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RATINGS: 1399   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gamin (97) - - AUG 4, 2014
Poured from a 2012 bottle so it's about 2 years old for me. Poured a deep murky amber with minimal head that dissipated quickly. It's not exactly inviting. Smells of booze, caramel, and a bit of butter. Tastes surprisingly smooth. A wonderful beer to sip slowly, savoring it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tommann (2666) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2014
355ml bottle. Pours dark orange with a small head. Aroma is rich caramel, molasses and raisin. Taste has raisin to start with a strong woody molasses and alcohol finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (975) - BELGIUM - AUG 4, 2014
Craft ’old ale’ (though more an English-style barley wine to me) with thin, snow white, coarse, quickly opening head and murky copper colour. Very rich vinous and fruity aroma of pear, chocolate, rosewater, gingerbread, honey, mango, strawberry, amaretto, rosé wine, sage, white pepper. Fruity taste with some candi, bit earthy, fresh citrus notes, but also a lot of brandy-like alcohol that comes up quicker than expected, though nowhere becoming astringent; flat carbonation and therefore a bit thin body, even watery, unexpected in view of its strength, nutty maltiness, spicy finish with strong, citrussy American hoppiness and of course the warming alcohol. Complex and interesting, but not entirely flawless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdb288 (510) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle (2012, opened in 2014). Pours orange/amber with no real head. Aroma is honey, floral, blood orange. Taste is thick, gloopy with lingering sweetness. Again, lots of honey/sherry flavor here. I would’ve called this a barleywine in a blind taste. Perhaps some oxidation issues with this bottle. Malt is quite sweet but there is some balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RafeAU (59) - Kingston, AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle, pours amber, minimal head. Sweet, rich, brown, alcohol warmth. The oak is subtle. Good mouthfeel from the carbonation. Drink just below room temperature. Deceptively easy to drink for a high alcohol beer. Reminded me of some high alcohol rich darker Belgian beers. Another very nice Founders brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Muggus69 (1164) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2014
355mL bottle BB 17/6/14 Good looking beer - deep teak body, some clarity, with small but dense beige head persisting. Rich aroma packed full of dark earthy caramels, toasty oak, dried apricot & raisin, rummy boozy with undertones of aged mustiness you get in older beers. Palate is thick & oily without being cloying, restrained carbonation, lingering long on the finish. Oak comes through more on the body; toasty, slightly charred, notes of coconut & butter, with dark rum & bourbon complementing rich unctuous toffee & earthy dried fruits. What starts quite sweet & luscious finishes dry, warming & spicy. A great example of an Old Ale - right on the money & delicious!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bierkitty (158) - Elysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Hazy darkish amber pour with a tiny ring of lacing. Aroma of dark fruit and malt. Flavor is dark fruit, pine and caramel. Surprisingly dry and smooth. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
micieli6000 (27) - New York, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Fantastic aroma and very nice looking beer. Nice head and a beautiful copper color. Finishes great. Another Founders classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (691) - Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Poured from the bottle into a dark foggy red color with a thin off white head. Has a dark fruit aroma black cherries and alcohol. A slight spiced syrup flavor towards the end. Heavy carbonation. Very drinkable for the abv on the higher end. An interesting beer overall. Also paired really well with my blackened catfish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlbeer (771) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle at brewfest. Amber pour with white head. Smells of malts and slight sourness. Tastes sweet with slight sour and alcohol.

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