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RATINGS: 1433   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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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swigswthwolves (74) - Michigan City, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Pours dark cloudy amber with almost no head. Aroma is of raisins. There is somewhat of a bourbon undertone. The alcohol is quite heavy throughout this pint. Great beer from Founders.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jado (527) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2014
From 345 ml bottle. Pours a clear brick red with some orange highlights and a creamy off-white head. Aromas of soft fruit (fresh pear, apple), flowers, raisins and caramel. Taste is sweet malt and caramel at first before a light almost peppery bitterness creeps in. Some slightly hot alcohol emerges as well. Lingering fruity and spicy finish. Excellent example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SamTheBarrel (446) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2014
355ml 2014 years vintage brown bottle, label has nice artwork of a curmudgeon, poured into a snifter glass. Appearance is clear burgundy colored with a small beige head that dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing. Aroma of raisins, apricot marmalade, toffee and vanilla. Flavours of raisins, apricot marmalade, vanilla, toffee, caramel and oak wood notes. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. Palate is medium bodied, slightly sticky texture and soft carbonation. Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale is an exceptional Old Ale, balanced and with a well masked alcohol without being too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (2818) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2014
Light amber colour, white head. Aroma of caramel, hops and brown sugar. Sweet flavour, caramel, malts and dried fruits. Finish vanilla and bourbon. Nice!
(from 355mL bottle @ RBBWG III, Gent 2014. Thanks for sharing, who-ever brought it!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frothmeister (559) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (443) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - SEP 13, 2014
My first Old Ale and I think Iím in love. I didnít know quite what to expect but I wasnít prepared for all of the sweet, malty goodness and boozy complexity. Iím 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 - Iím pulling out all the fancy words) ale. It was a privilege to bust my Old Ale cherry with this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jorn69 (936) - ńngelholm, 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HuskerTan (497) - 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 canít quite place a finger on but itís a good feature. If all Old Ales are this good, I need more. Then again, itís Founders and they seem to do things right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kavu (2232) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 12, 2014
0,33l bottle @ Vihreš Haltiatar. Pours clear amber with a low head. Aroma is malts, molasses and alcohol. Flavor is malts, alcohol, molasses, smoke and hops. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1380) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Xebbe (30) - - 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

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