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RATINGS: 1304   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Smells of raison, honey, and butterscotch. The first sip is funky, very unique tasting beer. Has a creamy body. Tastes like a butterscotch candy mixed with vanilla, caramel, and rum. This is a peculiar beer, with lots of interesting flavors. Has a moderate bitterness, some sugary notes as well, with a lasting alcohol finish. It is low on my drinkability scale though due to its buttery, honey characteristics.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - OCT 29, 2009
12oz. bottle at home: Pours a nice dark tarnished copper with a decently creamy but fading yellowed head. Huge malt aroma bursts over the rim of the glass. Rich caramel, honey and treacle drizzled all over the mounds of malt. Toasted light brown bread crumbled on top and just a pinch of herbal hop for garnish. All topped off with a shot of whiskey malt. The massive malt continues on the tongue with a quick hop burst. The sweet caramel, and toasted malt notes push the hops to the side and roll on to the back. Medium-full bodied brew offers a nice creaminess as it glides over the tongue. As the beer reaches the back it thins out with alcohol and rockets down your throat with a nice warming effect. The hops then jump on this chance to pop back up in to the back-sides of your mouth. The hops and pure caramel stick around and have a party until the next sip arrives. Thats a nice beer. Just a touch less alcohol and this would be a truly amazing story.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Founders is on it again!!What a cool brew this is..barleywine-esque with the rasin/prune notes with tons of hops and dried fuit on the palate.This beast is just a tiny notch under the best beers I’ve tried this year.Cool brew that makes me realize why some people say Founders is the best brewery in the US....

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Poured from a 12oz bottle to tulip, just shy of a year old: A dark amber gold with a finger and a half of dense, lacy creme brulee head. On the nose there’s tons of figs and candied sugar. Booze really pulls through with a soft snort. On the tongue, there’s every element of the aroma with the addition of some harsh nutty bits. Far more aggressive than I was anticipating. Overall, a decent beer with all its ducks in a row but I’m going to give the other three some time to relax.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Bottle shared with Gabe. Poured murky brown with small head. Malty, sweet aroma with a small hint of chocolate. Taste is similar to a barley wine. Not a bad brew.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Pours a thick, viscous dark amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is malty. Mouthfeel is thick. Taste is malty without being overly sweet. It has a slight alcohol finish....very warming.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ewestern (254) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2009
Amber colored pour with not much head. Weak aroma of alcohol, spices and citrus. It was almost like watered down whiskey with just about the same burn in the belly. Softened a bit as it warmed up but that almost made it worse. Some definite fruits an malt flavor in there as well. I think if the liquor taste was not so prevalent this would be much better.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Bottle: Caramel head, deep ruby red body. For them talking up the maltiness, I tasted a good blast of bitter hops, perhaps drawn out by the alcohol. Bourbon character messed up with the strange, sweet yet weak malt. My 4-pack was dominated by alcohol. After one of these my friend asked if I was drinking whiskey from my ceramic mug. He could smell the booze on my breath from 3 feet away. 4 pack = $13!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Aroma- caramel, dark fruits, oak, bourbon, maple syrup Appearance- copper/rust orange, thin white head, massive alcohol presence Taste- big malty sweetness upfront, caramel, figs, maple syrup Palate- slick mouthfeel, decent body, feels right Overall- More like a barleywine than an Old Ale to me but very nice nevertheless. Complex and rich but highly drinkable. Founders, as always, delivers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdmuel (250) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2013
2012 bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark honey/amber color with a small off white head. Very sweet and malty nose, lots of dark fruits, caramel, some light spices, and a touch of alcohol. Dark fruits are strong on the taste as well, some caramel and molasses, candy sugar, smooth, sweet, a few "holiday" spices I can’t put my finger on, and very malty. I need to try this fresh again to compare the two, though this is pretty damn tasty.


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