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RATINGS: 1747   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Another nice offering from Founders. Pours a cloudy yellow with a grapefruit pink hue. Aroma is slightly boozy, with some malt and a nice mix of fruits. Flavor is full of bananas and cherries, with a lot of malt throughout and a touch of apples and ice cream. Tastes similar to a banana split in beer form. Touches of raisins and yeast. A little too boozy on the back end, but otherwise very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Palidor19 (3163) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2009
pretty good, taste of malts, wood, mild fruit, some burnt malt. tasty a good mouth feel . I love the look like a deep amber. good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2009
The aroma is complex with butterscotch, sour-tropical fruit, caramel, oak, and a touch of peat. The appearance is dark amber with a medium head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thick. Overall this is a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Thanks bro! Pours a ruby color with lots of particulate and a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a few streaks of lacing. Aroma is caramel, butterscotch, dough, some alcohol, and dark fruits. Taste is thick, caramel malts, raisins, and figs. Finishes with a bit of alcohol burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2009
12 oz bottle pours a glowing red with a beige creamy soapy head. Caramel malts doughy and rich with alcohol. Fruity malt flavors. Red fruits, apples, cherries, with strong alcohol following through. Finishes with a charred peaty bitterness that’s dry and lingers. The charred bitterness is intense yet not overdone. Tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Draft at Capone’s: Poured an orange/reddish color with a small head. The aroma was sugary dark fruits. The flavor was raisins, grapes, plums and sweet malts which hides the alcohol well. Overall, an excellent beer by Founders.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Bottle. Huge citrus and caramel apple aroma. Cloudy orange-amber body, small tan head. Flavor is caramel malt, pineapple, and spices. Alcohol is present also, especially in the finish which is distinctly like bourbon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (4042) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2009
Sampled at tronraner’s Xmas Eve^3 tasting. Clear orange amber pour with minimal offwhite head. Aroma of sweet honey and alcohol. Dark fruits, plum flavors. Alcohol on the finish. Not overly impressed, but still a very drinkable big boy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle generously shared by theisti. This is the one Founders brew that I have been wanting to try but have never been able to find in my travels throughout the Midwest. So, thank you for sharing it with me, Tim. :) Pours a cloudy reddish-orange with a ton of suspended sediment and patchy off-white lace. The nose is an interesting fruity blend of pineapple, caramel, craisins and lighter notes of brown sugar and alcohol. Medium to full-bodied and oily with fine carbonation and a dry, moderately bitter resinous finish. The flavor is of round malt and woody tobacco notes with a resinous finish; absolutely nothing like the nose.This is a decent big beer, but the nose and flavor are about as far apart from one another as I can imagine them being, and I had really been hoping for a bit more from this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 Now this is a ale to rave about 12 oz. bottle bought in 2008 no date so i went to founders web site and it read cellered for 2 years so that makes it 2006 when brewed, aged in bourbon barrels and explains the nose and flavor of this beast a cousin of the barley wine.pour was deep copper in color and hazy with floaterswith a nose of bourbon,malts and fruits taste was of of sweet malted grains,oaked bourbon and a mild hop accent balened to perfection fantastic beer

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