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RATINGS: 1490   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frothmeister (585) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
355ml bottle. Cellared for over a year. Pours visibly thick (complete with accompanying glug) with a cloudy rosy beige body, and almost no head. Smells great. Sultana raisins, caramel, dried apple, light buttery oak notes, and light butterscotch. Full bodied and sweet, with woody notes, a light floral note, noticeable medium bitterness, caramel, and raisin up front followed by some more pronounced metallic hopping, dried fruit, and lingering woody notes in the finish. Not picking up much in the way of molasses though. Very much comes across as a barley wine, and a good one at that. Well balanced with no one flavour taking over the spectrum. A repeat purchase for sure.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (481) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - SEP 13, 2014
My first Old Ale and I think I’m in love. I didn’t know quite what to expect but I wasn’t prepared for all of the sweet, malty goodness and boozy complexity. I’m getting ahead of myself, though. The body is amber-brown and the head is impressive for such a high ABV. Aroma is malty rich, boozy, and has touches of oak - very much like a Barleywine, which makes sense. Flavor has dark fruits (raisin, plumb, black berries) and sweetness (brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, maple syrup, caramel). This is a delectable (yes, delectable - I’m pulling out all the fancy words) ale. It was a privilege to bust my Old Ale cherry with this brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jorn69 (1145) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2014
@ Havregatan. Bottle (355 ml) from Systembolaget (35:-). Sweet malty and caramely with a lot of bourbon, wood and dried fruits, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is sweet and light spicy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HuskerTan (568) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle. A- Perfume, marshmallow, roses, alcohol, vanilla, woody, caramel, sweet, malty. A- Dark amber color, clear liquid, off white head. T- Roses, slightly sweet, malty, roses, bourbon, rich. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, strong smooth finish. O- Wow. That is all I can say. This very much resembles a barleywine. Very rich and complex and oh so delicious. There is an aroma and taste that I can’t quite place a finger on but it’s a good feature. If all Old Ales are this good, I need more. Then again, it’s Founders and they seem to do things right.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kavu (2431) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 12, 2014
0,33l bottle @ Vihreä Haltiatar. Pours clear amber with a low head. Aroma is malts, molasses and alcohol. Flavor is malts, alcohol, molasses, smoke and hops. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1595) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
Pours clear caramel with a low off white head. Aromas of caramel, raisins, figs, dates, toffee, ripe apples. Taste is caramel, figs, brandied apples, toffee, dates, slight smoked notes. Mouthfeel is quite thin with low carbonation.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Xebbe (90) - - SEP 12, 2014
Luktar både sött och salt. Även smaken har lite havsvatten i sig. Annars påminner det om tunn belgian strong Ale men med fyllig kropp. Det är tydligt fokus på malt. Lite överskattad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gaultier (484) - SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
@ Nedre Mölla 12/9-14. Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma: Caramely, wood, sweet, notes of raisins. Taste: Caramely, sweet, wood. Body is light full, the finish is bitter and caramely with notes of wood.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
murran (240) - - SEP 11, 2014
Pours a redish brown body with a thin head. Faint malty aroma. Well balanced malty taste with tones of sugars and wood. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (437) - HUNGARY - SEP 11, 2014
A Founders old ale stílusban készült főzete színében borostyán, illatában szivárványszínű. Az egyik kedvenc illatszerekezetem alapjaira épül, melyben megnyugtató egyveleget alkot egy bársonyos, marcipános édesség, kevés vanília pár csepp alkohollal, intenzív vajkaramella és egy árnyalatnyi tölgyfahordós aroma sejtelmes kombinációja; a felépítményt mindenesetre az illatos komló és telt maláta alkotta váz tartja egyben. Visszafogott szénsavtartalmú, selymes testében cseppet sem meglepően visszaköszön az előbbi kép, ízhatás tekintetében mintegy két részre osztva az élményt, melynek első felében a malátás krémesség csemegeszerű ízjegyeket produkáló, a sziruposság határát el nem érő jellegét csodálhatjuk meg, ezt követi aztán a karcos, de tartalommal teli utóíz, melyet a komló élesítő hatásának köszönhetünk. Voltaképpen ez esetben is felismerni véljük egy barley wine-anya és india pale ale-apa házasságának gyümölcsét személyében, a két stílust egyaránt kedvelőket tehát semmiképpen nem érheti csalódás fogyasztása során.


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