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RATINGS: 1736   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CamdenD (1177) - 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 (7870) - 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 (10214) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2009
355 ml bottle. Reddish brown colour. Crystal clear. Medium-sized white fine-laced head. Rich caramelly aroma with notes of bread and toffee. Aroma is very intense, and very enjoyable. Sharp hop bitterness on the tongue. This mixed with strong caramelly malt flavours. Body feels surprisingly light given the initial impressions. Alcohol is noticeable, but mostly giving a warming sensation. Finishes much lighter, both in flavour, bitterness and character. Overall a great beer. Would have been even better if it could have followed up after the initial explosion of flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2009
Red, brown colored brew. Nice sweet malty, oaky, vanilla aroma. Some bourbon, dried fruits. Flavor is balanced, vanilla, dried fruits, sweet malts, raisin and bourbon, Hoppy finish. Thick texture. Nice brew, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ContemplateBeer (1973) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Aroma of brown sugar, caramel and rum. Appearance was reddish brown with creamy tan head. Flavor matched the nose very well. Palate was bubbly. Good, but perhaps a bit overrated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MeadMe (1601) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2009
A: Pours a reddish brown hue with a thunderous head. Quite a few bubbles but very little lacing. S: Very big. Tons of malt, oak, bourbon, cherries and vanilla. You could pass this off for a very nice snifter of Bourbon. T: The smell defined the taste in this one. Tons of oak. Like fine barrel aged bourbon baby yet soo much more complex. Besides the oak the alcohol is present, there is also vanilla and chocolate candied covered cherries. Lovely Brew. M: Medium bodied yet clingy. Takes hold of my mouth and throat with the strong oakiness, and burns its way down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Pour amber brown with a small tan head. Aroma is caramel, roasted malts, and toffee. Flavor is full of caramel with hints of chocolate, vanilla and wood with some hints of bitterness as well. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2009
A hazy light brown colored beer, with a small foamy beige head. The aroma of hops with some bitter. There is caramel and fruits. The taste of a lot of caramel with hops. There are hints of chocolate. Itís fruity with some spices. A little alcohol. The aftertaste is bitter with some sweet with spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bullit (4389) - Burgos, SPAIN - DEC 3, 2009
Draft at brewery. Orange colour, small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, sweet fruits, vanilla. Flavour of sweet caramel malts, fruits, vanilla. Well flavourd. Medium bodied. Good stuff.

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