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RATINGS: 1489   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2007
12oz poured a golden red with small white-tan head. Nose was all malt, with trace of alcohol. Finally something for the stein. Can not find any date anywhere, but there is a definite bourbon to this, and lots of work wood. There was no taste of alcohol, but a strong warming. Nice stuff, when I open the lid to the stein, lots of funky malts come out. Trade, thanks.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
12 oz. bottle from OhioDad. Pours a hazy caramel color with a small and fast diminishing off white head. Dry woody aroma, young oak, hints of toffee and clover. Tart and extremely tannic in the flavor, lots of oak, somewhat sweet malts, but overshadowed by tannins and astringent herbs, with alcohol and slight pepper finish. Full body, creamy carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2007
Thanks to footbalm for the bottle. Cloudy orange/copper color with a small head. No retention. Aroma of bourbon, brown sugar and vanilla. Taste has a little dark fruit along with the sweet brown sugar, bourbon and vanilla. Also some sourness throughout, maybe close to peaches. Just a little warm. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxxDaddy (407) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa (thanks!). Pours dark reddish-brown with traces of off-white head that leave as quickly as they came. I could smell this bad boy as soon as I opened it, so I knew that I wouldn’t have to dig too much here. This must be a 2006 bottle because there’s a big oak presence here, got hints of bourbon and brandy interestingly enough. Additionally, got some caramel, malty sweetness, and a few times I caught some coconut in there, which was odd, but I love coconut, so hell yeah! As the beer warmed up, the bourbon influence took over the aroma almost entirely. But enough about how it smelled...that’s just foreplay. Taste was nice, mostly bourbon, but has a good background of malty sweetness to complement it. Finish was pretty boozy, more bourbon of course. Pretty sticky palate, definitely good for this sort of brew, despite its relative ease of drinking. A good first impression for the Old Ale style on my tastebuds.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Rich and malty smell upon opening. Low-proof whiskey character, but not too heady. Pours somewhat muddy brown, with a weak head that’s gone in a minute. But a fine taste indeed. Whiskey again, with caramel and Sugar Babies in support. Don’t go looking for hop character here, if you’ve held this for any length of time (this bottle about 6 months old), it’s been reduced to a small supporting role. Grpe juice, prune and blackberry impressions around the sticky, almost gooey brew. May be a bit too sticky for some, especially on this hot August Night (Neil Diamond reference; how postmodern of me). But it’ll be well worth waiting for winter to open the other bottles.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2007
Pours a cloudy brown color with lots of floaties and a ring of light brown lace. Very good aroma and flavor of peated and caramel malt with very mild alcohol. The body is light and creamy and the carbonation is gentle. Another solid Founders product.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 1, 2007
12 oz bottle. 2006 vintage. Poured a clear reddish-orange color. Not much head other than a thin off white ring and a bit of film. Aroma was of plum, cocoa, and malty molasses. Sweet on the tongue with a chewy, slick mouth feel and very little carbonation. The effects of bourbon barrel aging on the flavor are obvious with vanilla, whiskey, and oak flavors imparted. There is also some raisin and malty milk chocolate. Boozy bourbon finish that lingers. Good beer that gets better as it warms.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2007
This is a good beer, but seems a little potent for an Old Ale. It reminds me more of a barleywine than an old ale. Nice caramel flavors with a good supporting body to balance out all the flavor and alcohol. It just reminds me more of a barleywine

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2661) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Pours a cloudy brown color with almost no head. Syrupy consistency. Aromas of raisin. Full bodied and fruity flavors. Malty, chalky aftertaste. Decent but not phenomenal.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2007
2006 vintage. Courtesy of boboski, you are so my hero. The color reminds my of Fall in New England, a warm ochre, redolent of the turning leaves. Aroma is vanilla, maple, burnt orange and that wisp of whiskey. Flavor follows suit, but is a an impressive performance, high notes seem to be a a symphony of sweetness, some bitter orange undertones. The close is a heady bourbon flavor that is well integrated. I live for Old Ales, and this was a definite star.


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