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RATINGS: 1556   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2010
an interesting beer, kind of a cross between a scottish ale and a barley wine. dark copper color with a quarter inch bubbly head. aroma and flavor is mostly heavy toasted caramel malt with a touch of pine hops mixed in. medium to heavy body with ok lacing. this one would be interesting to cellar and was told when it is aged it tastes like makers mark. hhhmmm.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerme31 (543) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Bottle. Pours cloudy light brown color. Aroma is very malty, bread, caramel, toffee. Medium sweet taste. Full body, thick and smooth texture. Can definitely taste the alcohol in the finish but it is quite subdued. Enjoyed the oak flavor. Nice ale overall.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Duane shared a bottle of this with a few of us. Some whiskey in the nose, some sweet malt flavor. This was not my style of beer. I haven’t warmed up to barleywines or old ales yet, so this wasn’t a favorite of mine.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garlic_of_Doom (541) - SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours amber with a tiny off white head. Aroma is very malty, sweet and with some marzipan and syrup as well. Taste is a hefty malt bomb with sweetness and some raisins/figs, at the end there’s chocolate and slight alcohol. Very well balanced. Mouth feel is sticky. After taste is quite dry and bitter hoppy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Bottle: Another great beer from Founders. Pours amber with a tiny head. Very, very sweet aroma. Flavor of alcohol, but not too overpowering. Very thick.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brigg (533) - 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) - St. Joseph, Michigan, 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkleu357 (527) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Tried this at a tasting in Amherst WI. I thought it was pretty good. My mom, who’s not much of a craft beer drinker, really liked it. She must have gone back for 5 or 6 glasses of it. Of course now I see that it is almost 10% ABV so I understand why she was acting a little loopy.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
akoeninger (524) - 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.


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