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RATINGS: 1752   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbbeer (748) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Amber-orange, large tan head which persists a little. Aroma malt, caramel, butterscotch, wood. Full body, some alcohol present. Flavor is sweet and malty and brown sugary but with a kind of tannic background to prevent it from being cloying. Interesting and excellent for sipping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tognetta (747) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - AUG 28, 2015
Marrom turva, espuma de pouca formação, pouquíssima persistência. Aroma intenso maltado, caramelado, levemente defumado, alcoólico, uva passa. Paladar bastante próximo ao aroma, dulçor intenso, amargor de difícil percepção. Corpo licoroso, baixa carbonatação. Aftertaste maltado, alcoólico, dulçor persistente. Ótima para harmonizar com queijo !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2012
12 ounce pour at the Founders Brewery. Amber color bordering on red with a good dose of palate sizzle. Raisins, figs, and that sort of fig-newton dipped in whiskey flavor. In other words, it has that fruit-alcohol presence and while it tastes strong fisted, it’s not nearly as strong as you’d expect from a 9.8 abv. It’s not necessarily my favorite from Founders, but it’s high quality nonetheless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
odinstyr (745) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Pours a clear red with barely any head. Smells of oak, dark breads, vanilla, hint of alcohol. Taste is sweet, mildly bitter - a lot of oak, vanilla, malty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2010
12oz bottled 2/14/09. A year old and it’s the first Founders I’ve seen with a twist-off cap, as they are new here in Georgia. Pours amber/copper/brown with a very small off-white head that maintains only a ring on the ege. Laves some spots of lacing. Looks like a barleywine. Aroma is sugary sweet, caramel malts, spiced, vanilla, dark fruits, some bread and yeast, along with a healthy dose of alcohol. Alcohol is better hidden in the flavor that starts with sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, a lot of brown sugar, vanilla, a touch of fruit, bread, chocolate and spice. Mouthfeel is full and silky, low to medium carbonation, more carbonation than a typical barleywine. This is very good, I want to age some but the twist offs make me leary.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Bottle courtesy of bulldogp04. Poured a hazy amber with a thin beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, wood and booze. Medium bodied with decent carbonation and tongue prickling alcohol. Flavor is very boozy, really tastes like bourbon was added. Also present are notes of vanilla, wood, spice, and rasin. Finishes like bourbon with lots of warming alcohol. Seems a little unrefined.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBHansen (739) - Køge, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2015
Draught @ Taphouse w the CEO. Appearance: pours slightly hazy amber with ok off-white soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, toffee, oak, raisins, whisky and some dark fruits. palette: strong aroma, average carbonation, full body, average to distinct malt sweetness, average bitterness, medium to long duration and an oily texture. Overall: nice complex "strong" old ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Funknmilla (738) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle...holy scotch aroma!...along with deep rich malts...deep and sweet they seep...dark copper with brown tones...happy beige foam taking a nap on top of the glass...nestling into the liquid mattress until its presence is hidden....thick creamy body...heavy and sweet...the scotch and malt deeply imbedded...sweet and dry & sticky on the lips...I ponder this upon my sips...peaty and sweety with a little citrus on the finish (grapefruit)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frothmeister (733) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
355ml bottle. Cellared for over a year. Pours visibly thick (complete with accompanying glug) with a cloudy rosy beige body, and almost no head. Smells great. Sultana raisins, caramel, dried apple, light buttery oak notes, and light butterscotch. Full bodied and sweet, with woody notes, a light floral note, noticeable medium bitterness, caramel, and raisin up front followed by some more pronounced metallic hopping, dried fruit, and lingering woody notes in the finish. Not picking up much in the way of molasses though. Very much comes across as a barley wine, and a good one at that. Well balanced with no one flavour taking over the spectrum. A repeat purchase for sure.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
firstsip (733) - Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2015
Tap. Insanely beautiful lacing. Faint nose of lightly sweet nose. Full body. Tastes of spices -- almost a Christmas ale with nutmeg, allspice. Touch of orange. ABV not overwhelming in taste profile.

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