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RATINGS: 1372   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale 12 oz bottle Bottled 03/05 (?), grouched over 10/06 Medium pour in a snifter Poured murky brown with a small beige fizzy quickly diminishing head and minimal ring of lacing. Smelt strongly of raisins, figs, brandy, and light tutti frutti. Taste was upfront strong sweet apple, candied fruits, figs and raisins, with a hint of spiciness, maybe cloves, followed by a moderate sweet sherry with hints of perfumey hops on an average finish that is reminiescent of dried apricots, with a light bitter grassy kick. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, silky, softly carbonated, and light cozy alcoholic warmth and slight astringency. Overall, the flavors and aroma are out of this world. The malt is showcased very admireably but well balanced. Very light feeling for such a strong abv. I want another!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
misterbeer (311) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2010
12 ounce bottle-copper-orange pour-beige head-aroma and taste of caramel, woody, liquor-sweet bitter tongue tingling finish

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Delightful taste of toffee malts, with bananas and a hop presence. Very nice smooth as hell body. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pet3rman (310) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Fantastic barleywine hybrid is the best description that I can give. Big bold flavor with a heathy dose of etoh.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2008
pours murky deep amber with no head at all. very mellow smooth body, creamy, caramelly. light notes of hops in the background, but not overpowering at all. does not really drink like a 9+% beer, but a little warming going down.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcmd (310) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Pours a deep red amber, fairly clear, small off white head. Aroma is caramel malt, brown sugar, vanilla, and alcohol. Falvor is sweet caramel and brown sugar as well, with a strong alcohol presence, moderate amount of bitter hops in the finish. Nice barley wine, will likely mellow with age hopefully.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 28, 2006
Poured a solid mahogany color with no head. Carbonation was almost nonexistent. Many flavors emerge- oak, bourbon, brown sugar, fig, maybe a hint of banana. Alcohol makes itself known in the finish, in a nice warming way. My first old ale, but this made a good first impression.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brentv (308) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2014
From bottle. Pours a clear copper orange color with a small yellow-tinted head. Almost no lacing. Aroma is caramel and dark sugars. Taste is sweet and malty, with dark sugars. Very smooth. The alcohol is hidden well. Medium mouthfeel and a sweet finish with a hint of bitterness. A very nice old ale.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Poured from a growler courtesy of Whole Foods, Richmond. Poured with very little head. Color is very opaque dark orange. Aroma is very sweet, high on molasses and burnt sugar; quite indicative of a barleywine. The taste is quite sweet up front with burnt caramel, molasses and a bit of hoppy bitterness. The alcohol is slightly noticeable on the exhale. A very well rounded old ale.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndresTM (306) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 8, 2012
Beautiful aroma of eggnog, cinnamon, toffee, white chocolate fudge, vanilla horchata, brown sugar, old leather, and booze. The pour is deep amber with no head. The taste closely mirrors the aroma, being mostly sweet and mildly bitter, with a splash of alcohol. Syrupy palate with minor, prickly carbonation. Balanced, flavorful, substantial. Perfect for a winter evening by the fireplace. Oh, Founders, how I love you. Lovely!


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