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RATINGS: 1701   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Smells of raison, honey, and butterscotch. The first sip is funky, very unique tasting beer. Has a creamy body. Tastes like a butterscotch candy mixed with vanilla, caramel, and rum. This is a peculiar beer, with lots of interesting flavors. Has a moderate bitterness, some sugary notes as well, with a lasting alcohol finish. It is low on my drinkability scale though due to its buttery, honey characteristics.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Radek Kliber (6895) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 20, 2009
Bottle 355 ml
Appearance: ruby red with touch of amber , mid shaded top , vintage ivory.
Nose: deep woody with sweetness of caramel paired with oak and alcohol. Touch of Bourbon ? Great depth. 8+
Flavor/Palate : Mid full bodied. Woody , cask character , hint of Bourbon noted. Light bitterness with wet old wood feel on sides. Alcohol is well covered with some apparent warmth at finish. High quality sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Had the bottle in my fridge for a good while. Poured small, smooth tan head that mostly diminished, no lacing, minimal carbonation, semi-transparent, and an orange brown hue. Aroma was of oak, caramel,vanilla, malty, sweet, alcohol, and earthy. Flavour was malty, caramel, vinuous, vanilla, and sweet. Dangerously smooth, tasty beer. Too bad I only had the one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (6900) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Eagan, Mn. - Cellars Wines and Spirits, 12 oz bottle. Medium copper pour with a slight white head. Alcohol dominant aroma with some bourbon accents. Strong malt accented flavor with lots of bourbon accents. Kind of hard to get through to the actual flavor and essence of this beer. Some nuttiness and toffee comes through but in my opinion it misses the mark. Rich mouthfeel to say the least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7272) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2009
12-oz. Pours a nearly opaque blackish ebony. Thin but fairly dense creamy tannish head that doesnít stick around long at all. Light carb, heavy body. Cola and spice nose. A little thick and sticky drinkiní. More cola, spice, and some cookie dough form the mid-palate. Decent effort. Kinda makes me thirsty for an Adam though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2009
I also finally got around to buying this. Pours amber with a thin off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, some booze, raisins?, and caramel. Good flavor, thick with the malt and booze sort of dominating. For an old ale I didnít imagine it would be 9.8%, but it is incredibly drinkable. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3165) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Tap @ Glass Nickelís pre-GTMW party - Iíve always seen this 4-pack sitting on the shelves but always found something else to buy. Finally got it on tap and wasnít disappointed. Poured a deep amber with no head. Smells sweet, malty, and boozy. The glassware wasnít the best, so it was hard to get the aroma off this one. Taste was caramel, smooth malt, and raisins. Sweet and syrupy, just like Iíd expect. I think Iíll finally pick up that 4-pack for the cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear, somewhat hazed from a good amount of tiny particulate, red body with a brownish tint. Thin, beige head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty. Some buttered popcorn, ripe berries, melon, a light toffee, and a hint of bourbon and floral hop. Flavor is very rich and sweet, but not the fruity sweetness of the aroma. Creamy toffees, a buttery bourbon, a light wood, and some jelly bean fruits up front. A lightly bittered, somewhat resiny hop comes in as well as a light alcohol warmth. Finishes somewhat harsh with a slightly intensified woody bitterness and a sweet, creamy caramel and alcohol. Palate is full, very smooth, and somewhat chewy. Overall, a balanced beer for the most part. Sweet and malty with a bit of a harsh ending. I liked it though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (2018) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Bottle. Dark amber brown pour, little carbonation and a nice light whiskey and vanilla aroma. Flavor was also that of whiskey, malt, wood and finished with some alcohol heat and oaky. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
seta18 (12) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Tap, Reddish color ale. Old style beer, can taste the alcohol, it is a 9.8% beer, but it has the feel of a higher percentage. It has a very harsh flavor that comes with the traditional style that it is brewed in. Founders has impressed me with several beers before, however this is not my favorite style, but itís merely personal preference not reflecting poorly on Founders.

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