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RATINGS: 1726   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.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Bottle courtesy of bulldogp04. Poured a hazy amber with a thin beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, wood and booze. Medium bodied with decent carbonation and tongue prickling alcohol. Flavor is very boozy, really tastes like bourbon was added. Also present are notes of vanilla, wood, spice, and rasin. Finishes like bourbon with lots of warming alcohol. Seems a little unrefined.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2009
medium brown with medium white head. carbonation is moderate. nose of english hops and sweet malt. a fair degree of malt bitterness is the initial flavor, followed by a reasonable level of hop flavor, which finishes with a high degree of residual sweetness from unfermented sugars as well as some specific raisony crystal flavors. a very nice example of the style that improves as the beer warms to near room temp

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle at The Headkeeper. Pours a dark and hazy amber, average beige head, some lacing. Sweet malt, caramel and some subtle hop notes are noted in the aroma. The flavor profile is dominated by sweet malt, caramel, then touches of raisin, whiskey and/or bourbon and some subtle oak notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
markwise (5096) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2009 Thanks to goryskewych for this 08 bottle. Yes, you’re going to think I am crazy for this rating, but this beer is a sucker punch of flavor. Amazing symphony of barrel and beer. Pours a hazy red-brown with a minimal white-ish head. Nose is brandy, spice, raisin, booze, toffee, ripe fruit, figs, plums, and all manner of goodness. Flavor gives chills... brandy, raisin, whiskey, overripe dark fruit, vanilla, and barrel. A mountain of sweetness, but not oversweet. This beer is like enjoying the company of an old friend. Medium-bodied and beautiful to look at and enjoy. Every sip brings remarks of "holy shit," but in a good way, not like Mbege. This beer lingers with malt sweetness before the flavor and beer are gone and I begin looking for another beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2009
The flavor here was just off, maybe I got a bad bottle, and will have to try another of my 4-pack and maybe re-rate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Hazy brown ruby pour with a big beige head. Spicy citrus and molasses aroma, also other ripe fruits are present. Smooth caramel texture with alcohol and sweet fruits, and a bitter roast finish. Great balance, very flavorful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (3523) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2009
On tap at Brixie’s, Brookfield, IL. Served in a 10 oz. footed ale glass. Poured a clear, deep amber with an off white head and clingy lacing. The aroma combined some light grain with light sweetness to give off some vanilla and a wisp of banana. The flavor added some smooth malt, caramel, light sweetness and some warming alcohol. Nice fullness in the body with a tongue coating mouthfeel. Solid brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slitcher (267) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Pours a dark copper with a small tan head. Raisins, toffee, and vanilla on the nose. Dark brown sugar, raisins, port and alcohol. An excellent sipping beer and one I plan to cellar for a while to see how it developes. Founders does it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12011) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2009
12oz bottle–pours an off white ring for a head and hazy copper color. Aroma is medium malt-toffee, dark fruit-cherry, boozy/wood. Taste is medium malt-toffee/brown sugar, dark fruit-cherry/raisin, boozy/wood, herbal/spice hops. Nicer as it warmed to cellar temp then room temp. occasional. Sipping. Thanks to decaturstevo for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUN 19, 2009
This the current release of this beer. Deep amber pour with a payful off white head. Vanilla bean, caramel, and sexy oak fruit on the nose. The entry is rich as the ripe peach and vanilla penetrate the taste buds. Layers of stone fruit and warm sugar blanket the senses. Warming alcohol and vanilla tannin?, flatten out the midpalate. A slight doseof hops and a dash of sour whiskey provide a less than long lived finish, as the bitterness crisps things up. Points for structure and future reward. Very good, very young. Built for the cellar first, the fireplace second. 95 with age

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