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RATINGS: 1531   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonmac (531) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2015
Bottle shared by rosskyle. Consumed during the Final Four. Minimal head on an amber/copper colored old ale. Aroma is sweet with bubblegum and tropical fruit. The sweetness surprisingly kind of disappears as the taste sip begins. Alcohol presence, little peat, and an underlying sugary quality as it progresses. Caramel and molasses. Finishes with an element of bitterness with a last second rush of sugar. Overall it has a higher alcohol double IPA feel to it. Very satisfying. Like a curmudgeon who has consumed his fair share of Werthers.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brigg (530) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2010
(bottle) A hazy-red, bubbling body with a small tan head. The aroma is rich and sweet with malt; strong alcohol and notes of fruit. Flavor is strong and alcohol and sweet malt; notes of caramel, vanilla, bourbon and wood. Body is full and soft with carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Pours a deep but clear ruby-amber with a gentle 1/2" head. Aroma is rich caramel, bread, nuts, chocolate, and a minor spicy hop note, smells like a slightly amped-up Dirty Bastard. Taste is dark fruit, caramel, a hint of chocolate, and a long satisfying alcohol warmth. The taste really lingers in your mouth for a while... kinda wish I was drinking this in the dead of winter but I guess I’ll just save a few bottles for that purpose! Body is delightful--medium/heavy body with a creamy texture and just enough carbonation to make each sip froth up and go down oh so smooth. Overall, a fantastic malt-centered ale that I believe will age with the utmost of grace.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2009
Dark copper colour with a small off-white head leaving some lazing on the snifter. Aroma is very sweet malty with notes of dark fruit, caramell, alcohol and pure sugar. Flavour is sirupy malts, various fruit, alcohol heat with notes of raisins, caramell and carmelised sugar. The finish is woody, hot and somewhat dry. Not very balanced but still quite tasty, mouthfeel is smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobaidan (522) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Pour is a gorgeous reddish brown with a small head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and alcohol. A bit thick with good carbonation. Flavor is sweet and complex. Vanilla, caramel and alcohol are up front with a nice hop and honey finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle. Caramel colored thin white head. Sweet malty caramel. Booze. Light smooth finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pottygok (518) - Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Aroma: Caramel and nuts with hints of fresh bread. Appearance: Dark amber with tan head that dissipates quickly. Taste: Light sweetness balance by a light sourness. Palate: Full body, creamy sticky texture, soft carbonation, long finish. Overall: A bit too malty for my taste, but still a really well developed beer. Quite nicely done.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
akoeninger (518) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Picked up this beer in a 4 pack on a whim. I’ve always been satisfied by my experiences with Founders brewery and this was no exception. This old ale pours an enticing red amber hue with minimal head and a slight haze. The smell is sweet with hints of bourbon, its quite a treat to smell this beer. The taste follows the aroma, full of sweet malt, alcohol, bourbon, and syrup. This was a surprisingly good beer, I haven’t had too many old ales before, but if this is any indicator, it is definitely a style I will be exploring more.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 31, 2012
Bottle, 12oz, bottled 2009. Pours a dark amber with a beige head. Smells of candi sugar, spice, caramel, prune juice, and definite bourbon with plenty of malt. Tastes of a heavy sweetness, a lot of fruitiness, some coconut, vanilla, a mild bitter and some tartness. Texture is superbly creamy. Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Finishes with a mild salty tartness. Delightful.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Thin dark carmel color. It is intense but in a very pleasing and warming way. Dark fig and cherry fruit. Bourbon flavor is rather strong but not overpowering. Not my style and still great.


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