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RATINGS: 1446   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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Finishing up my little MI or almost MI brew sampling fest with myself. And on top of that, hitting 450 rating. Exciting. Pours a really thick syrupy looking hazy brownish. Nose is huge bourbon vanilla, with a cherry-appley bubblegum aroma that really makes this thing go. Flavor is again bourbony, with a terrific mix of fruits and vanilla. Overall, it goes down really smooth, even at 9.3%, with a really wonderful fruit-oak taste. Iím thinking on tap, just like its fellow Founder brews Breakfast stout and their Imperial Stout, on tap this is probably a 5.0. But in bottle, Iíll go 4.4. Founders is really doing some good tihngs, and I look foward to upcoming releases, and hopefully another brewpub stop.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2006
I liked this alot. Deep hazy ruby color with no head. Aroma of tobacco, pepper, vanilla oak, alcohol. Intoxicating. Spicy taste, not much sweetness from the roasted malts. It is smooth and very drinkable. A style that gets overlooked IMO, which is sad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6051) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Bottle and served at above room temperature in my GL snifter: Poured a combination of mahogany and copper with a nice solid frothy slightly off-white head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of heavy caramelized sugary malts, vanilla and woody bourbon esters, raisin, prune, sea moss fresh from the bog, old aged hops, and a heavy NON-aromatic tobacco ester, NICE!

The taste is a smooth blend of the sweet malt base, sharp and quick to fade bitters, and a consistent oaky and tannic overtone. The vanilla, fruit, and bourbon character is there but never overpowers the basic brew, NICE!! Throughout the beer displayed two main central characteristics: 1) Solid toasted malt and 2) an Olde Ale upbringing that will served it well into aging. The mouth feel is lush and smooth, hidden vinous notes till the end. The alcohol nature should calm in a few months IMO.

Holy shiz, I donít know bout you all, but I found this ROCKED, ROCKED, ROCKED. Perhaps I am just a sucker for an outstanding Olde Ale and biased in that respect. So be it...the other bottles will not be for trade unless I buy more, which is likely the case...hum a case, that sounds about right.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2499) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2006
Unfiltered ruby-orange in color. Broken layer of foam settles into a tightly woven collar of dirty-white cream. Immensely aromatic notes of fresh-cut oak, perfumey tannins, raisins, rhubarb, and vanilla-infused caramel. Soft, densely packed bubbles grace the tongue. An unappealing arrangement of rhubarb and bourbon greets the palate. Bourbon is noticeably soft and composed, and also possesses a fair amount of cleanliness, but the tannins immediately weaken the bodyís strength. An assortment of fruity esters lurks beneath the richness and lends a complementary slickness to the pungent oak. Tannins reinforce the medicinal astringency, but it stops just shy of becoming overbearing as itís quickly muffled by the bodyís plush softness. Hop impact remains minimal up until a hint of bitter grapefruit rind skims the tongue. Alcohol heightens as the flavors evolve, as do a body-reinforcing caramelized sugar and tannic tug. The pungency of the oak negates much of the soothingly soft malts, but a softened oak-derived vanillin sweetness is there to compensate. Flavors lose intensity at the finish, due to the heightening tannic acidity which leaves a trail of candy apples and medicine in its wake. The aroma has plenty of power, but not much allure, and the wood is too raw/fresh tasting and tannic. Had they chosen a barrel with a deeper level of toast, this might have been blissful. I must say, however, that the magic of bottle conditioning is to credit for the wonderful carbonic texture. Not too shabby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2006
12 oz. bottle from Corkscrew in Urbana, courtesy of illini08, thanks Jeremy. pours a dark copper color with some reddish notes and a fast fading head. aroma and flavor is caramel malt, some spice and vanilla. a little bit astringent up front, probably from the alcohol, but overall very enjoyable. another winner from Founders.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Bottle. Pours a murky caramel brown with some red hues peeking through. Off white diminishing. head At first the aroma was very faint, but became more pronounced as it warmed, which was of sugary caramel and alcohol. Mouthfeel is a suprisingly medium light.. Initial flavor of caramelized sugar, vanilla, and oak quickly transitions to a pronounced boozy, warming, and astringent finisih. Hops really take a back seat in the finish. What was really weird about this that is goes down the throat so smoothly, like velvet. No stickiness. Not bad, but I did find the flavors and transitions fighting each other. This one maybe a little young for my tastes. Iíll put one back and see how it ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 10, 2006
12oz bottle: A cloudy brown pour with a slight head that dissipates. A lush aroma of sweet malt, cream, coconut, bourbon and slight alcohol. The flavor is mellow sweetness with the bourbon aging blending and melding very nicely. Itís not obtrusive at all. In fact, it gives a nice complimentary sweet and creamy coconut like flavor. A slick creamy mouth feel and full body make this very drinkable despite the 9.3 ABV. This is an excellent beer. I think I"ll grab another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle from Styles, Thanks Chris. I had a hard time trying to put descriptors to this. The nose did have some oak and woodiness but also had some thing like a moldy piece of fruit that you found in your lunch box on a monday morning. The taste was just as hard to describe but I really liked it. The BA-ing was pretty subtle to me. I wish I had a lot more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4000) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 7, 2006
This was better than most bourbon barrel aged beers Iíve had, but please, Iím begging for this fad to slow down. Pours very dark copper with beige head that dwindles fairly quickly. Aroma is bourbon - traces of the malt as in there, but they are hidden by the dominant bourbon. Medium to full bodied beer with light carbonation. LOTS of bourbon on teh taste. There is some malt, but hard to make out characteristics of it. After a while the bourbon falls out a little bit and the malt comes out more with a very musty caramel taste. I wish I wouls have had this beer before the bourbon barrel aged version. If I want bourbon, Iíll buy a damn bottle - please stop doing this to the beers. At the very least state it is barrel aged on the bottle or 4 pack holder.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9171) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2007 Bottle 2006... Mostly clear, burnt orange ale with a small , creamy, khaki head. Malty, woodsy nose with lots of bourbon. Boozy, bitter flavor. Malt sweetness followed by hop and alcohol bitterness. Full-bodied and oily with faint carbonation. Finishes grassy and woodsy. Thanks go out to growler for sharing the bottle.

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