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RATINGS: 1511   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2858) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Bottle. Pours a murky brown with a fine white head. The nose is of sweet roasty caramel, berries, licorice, and earthy notes. Viscous mouthfeel with defined lacing on the snifter. The flavor reminds me of a barley wine, a bit with that familiar sticky sweetness. However, some juicier notes are present such as pears and red Twizzlers. A hint of bark and herbs are in the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Thanks to Illinismitty for this one. Pours wtih a deep amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma slightly sweet and medicinal with a fruity (pear, pineapple) and some alcohol notes. The flavor is very similar with a note of banana. Full bodied, warming and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 23, 2006
(Bottle via trade with OhioDad, thanks Scott!) Has a sort of unique spiciness...Pours murky dark brownish orange with a thin biege head that melts quickly to mostly a ring around the edge. Has an aroma of sweet malt, some alcohol and strong spice presence - was driving me nuts trying to figure out the spice aroma. Some fine webby lacing. Mouthfeel smooth, pretty full. Flavor strongly influenced by the spice (clove, perhaps) and some sweet brown sugary malt. Makes me think of a barleywine but for the spice. Some alcohol burn. Full-flavored, pretty heavy-duty beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Whiskey cider aroma. murky sienna beer with no head. whiskey malt honey cider coriander mom’s spice rack old saltyballs and fruity flavors. lasting tasy finish. superb.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale 12 oz bottle Bottled 03/05 (?), grouched over 10/06 Medium pour in a snifter Poured murky brown with a small beige fizzy quickly diminishing head and minimal ring of lacing. Smelt strongly of raisins, figs, brandy, and light tutti frutti. Taste was upfront strong sweet apple, candied fruits, figs and raisins, with a hint of spiciness, maybe cloves, followed by a moderate sweet sherry with hints of perfumey hops on an average finish that is reminiescent of dried apricots, with a light bitter grassy kick. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, silky, softly carbonated, and light cozy alcoholic warmth and slight astringency. Overall, the flavors and aroma are out of this world. The malt is showcased very admireably but well balanced. Very light feeling for such a strong abv. I want another!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3180) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 14, 2006
Pour of rubied chocolate amber, with a rim of off-white. Aroma is a perfumed, delicated flow of candied plums, raisins, prunes, fig syrup and date husks. Wafting and intoxicating aroma,with a dose of alcohol nip for an enticing effect creating a truly inviting beer. The flavor is another world, with these sweet aged fruits coalescing with tawny aged brandy notes and a full stream of fresh warm cream. Delicate, refined and pure ambrosia, this beer has balance in finest forms. The alcohol is nary too hot, only lightly toasting the humours for an awakening sense. A dose of euro hop dry balance draws out long on the refined sugar smack. Excellent and absolutely delightful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6136) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Shared with biegaman, my bottle. Poured deep murky umber with a minmal head. Aroma of bourbon, alcohol, oak resin, sweet roast malt and something a little sour, like green sour fruit or something. Tastes ... the same, even more vanilla/bourbon sweetness, almost like a screwdriver (the DRINK) made with bourbon with a dash of pure vanilla extract - a pretty cloying finish, really, but woody and there’s complexity there for sure. Thick sticky mouthfeel, no much carbonation, extremely complex estery/boozy finish - very well made but I’m just so bourbon-weary right now I just couldn’t finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 10, 2006
Bottle: Ruby cherry color, no head or lacing. Nose of light sweet rhubard and spruce, nice light hops and a big or high gravity earth note and nice chewy grass; some licorice. Nice complex woody malts, light hops, fruity ethanol. Finsihes chewy. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Dark copper body, soapy light tan head. Aroma seems off. Perfumey vanilla coke and expired run-of-the-mill APA hops. Flavor is lightly smoked malt, some vanilla, and bad, slightly astringent hopping in the background. They seem German, and past their time. The hop character I keep referring to is a flavor in lighter APA-type beers that sit on a shelf for a few months longer than they should. I bought this beer I think about 4-5 months ago, and while it has held up well, I question if that flavor is a sign of hops going in a bad way. It has a pretty full flavor and is complex enough, I just have a hard time getting over that hop.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 8, 2006
12oz bottle. Murky brown hue. Thin membrane of off-white head. Aromas of sweet cherries, tart and sour fruit, cocoa and soggy cookies. This is nice. Malty and cola. What is this...? Something hits me in all the good places! Vanilla? Oak? Woody? Smokey? This is good! Really good! Old Ale? Sign me up. Sugary sweet but with a coffee note that only lingers for a second. Bitter, from the coffee and bittersweet chocolate malts, to the grapefruity hop finish. Grassy? Ginger? Floral? What is going on? What am I tasting? Adjunct? Cocoa? But the flavor is so good. Cooked sugar? Cookies? Anise? Tart fruits. Damn good. Complex and delicious. It kept me guessing all night long and loving every minute of it!

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