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RATINGS: 1751   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 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 (4047) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2009
12oz bottle via trade with Acknud. This brew did not live up to its rating for me. Pours a mostly clear rusty brown with a small beige ring. Nose was faint with candied apricots with the flavor being sweet and malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2009
12oz. bottle, with thanks to alexsdad06 for the great bonus. Pours a iced tea color with a thin off-white head, moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, dark fruits, caramel, toffee and honey. Flavor is malty, with more caramel, toffee, and candied dark fruits. Enjoyable enough, but everything just didn’t quite seem to come together as well as it could for some reason. Thanks again Brad!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2009
12oz bottle pours deep brown with a creamy tan head. Big time malt, sweet, bread, honey and some smoke in the aroma. Very sweet body with alot of caramel and dark fruit like raisin and plums. There was also some oak and bourbon in there. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Sweet malty and cheesy yeast aromas with some honey and fruits. Foamy tan head and rose colors. Flavors are malty and slightly bitter. Yeast is present. Some orange peel and dried fruit cheesiness. Bitter finish with some bark and woodiness in the flavors. Palate is medium rich. Solid but not syrupy. Pleasure increases as the palate acclimates.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3901) - Kansas, USA - JAN 5, 2009
12 oz bottle courtesy of tjthreh. Pour is cloudy orange amber, with a thin off white head, nice lacing after a quick swirl of the glass. Noticeable floaties in the glass. Aroma of dusty resin maltiness, a bit of alcohol heat. Some floral honey sweetness. Taste is resin, nutty, maltiness - a sharp twinge of alcohol to the finish. Palate is dry, medium, mouth coating, alcohol present. There really is none of the sweetness from the nose in the flavor, in fact this beer did not really taste like it smelled at all. Decent enough beer, but not too complex and a bit harsh for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2009
12oz bottle pours a hazy orange amber with no head, but a small white collar. Aromas of heavy caramel, vanilla, honey and malts, and booze. Flavors of sweet malts up front, honey and vanilla, with a long warm finish.

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