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RATINGS: 1310   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Pours medium brown, with dark ruby tinting. Minimal head forms and quickly dissipates. Lacing is thick and fairly sticky. Big malty sweetness. Slight buttery smell with a touch of vanilla. Somewhat bourbon or scotch like. Mild hints of dark fruits. Mild fusel alcohol. Big malts dominate here, also. Sweet and rich. Dark bread notes. Raisins. Nice caramel notes. Alcohol presence cuts the sweetness and offers a very nice amount of balance. Full flavored and not for the weak. For those who like scotch ales, or just plain scotch whiskey, for that matter, this is highly recommended. Thick, viscous and oily. This one definitely qualifies as ’chewey’. Yet still smooth. Very low carbonation levels. This one is a good example of why I like Old Ales so much. Also, why Founders is becoming one of my favorite breweries. So much of their line is just damn tasty. I could drink alot of these.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2011
The first time I had this a few months ago I wan’t impressed. That must have been a bad day. This is an excellent malty flavorful brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sikash (230) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2012
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber color with an off-white head that doesn’t last very long. Aroma is of sweet malt with some notes of fruit, caramel. Flavor follows aroma with sweet malt, caramell and a distinct note of alcohol with a hint of whisky/bourbon?. Flavor lasts a decent while, mouthfeel is light-medium body. Overall a delicious beer, would buy again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gmb5127 (229) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Has a pretty good aroma that sweet and full of molasses. Taste is similar and malty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - OCT 19, 2008
On tap at Crunchy’s in East Lansing. Got the 25 oz., red beer with little head. Couldn’t isolate many aromas at all, possibly partly the fault of being in a bar. Very sweet and sticky, flavors of cherry and raspberry, alcohol well-hidden, slightly bitter. Deserves a re-rate when not in a bar, and possibly with some aging.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours light mahogany with nary a trace of head. Strong aromas of sweet malt, alcohol, toffee, cherry and vanilla. Complete malt bomb, reasonably sweet with raisin and dates. Finish tastes like burning, but not as hot as the actual ABV. Smooth, rich body. Delightful.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
graham_murphy (224) - - JAN 21, 2014
Quite dry and sweet - caramel, biscuit and raisins from the malt. What stands out is certainly the ease with which it goes down given its strength. I’ve had plenty of imperial stouts at this ABV and you feel them in your throat. This is subtle!

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - MAY 21, 2010
This is a good beer and I like it more aged. The taste has a strong malt character and a gummy sourness at the end. Let it sit.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2008
murky brown and smells of toffey vanillaand alcohol.ohhhh i like it......it shas a sharp bite then toffey and coconut and some vanilla. the alcohol is not that well hidden but its not unbearable and the outh feel is great. I really wasnt expecting to like this butI am quickly becoming a fan

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (220) - Kansas, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottled 04/13/12; Vibrant amber to copper pour with a smallish, late forming very light khaki head leaving ecclectic spotted lace; light fruit, oak, and alcohol notes dance over pudding, toffee, and marshmallow, some toast, light smooth leather, and charred oak are introduced in the taste and finish out the medium, somewhat creamy ml mouth, soft heat; complex, yet restrained and welcoming


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