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RATINGS: 1751   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - OCT 25, 2009
After searching for this beer high and low it was finally found and was well worth the trouble and the wait. Poured a dark muddy brown and was thick with floaties - nice creamy but thin white head. Aroma was malty with a whisky hint. Taste was Very Malty with more than a whisky hint. I love the Dirty Bastard by Founders and this was everything I hoped it would be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5717) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Nice ruby-tinted amber coloured body with a clear glow and a very thin tan head. Aroma of alcohol, pit fruits, raisins, vanilla, oak, whiskey and more pit fruits - very nice albeit super potent. Medium to Full-bodied; Assertive alcohol, whiskey and malt up front with a pleasant pit fruit taste behind along with some vanilla and oak flavours still staying put. Aftertaste shows a good amount of raisins and pit fruits, but the alcohol and oak come crashing through. Overall, a good beer - almost more of an oak-aged barley wine, but still a good beer nonetheless. I samped this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits in Washington DC on 25-July-2009, sampled at home on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on 24-October-2009.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Serving: 12 oz. bottle. Appearance: Deep, slightly hazy amber with a small, foamy, light tan head. The head is gone very quickly, leaving a very still pool of brew. Aroma: Earthy with a touch of paper, a bit of bourbon, slight perfume notes, and a little nuttiness. Flavor: Big boozy wood notes, some bourbon, a solid back bitterness provided by herbal hops, and then very sweet with malt. Heavy and rich. Palate: Medium, smooth carbonation with a rich, malty mouthfeel and a long, boozy finish. Suprisingly smooth given the alcohol level. Overall: A potent potable! Better have this one at the end of the night as you night will surely end after a few of these. Very rich and heavy with the booze. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Bottle. Poured a dark amber color with a white head. Left plenty of lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma is sweetness. Caramel, toffee, and malts. Flavor is sweet, then tart. Very good, and very easy to drink even though a higher ABV. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Bottle... Poured amber/orange-ish with a thin, off-white head. Sweet and malt driven. Lots of oak, wood-like and vanilla flavors. Can taste some of the alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jesperhammer (4224) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2009
17-OCT-2009, bottle @home. Beautifull orange with dissappearing head. I put my nose in the glass, and thankfully it is just as anticipated:-) Wonderfull orange aroma, spicy, and bitter. Flavour is more of the same. Nice but low carbonation, and then the loooooong aftertaste that is just right in bitterness. Fantastic beer. Really well-made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5415) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Pours a dark red/amber with small to non existant head. Caramel, toffee, sweet heavy malt, bread, honey, and a hint of vanilla. Good beer, lots of malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2009
From a bottle poured a dark amber color with a small head. Nice strong malty sweet flavor with a lingering finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davetopay (53) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2009
This is about as near perfection as it gets. Fall is here, the air is cool, and the beer has backbone! MALT backbone. Balance is always the key when it comes to strong ales. Itís so easy to over hop in an attempt to keep up with the aggressive malt flavors you find in these beers, but Founderís is keeping things in line balancing the sweet, caramel, toasty, chocolatey, bready, toffee, and coffee notes with the earthy, spicy, and bitter flavor of the hops. It is a super smooth drinker and the almost 10% abv is so well hidden I didnít notice any of the usual phenolic notes you sometimes find in high gravity ales. I plan on stashing some of this in my "cellar" to see how it ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (5334) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2009
Bottled. Aroma has caramel, raisin, lots of hops/pine, bit dusty. Clear, red-brown coloured with an off-white, medium head. The taste is bitter, bit caramel sweetish and citric/piney. Some wine/wood tones. Lingering bitterness in aftertaste. Nice.

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