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RATINGS: 1617   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
B23hopkins (5) - Owensville, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2015 does not count
Great beer, great choice for a late night drink. A must beer to try after a bad day at work!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rok1024 (1270) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - JUN 6, 2015
Cloudy brown reddish appearance, medium head. Strong malty and barley aroma, rich taste, smooth with alcohol well hidden. Very rounded and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
UrbanCaveman (167) - Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2015
12 oz bottle, poured into an oversized wine glass at ~45 degrees F. Appearance: Pours a mostly clear ruddy amber, and forms almost no head. What does form vanishes completely in short order, in a puff of fizzing. Smell: The aroma is subtle, barely there, likely due to the wide-mouth glass. It is mild caramel and sweetness, with very soft hints of oak. Taste: And alas, my hop sensitivity strikes. This has an earthy, ashy bitterness to it which becomes virtually all I can taste. I can faintly, oh so very faintly, make out wispy ghosts of sweet caramel beneath the dirty ashes, but thatís it. Mouthfeel: Acrid and harsh are the only things I can describe this as, like most beers that trip my hop sensitivity trigger. Overall: This is a beer Iíd cite as an example of where "old ale" and "English barleywine" are not necessarily synonyms - Iíve run into fewer English barleywines that I can barely drink than old ales. This may very well be a tasty beer, but itís one I canít enjoy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tandembrauer (618) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2015
Shared bottle @ Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours clear amber with off-white head. Aroma of caramel. Some sweetness, well balanced. Nothing special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fkoolen (609) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle at home. Beautiful hazy lightly reddish brown colour, beige foamy head. Sweet nose with toffee and caramel maltiness and some red fruits. Taste is big on alcohol and malty sweetness, candy cane, a little hoppy bitter too: rather one dimensional but nicely balanced. Finish is short and sweet, a little astringent. Sticky mouthfeel, medium carbonation and firm body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
charlotte (4812) - rÝdovre, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle.clear golden colour with no head.Aroma of brown sugar and syrup nice warming mouth feels and sweet mouth feels with note of caramel and dried fruits nice warming with sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Senka (922) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2015
355ml bottle. Best sugars I ever smelt in a beer. Very good old ale example. Perfectly balanced. Far away from barley wine. Perfect on all of the stages. I actually had it in US several years ago, and now revisiting it brings back good memories.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (1065) - Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Pours mahogany with a small beige fizz. Smells malty, caramel, toffee, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is sweet, malty, toffee, and soft red fruits. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale finishes with a soft candied fruit sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
visionthing (3683) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2015
35,5cl bottle shared by Arve_Christian - thanks! Pours clear deep amber with an off-white head. Malty and caramelly aroma with notes of wood, vanilla, spices and bourbon. Sweet and caramelly with nice, but somewhat strange spicy notes and a certain bitterness. Too much on the sweet side, but still quite interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arve_Christian (3985) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 24, 2015
On bottle at Sara. Dark golden color- some foam. Medium aroma intensity; malt, honey, roasted with barrel influence. Medium/ full body. Some sweetness. Very Enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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