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RATINGS: 1378   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.


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2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mgatesy (23) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Not my style of beer. Had a bottle that had been cellared for 4 years and preferred it to fresh.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2034) - SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2014
355ml bottle. Pours an almost clear deep amber, with a small off-white head. Rich, complex aroma, caramel, malt, molasses, wood, vanilla, dried fruit, hops, fudge, candied sugar. Off-dry, medium to full bodied, mid bitterness, creamy CO2. Complex, balanced taste, caramel, vanilla, wood, candied sugar, nuts, fudge, hops, tannins. Wonderfully balanced and complex. I wonder what a few yearsí ageing will do to this beer? (2014-07-22)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (2461) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; clear copper pour with a foamy beige head, aroma has dark fruit and a hint of pine, taste has resinous pine, caramel, some spice, winter fruits, a hint of spirit. Grows as you drink it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hockeybeerguy (1612) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Rcvd in trade. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice hazy amber color with just a film of lacing that quickly died and left a bubbliness of sorts along the sides of the glass. The smell has a really nice oaky bourbon aroma letting in some light vanilla to entangle itself throughout. There was some light cherries at the end. The taste was sweet and had a touch of hot from the strength of the beer. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with not much of a sessionability about it. I sipped it for the most part. The carbonation was super smooth almost as if it wasnít there at all, but I could tell it was slightly there. Overall, I could be wrong but the last time I had something from Founderís, I thought they would stamp the bottle with a born on date in green. There was no date to be found. Honestly, Iím not too worried but think I may have gotten an older bottle due to the slight lack of strength of the booze and the subdued carbonation. If anything, this one aged was absolutely excellent and definitely welcome this again and see if I could get a fresh bottle just to compare.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
varanid99 (477) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2014
Deep amber pour with no real head. Dark caramel, burnt brown sugar, dried fruit aromas. Sweet, caramel fudgey taste, toffee, vanilla, dried fruit, woody flavours. Not boozy, really well balanced. This was great, and even better as it warmed up slightly

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (472) - - JUL 15, 2014
Draft. Pours a dark amber. Aroma is caramel and brown sugar. Taste is similar to the nose and creamy.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tillmac62 (172) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2014
BOD 4/13/13. Pours a deep amber with a heavy deep dark ruby hue. Weak head and lacing due to the alcohol content. Heavy nose of dark malt (caramel), molasses and dark fruit sweetness over alcohol with bourbon and oak notes. Light carbonation. Almost full bodied with a nice smooth creamy texture. The complex flavor profile is well balanced. It begins with sweet dark fruit flavors (fig, plum and raisin) which flow into a significant bourbon element. As the bourbon fades, oak and vanilla present themselves over a molasses note. The finish is smooth and leaves you with a light alcohol burn and a touch of hops. This is the Olde Ale standard, IMHO. BOD 4/13/12. Similar head, but hazy with flocculants. The nose is similar, but quite subdued. Bourbon is the most prevalent while the dark fruits have receded. Same body and carbonation. Like the nose, flavors have also gone downhill. Age has decomplexed the flavor profile. While still outstanding, it just doesnít reach out and grab you. Everything is there, but in a subdued fashion and more of a blended presentation rather than a progression on the palate. On itís own, I would give the aged version a 4.1.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle, 07/11/2014. Pours ruby brown, nearly clear with slight haze, light wispy head. Aroma is fruity malts, touch of cotton candy, caramel and with mild orange hop character, slightly grassy, mild wood finish. Taste caramel with piney hop middle. some roast adding to moderate bitterness, fruity undertones, some booze and vanilla, wood in the finish. Medium thick body. Nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
s_hartshorne (1072) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle bier huis ossett. Red colour no head. Aroma is caramel molasses vanilla some wood notes bourbon. Taste is same great malty backbone decent lingering bitter finish with alcohol warmth. Nice smooth body and mouthfeel. Really good old ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kansascityCW (109) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Orange- red color, small head died fast. Lots of molasses and alcohol in the nose. This is a good beer but a little hot for my liking. Iím hoping this will benefit from a year or two in the cellar.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotchzombie (318) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Pours a translucent rusty red brown with a soapy yellow tan head that settles slowly. A bit of wet, short-lived lacing. Aroma is earthy oak, malts, molasses and darkfruits. Taste is a nice balance of dank and musty oak, sweet molasses and vanilla and prunes and a bed of bitterness. Finishes with a warming swarm of alcohol. Super smooth. Best of its style that I've had. Yum.


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