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RATINGS: 1491   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deaconmike (399) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2013
On tap at Founders. Copper pour. Nice lacing throughout. You get sweetness and molasses in the aroma. More of the same on the taste but really nice caramel malt flavor. Balanced nicely with a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. This one went down way to smooth for the ABV. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjohnny (398) - - MAY 9, 2014
Fruit. Sweet. Malty. Pours a dark orange amber with a thick slowly fading off white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. Thick full mouthfeel. Very smooth. Clean. Sweet. Molasses. Earthy. Oaky. Slight bitterness on the finish with the slightest lingering warmth. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Bottle. Cognac scent. Rose, muddish hints. Earthy. Similar in taste. Evaporates very quickly off the tongue. Exquisite though not appreciated fully by me since this is not my favorite style.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Bottle, pours a hazy amber w/ a resilient rimy head, light aroma of raisins and rum, sweet and juicy w/ a hop bitterness that cuts in like a blade and finishes in a large wave, smooth, delicious, and unique, another stellar offering from Founders

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LearninBeer (395) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2010
The aroma is a touch sweet, very light malt. Not enough aroma. Pours a cloudy copperorange, off white head, fully diminishing, little lacing. The flavor is a light sweet. The body is full, creamy, very good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kjc51478 (394) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2011
12 oz Bottle. Appearance is dark amber color with light, beige head. Aroma is of malty sweetness, toffee, dark fruits, and a slight boozy-ness. Taste is complex - it started off with a heavy character of toasted malts, sweet bread, and caramel. As the it warmed up, there was more and more strong dark fruit flavors especially plum, which combined with the alcohol gave it a somewhat boozy quality. As my palate grew more accustomed to the heavy malt bill, I noticed more of the subtle hop bitterness that was lying underneath. Palate was full-bodied, thick in texture sitting heavy in the mouth, light and soft carbonation, and a bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachrymalisis (394) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2011
warming, maple-roast sweetness, slight nutty but slight brandy-like flavors coming out in the finish. big flavors. very drinkable and smooth. almost no carbonation, which suits it well. one of my favorite Founders releases.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle at The Headkeeper. Pours a dark and hazy amber, average beige head, some lacing. Sweet malt, caramel and some subtle hop notes are noted in the aroma. The flavor profile is dominated by sweet malt, caramel, then touches of raisin, whiskey and/or bourbon and some subtle oak notes.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Busick (390) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2014
This is a great old ale from a stellar producing brewery. Aromas are very similar to barleywines but the taste is sweeter in my opinion. Get your hands on one if you haven’t already.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle into snifter. Pours a very hazy dark red-brown, almost no head. Nose is rich, prominent but not overwhelming bourbon note, clean dark fruit, toffee. Front has some carbonation burn, with a rich malt note of toffee and molasses, vanilla and bourbon coming through also, and a light, balancing hop bitterness as well. The bitterness melds well with the dark fruit and light alcohol bitterness that tend to emerge right before the finish. Finish is lots of bourbon, lightly bitter, with a lingering overripe dark fruit and molasses richness. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, sticky and thick bodied.


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