily texture. Lightly astringent with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5410) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Slightly hazed deep amber pour. Dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel malt, and a hint of abv. Sweet malt, dried fruit, abv, and a good bitter. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2009
12 oz bottle served in a tulip glass. Pour was a hazy brown with rusty highlights. The head was thin and white, which dissipated rather quickly, and left a small amount of lacing. Nose is malt, yeast, bread, barely, dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste is malt, earth, yeast, and plums with a slight hop bitter in the wet finish. This is a very delicious beer, especially if you are a connoisseur of big/heavy dark beers. This has all the wonderful characteristics of those styles, yet doesnít weigh you down quite as much. This would be a great compromise for the warmer months, provided it wasnít too hot outside.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 22, 2009
This is a nice beer. Although it says this version wasnít barrel aged, Iíd almost swear some wood was used somewhere along the way. There are some nice tannins and a woodsy flavor that offset the thick malt bill. Possibly one of the easiest drinking 9.8% beers, even though it punishes you along the way with the alcohol and the tannic/bitter nature. Iíll pick up another 4 pack of this.

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