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RATINGS: 1632   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2014
Aroma of treacle, reminds me of my mum baking cakes when I was a kid; looks deep brown, hint of gold, clear; negligble head and looks flat; tastes smooth; nice tingle of carbonation; lots of sticky malts; hint of whiskyish saltiness; ok, but far from amazing and difficult to plough through - would be better served in nips.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fkoolen (638) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle at home. Beautiful hazy lightly reddish brown colour, beige foamy head. Sweet nose with toffee and caramel maltiness and some red fruits. Taste is big on alcohol and malty sweetness, candy cane, a little hoppy bitter too: rather one dimensional but nicely balanced. Finish is short and sweet, a little astringent. Sticky mouthfeel, medium carbonation and firm body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hanoi (637) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2010
pours a transparent brown with little head. nice aroma has some alcohol in it. very smooth beer. hides the alcohol quite well. founders creamy toffee taste. another great one from founders.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
samsmith33 (632) - - MAY 3, 2013
Musty, aroma reminds me of the smell of old peoples houses that I recall from collecting ad a paperboy. Great memories, terrible olfactories. App- Clear copper, small head, lasting lace. Taste- quite sour. Overly bitter and sour tastes make for a puckery feel. Endearing flavor, but takes a while to get into. Clean brew, but not smooth. After"feel" is pasta-starchy....like al dente spaghetti with no sauce. Not a success, but I am still a fan of founders.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnnymusky (631) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2015
good stuff again sweet as hell...very good sippy warming stuff........ ......

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2007
12oz bottle. 2006 . Aroma: Lots of sweet maltiness with notes of toffee and brown sugar. Oak, vanilla, and bourbon come through fairly strong. Some light earthiness. Appearance: Medium brownish orange and murky. Almost no head to speak of. No lacing. Flavor: Sweet maltiness, toasted nuts, caramel. Again, the bourbon, vanilla, and oak comes through pretty strong. Some light floral and earthiness before the finish. Semi-sweet finish. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Moderate-low carbonation. Nice alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: I would like to try this without the barrel ageing and see which I like better. Carbonation was too low.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2013
Bottle, pours a clear copper with white head. Scent is sweet malt, maple. Taste is very sweet and malty, caramel with hints of vanilla, wood. Goes down pretty easy for the high abv.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Ugly. Real ugly. We’re talking Tommy Lee Jones in drag ugly. You do not want to drink this beer after pouring it into a glass. You want to poke it with a stick. Then you smell it, and heavy, rolling waves of caramel and toffee and malt smash into your face, filling you with anticipation much like that caused by a pecan pie baking in the oven. Sweet and velvety, with a bourbon-ish backbone and no hoppiness whatsoever, magically covering the ABV with an onslaught of malt brilliance. Infinitely sippable. Like the stereotypical angry old geezer with a heart of gold, Curmudgeon lives up to its namesake. It may be the most appropriately named beer I’ve tried since Anheuser-Busch’s This Shit Really Sucks Lager (not available in all areas.) (12/20/08)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Interesting red amber, even orange and brown, ok hard to describe the color. Every whiff brings something else. Maybe like smelling a warm piece of fruit cake. The flavor was better than I remember of any fruitcake. Deep, spicy, drinkable flavor, with all the flavors of a fruitcake as it was meant to be.

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