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RATINGS: 1633   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shadey (1998) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2012 12oz 2006 bottle. About 1 year old. Poured into a snifter the color is a muddy brown and the head is a clumpy layer of white cream and lace. The aroma is rich caramel malts and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is equally rich but not nearly as sweet as I had anticipated. The flavors are hard to pick but I guess this just isnít my style of old ale. 6/4/5/3/11

12oz bottle. Fresh. Still not a personal favorite, but itís a sophisticated and complex beer. Lighter in color than I remember and more astringent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Founders hits the bullseye once again with this excellent beer. Itís rare when you find a brewery that consistantly makes outstanding beer, so I know whenever I see the Founders name on the label that Iím in for something tasty. The beer pours out a deep, dark copper/amber color, 1 finger thick head with not much lacing. First aromas I could pick up were wood, bourbon, and light fruits with an underlying mapley sweet character that I found very enjoyable. Flavors were simply fantastic. The tastes that immediately hit you is the combo of oak/woody and caramel malts which is fantastic. Bourbon, light smoke and vanilla round out the flavors, but this is one hugely malty beer. I absolutely loved it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Holtguy (135) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 Dark amber color, small head. Whiskey aroma and flavor, with strong maltiness and sweetness. Itís so sweet itís sticky. But the boozy nature of the beer, coupled with the malt and oak flavor balance this out very well i like this beer a lot. One of my all time favorites. I thought my score should reflect how highly I think of this beer. Re-rate: the 2013 batch has 9.8% abv, which I think is a tad higher than it used to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8701) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2008
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 Dark muddy purple in color with a thin head. Old, crusty fruit and bread in the nose with a bit of an oxidized smell, Iím loving every second of itÖ crusty old fruity old ales are something I really love, and this one, with a fuller yeast presence than most, is awesome. Notes of old cake, stale pie crust, wrinkled plums combined with an amazingly frothy texture and a brandy-like note create a really nice, moderately hopped old ale that feels older than it actually is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3900) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Rich burnt amber color, hazy. Fruity aroma--coconut and rotting pomegranate. Smooth palate. Solid beer, all-around enjoyable on a cold winter night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jezmez68 (404) - Chesterton, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Shared a 12 oz bottle with 3 friends, one who returned with the bottle from a visit to the Brewery in Grand Rapids. Pours amber, with a little head. Smelled of scotch. Tasted sweet and scotchy. Overwhelming nose. A nice beer, but not one I would drink all day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Bottle: Another great beer from Founders. Pours amber with a tiny head. Very, very sweet aroma. Flavor of alcohol, but not too overpowering. Very thick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Sampled at WBF. Pour: amber and orange. Head: creamy and light beige. Aroma: sweet, a lot of malt, hops, bourbon. FLavor: alcohol, sweet, strong malt, bourbon. Palate: THick bodied. FInish: warm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2007
bottle from hopdog...no BB date but it was on sale...pours the same color brown as the bottle with a long lasting tan head. it leaves some pretty serious residue on the glass. monster malt aroma with raisins, cinnamon, citrus, brown sugar and booze. flavor is on the sweet side but certainly tolerable with notes of raisins, vanilla, wood, whiskey and dried spices (possibly from the yeast?) the finish is rather dry and grassy with lingering alcohol, wood and booze. medium to full bodied with a sticky rich mouth feel and decent carbonation. itíd be nice to lay some of these down. but, wtf? with the twist top?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2007
12oz bottle from my Secret Santa. Aroma of brown sugar, wet musty wood, apple skins, a hint of spice and alcohol. Pours muddy copper/dark brown with a creamy off white head leaving excellent sticky lacing. Bourbon spice, wood, brown sugar, alcohol, pear skins, sweet malt and some grassy hops on the tongue. Creamy, leaning toward full bodied with good carbonation for an old ale. One of the better old ales Iíve had.

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