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RATINGS: 1752   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3561) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Bottle from a trade with phaleslu. Pours cloudy dark caramel color with khaki head. Aromas of molasses, caramel and dark fruits. Moderately sweet caramel flavor with some toasted malts, vanilla and a little alcohol coming through. Chewy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Thanks Peter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kromamc (191) - ITALY - MAR 6, 2010
buonissima... rosso scuro schiuma a grana fine..... al naso note vinose tipo porto molto leggere malto caramellato delicato frutta secca luppolo floreale soave... corpo perfetto morbida avvolgente rotonda... bonaa

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2010
12oz bottled 2/14/09. A year old and itís the first Founders Iíve seen with a twist-off cap, as they are new here in Georgia. Pours amber/copper/brown with a very small off-white head that maintains only a ring on the ege. Laves some spots of lacing. Looks like a barleywine. Aroma is sugary sweet, caramel malts, spiced, vanilla, dark fruits, some bread and yeast, along with a healthy dose of alcohol. Alcohol is better hidden in the flavor that starts with sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, a lot of brown sugar, vanilla, a touch of fruit, bread, chocolate and spice. Mouthfeel is full and silky, low to medium carbonation, more carbonation than a typical barleywine. This is very good, I want to age some but the twist offs make me leary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (10660) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2010
355 ml bottle. From KÝbenhavn, Denmark.
Light amber colour with tiny white head. Yeast, fruits, biscuit and caramel in aroma. Yeast, bitter hops, biscuit and some alcohol in flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2010
12 oz. bottle from Hop City in Atlanta, GA. I wasnít able to produce much of a head on this thin, even when I agitated it heavily. Head sits around the top circumference of the beer. Translucent, nearly opaque, brown color with an orange hue. Iím not really keen on judging the old ales, so donít consider this a judging according to the style. Hmmm...I could swear that I smell vanilla and sugar in this. There might be a subtle syrup aroma in there as well. Smells reminiscent of the Nemesis, in my opinion of course, just not so boozy. I am liking the aroma though. A light bitter aroma penetrates the nostrils, but not in an intrusive way i.e. a light bitter aroma. Wow, a nice sweet caramel finish. Honestly, I can taste the caramel candy flavor. What the fuck are those caramel chews called? Well, whatever they are called I definitely taste them. Nice sweet sugar and vanilla aroma. Slight bitterness carries through. Alcohol is a bit hot in this one, considering other beers with higher ABVs have hidden the alcohol better than this. Very smooth palate; dare I say "dangerously smooth." Sweetness seems to be diminishing as the beer warms. As it warms the alcohol and hops are taking over. I donít like this afore mentioned factor at all. Overall, solid brew, and I am glad to have tried it. It DEFINITELY has its moments where I am thinking it is fucking delicious, and other moments where I am thinking this is not that special.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swilson2 (15) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2010
I really do like this beer. One of my two favorite styles. This beer improves with age. Iíve had after a year and the flavors are really starting to get complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Pours a ruby red color, grainy, with very little to no head. The nose recalls caramel malt, molasses, light dried fruit, and just a touch of alcohol. The palate is warm and inviting, slick and smooth. The taste is mostly sweet, with just a touch of bitterness in the finish. This beer increases in enjoyment as it warms. A true sipper.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1820) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2010
12 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Thick, brownish-orange pour with virtually no head. Aroma of vanilla, apricots, tangerines, pineapple, and oak. The taste is much more bourbon forward (vanilla and oak) than the fruity aromas would lead you to believe. There is some alcohol warming. This is really fantastic stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Founders is on it again!!What a cool brew this is..barleywine-esque with the rasin/prune notes with tons of hops and dried fuit on the palate.This beast is just a tiny notch under the best beers Iíve tried this year.Cool brew that makes me realize why some people say Founders is the best brewery in the US....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2010
pours a transparent brown with little head. nice aroma has some alcohol in it. very smooth beer. hides the alcohol quite well. founders creamy toffee taste. another great one from founders.

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