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RATINGS: 1557   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Murky copper body; thin head. Aroma - mandarin orange, rusted pipes. Texture of wet clay, paper machť. Extremely musty old-world malt flavor. Some plum flavor. Moderate bitterness of old hops conjures up tree bark(?), chalk(?). Alcohol adds to the body but not to the flavor. Very unique; I donít have any other beers to use as a reference point for comparison. 2 bottles over 2 weeks before I feel comfortable entering a rating. I did like this.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2006
On tap @ Red Bones. Pours an opaque chestnut color with small tan head. Aroma is sweet dark fruits. Taste is very chewy with sweet malts, raison, cherry, and earthiness. There is a bit of alcohol in the finush. but not in a bad way at all. Great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (574) - - APR 21, 2014
Pours a clear copper with a hint of ruby when backlit. Head dissipates quickly to a ring of bubbles along the glass. The aroma is booze, banana bread, and allspice. Flavor is complex - malt, oak, vanilla, with the molasses masquerading as toffee. I am reminded of a bourbon-soaked banana-nut bread, if there is such a thing. This is recently bottled, and will definitely come into its own with aging. 2014 Vintage

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwoodward (572) - - APR 26, 2013
Quite tasty, hides its alcohol relatively well. Some hoppiness, bitter. Creamy. No sourness. Very complex. Iíd love to try a "half" version of this.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
S_Side_Smitty (571) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Pours brown with a small light tan head. Aroma is malts and maple syrup.taste is nice. Sweet syrupy malts up front, chalk in the middle, and a significant bitterness in the finish. Flavors, though not overly specific, are balanced and blended well.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Bottled 04/19/12. ***FRESH*** Not a huge fan of this fresh. Cherry cough syrup in the nose and the taste. Cherry tinted dark brown appearance, clear, with zero head. Nail polish scent, cherry cough syrup. Medium bodied, sticky texture. Sweet tinge to a hop front and then that cherry cough syrup with a hot finish. Iím curious to see if this improves with age.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hanoi (569) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle. Nose is rich molasses, brown sugar, marzipan, slight brandy. Taste is rich, vanilla, brandy butter, brown sugar, booze, leading to dry leather and oak, some dark chocolate and earth then an oily pine finish. MOuthfeel is slick. An outstanding beer that is maybe just a touch to bitter in the finish for my personal preference.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jbuskirk (567) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Another nice offering from Founders. Pours a cloudy yellow with a grapefruit pink hue. Aroma is slightly boozy, with some malt and a nice mix of fruits. Flavor is full of bananas and cherries, with a lot of malt throughout and a touch of apples and ice cream. Tastes similar to a banana split in beer form. Touches of raisins and yeast. A little too boozy on the back end, but otherwise very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2008
I like old ale style but lack of carbonation really limits this brew. Also it is a touch too sweet. I expected moe from Founders


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