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RATINGS: 1399   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Sampled at the Corkscrew, Urbana, during their weekly Sunday tasting. I’m really taken by the notes of nutmeg and vanilla in this one, from the nose to the palate. The bourbon barrels add to a solid old ale rather than detracting. There’s a good hop finish. What’s lacking here is a heavy mouthfeel, and more candided fruit and spice that I might expect from an old ale. Its certainly doesn’t try to be a barleywine, so in some sense, its kind of a novel beer. One doesn’t see many bourbon aged old ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Another great one from a great brewery. Dark reddish/copper with a small beige head that exits quickly. Lots of bourbon in the nose, vanilla notes, subtle spices, caramel malt. The alcohol isn’t subtle but is inviting and pleasant. Medium to full bodied with a smooth feel and the alcohol warmth. The taste was dominated by the bourbon flavor, mellowed by some vanilla sweetness and spiked by some nutmeg. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Dark ruby color with only a slight beige head. Strong aroma of whisky when is first poured, after it sits awhile it smells more woody with some sweet malt in the background. Flavor is very woody with alcohol in the background. Disappointingly lacking in malt, sweetness and body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2006
from the bottle, poured a cloudy brown with a small tan head that left no lacing. aroma just like the description says aged on bourbon barrels and the boubron comes out nice and strong than some sweetness along with the malts couldn’t get anything else out of it after it warms the aroma subsides a bet. flavor, the bourbon was as strong as the aroma which was a could thing, than along came the malts and sweetness got molasses, and some dark fruits became easier to drink when it warmed

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 Is this beer or bourbon? I have never tasted a beer like this before, it tastes like bourbon, the taste of beer is non-existent. I am not sure how to rate this brew. I bought this non-refrigerated, the case says must be refrigerated, is this why it tastes like bourbon and not beer? A hazy brownish-orange with no head. I do know one thing, this beer/bourbon has a high alcohol content that kicks you in the ass!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2404) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Bottle thanks to OhioDad. Well, here goes another ’old ale’ I wonder how different this one will be. Pours copper with a bit of lacing. Aroma is not strong could barely pick up some carmel sweetness. Taste is watery with strong alcohol-bourbon flavor and pine. Burns the throat a good deal. Mouthfeel is watery. This pretty much felt like a watery alcoholic and piney drink. Got no heavy maltiness or sweetness as I would expect from such a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Clear brown body. This is one malty SOB. Has a big sweet, fruity aroma. Caramel, brown sugar, coffee cake with some port-like alcohol (probably the barrel) on top. The sweetness doesn’t have the sharp caramelized notes of brown sugar or molasses but rather retains their sweet elements and therefore is very smooth and silky with the oily alcohol pooled on top. The same big malts are in the body but it’s marred by pine needle gin. Caramel, chocolate and coffee cake start the flavor with pine needles, alcohol, and unripe apples finishing it off. Good mouthfeel. I’d enjoy the beer more if the alcohol wasn’t so gin-like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Bottle. Thanks to Brennon @ Kah’s Fine Wines for turning me toward this brew. Pours a very creamy looking golden brown. Very little head or lacing that I can see. Aroma is of figs, malts, maple syrup, nuts and bourbon. WOW, What a mouthful. Taste is of malts, maple syrup, figs, some cirtus hops as well. There is also a very nice flavor of bourbon in this brew. Very nice aftertaste of bourbon and citrus. You can feel this one going down. Not a huge alcohol burn. But there is some there nonetheless. I am starting to think that Founders can make nothing bad. Way to go guys!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark amber brown. Strong alcohol taste. taste of caramel and malt. good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - MAY 19, 2006
This was pretty interesting. Pours a very hazy and rich amber with very little head. Aroma is strong with liqour and sweet malts...a bit of wood and fruit as well. Flavor is much less intense than the aroma would suggest, but still quite complex Heavy sweetness from the malt and fruits get rounded out nicely by the bourbon, wood, and spicey overtones. Not much alcohol either, but a bit warm. Only problem I found was a slight paper flavor. Mouthfeel was very flat and a bit syrupy, but I actually think that it seved the rest of the beer well.

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