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RATINGS: 1434   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hman43 (336) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2014
It pours amber with a tan head. It does produce a fair amount of lacing as the head disappears. It has a brown sugar aroma mixed with caramel and spices. It has a strong taste of molasses and brown sugar, with oak flavors that compliment the flavors well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gaultier (333) - SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
@ Nedre Mölla 12/9-14. Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma: Caramely, wood, sweet, notes of raisins. Taste: Caramely, sweet, wood. Body is light full, the finish is bitter and caramely with notes of wood.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfuen03 (332) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 27, 2013
Creamy dark amber, almost red liquid. Virtually no head. High sediment present. Aroma is caramel, alcoholic, corn, sugar; rich, complex and powerful. Palate is full, creamy. Low carbonated. Finish is very warm, nively bitter, long and powerful. Taste is sugar, alcohol, caramel; leaves a lovely warming sensation.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrmac (330) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Pours a nice reddish brown color with a thin white head.Nose is definitely hoppy alcohol. Nose is slightly off putting to me. Taste is a bit smoky and ceder. Malt, hop, and hard alcohol dominate this brew. I believe this beer needs a year to mellow out, but it is very complex and still quite interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2009
12oz bottle pours a hazy orange amber with no head, but a small white collar. Aromas of heavy caramel, vanilla, honey and malts, and booze. Flavors of sweet malts up front, honey and vanilla, with a long warm finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayzz (328) - Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2014
Good beer as is expected from founders. Nothing to be said that hasn’t already been said... sorry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scotchzombie (327) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Pours a translucent rusty red brown with a soapy yellow tan head that settles slowly. A bit of wet, short-lived lacing. Aroma is earthy oak, malts, molasses and darkfruits. Taste is a nice balance of dank and musty oak, sweet molasses and vanilla and prunes and a bed of bitterness. Finishes with a warming swarm of alcohol. Super smooth. Best of its style that I've had. Yum.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUN 19, 2009
This the current release of this beer. Deep amber pour with a payful off white head. Vanilla bean, caramel, and sexy oak fruit on the nose. The entry is rich as the ripe peach and vanilla penetrate the taste buds. Layers of stone fruit and warm sugar blanket the senses. Warming alcohol and vanilla tannin?, flatten out the midpalate. A slight doseof hops and a dash of sour whiskey provide a less than long lived finish, as the bitterness crisps things up. Points for structure and future reward. Very good, very young. Built for the cellar first, the fireplace second. 95 with age

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Hazy burnt orange color with a foamy white head. As the description indicates, very reminiscent of a barley wine. Caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruits are at the forefront here. Sticky sweet with ever the faintest hint of vanilla oak, though I dont believe this one was actually oak aged. Smooth full body with a slick, completely booze-less finish. Another great brew from Founders.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Pours a reddish amber with pretty much no head. Aroma is very rich malt, sweet caramel, butterscotch, and bread. Taste is very sweet and malty with a perfectly balanced hop bitterness. The smooth and creamy mouthfeel goes very well with the big full body of this monster. This is really good.


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