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RATINGS: 1741   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 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Bottle, thanks TearsForBeers! Pours murky mahogany, a beige head with traces of lace. Vanilla bourbon aroma. Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Oaky bourbon up front in the taste, followed by nuts and a dash of fruit. Dry and softly spicy finish. The complexities of the malt get crushed by the oak and bourbon. This beer probably should have spent about half as much time in the barrels as it did, so its influence on the taste ends up being somewhat more subtle than a hand grenade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2008
UPDATED: APR 6, 2009 This is what happens when a boat load of malt meets up with a truck load of hops while being mixed by craftsmen of the highest order. Pure matrimony, no in fighting between two heavyweight egos of ingredients, no domination of one over the other, just the pure bliss of which we are the recipients of such art. Care is taken in the manufacturing of this beer, I guarantee it. Smells of raw honey, dairy cream and fruity hop sweetness. Looks amazing, a cloud of orangey garnet. Taste blows the joint up!! Saturated sweet smoky maltiness along with a heft that Ive rarely experienced with a finishing hop tang. Creamy decadent goodness. 2008 12 oz. Thank you Founders.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10416) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2008
Hazy dark amber with large beige head. Sweet aroma with overripe fruits, roasted malt and caramel notes. Sweet flavour with roasted malt, ripe fruits, caramel and alcohol notes. Finished sweet with warming alcohol notes. Well done and full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2008
12 oz. bottle, 2008 vintage. Pours cloudy pinkish amber with plenty of fine floaters and a splotchy yellow head that leaves spotty lace. Aroma is sweet, fruity (dates and apricots), with some brandy and bread. Flavor is sweet and malty with lots of fruity and some bready notes. While it tends sweet, this ale is pretty well balanced and almost a bit dry in the finish. Medium-full bodied and creamy smooth, with medium-low carbonation. Warming but not at all hot - this is damn drinkable on a winters eve. Very nice old ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHANER4 (491) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2008
12 oz. bottle - Poured a deep copper color with small head. Aroma - banana bread, yeasty and alcohol. Flavor - Medium mouthfeel, yeasty and grainy. Palate - average to light carbonation. Long strange aftertaste. Overall - alright beer, silky smooth but aftertaste is strange.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmac (5467) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2008
12 oz bottle first purchased at EZ Liquors and then multiple 4packs from various stores since. Pours a clear reddish amber with a small light beige head. The aroma on this one is simply not to be missed....wet wood, coconut, light sherry background, vanilla, golden raisins, lots of earth. Flavor on this one had some slight barleywine hints with some caramel,vanilla and alcohol but then there was also the fresh hops and wood with a slight touch of coconut. Full bodied with strong carbonation and a slight touch of alcohol warming. This was one kick ass beer that I really really enjoyed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Bonus points for high alc. Also very smooth. I enjoyed this brew and Founders is proving to be a great brewery

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2008
I like old ale style but lack of carbonation really limits this brew. Also it is a touch too sweet. I expected moe from Founders

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Opaque tan-orange with a moderate white head. Nose has sweet vanilla and bourbon, but also a very odd creamy scent: earthy, clean, almost like mud after a rain or orange without any of the citric bite. Flavor is very similar, almost exact in fact, except even more passive. Watery palate, finish is moderate in bourbon. Overall unique but rather bland, I cannot understand what the intent was here, just really odd.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2008
Bottle: Pours a hazy amber/copper with a dense light tan, thin head. Big aroma- vanilla sweetness is there with some dark fruit notes of plum, fig, sherry, maple, and a mild booziness. Big bodied, but never cloying. Chewy, big malt presence in the flavor. Plum, honey, dates, bitter dark fruit skins, spicy ethanol notes, but it is smooth in its booziness- almost rummy. The finish has residual toasted malt qualities along with a long resiny hop presence to dry out the initial big malt body. Despite its high gravity, it remains drinkable. This solid Old Ale may improve with time.

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