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RATINGS: 1587   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Pours a deep but clear ruby-amber with a gentle 1/2" head. Aroma is rich caramel, bread, nuts, chocolate, and a minor spicy hop note, smells like a slightly amped-up Dirty Bastard. Taste is dark fruit, caramel, a hint of chocolate, and a long satisfying alcohol warmth. The taste really lingers in your mouth for a while... kinda wish I was drinking this in the dead of winter but I guess I’ll just save a few bottles for that purpose! Body is delightful--medium/heavy body with a creamy texture and just enough carbonation to make each sip froth up and go down oh so smooth. Overall, a fantastic malt-centered ale that I believe will age with the utmost of grace.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pottygok (530) - Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Aroma: Caramel and nuts with hints of fresh bread. Appearance: Dark amber with tan head that dissipates quickly. Taste: Light sweetness balance by a light sourness. Palate: Full body, creamy sticky texture, soft carbonation, long finish. Overall: A bit too malty for my taste, but still a really well developed beer. Quite nicely done.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2009
Dark copper colour with a small off-white head leaving some lazing on the snifter. Aroma is very sweet malty with notes of dark fruit, caramell, alcohol and pure sugar. Flavour is sirupy malts, various fruit, alcohol heat with notes of raisins, caramell and carmelised sugar. The finish is woody, hot and somewhat dry. Not very balanced but still quite tasty, mouthfeel is smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobaidan (529) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Pour is a gorgeous reddish brown with a small head. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and alcohol. A bit thick with good carbonation. Flavor is sweet and complex. Vanilla, caramel and alcohol are up front with a nice hop and honey finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle. Caramel colored thin white head. Sweet malty caramel. Booze. Light smooth finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerKurve (518) - - MAY 15, 2013
Dark Hazy Orange all around. Has an aroma of oak, chocolate, caramel and citrus hops. Flavor is strong oak, caramel, citra-hops, caramel and a very strong malty backbone. Body is heavy but carbonation is light; Very very thick thanks to the molasses but a pleasure to drink! I think I may have found my new favorite beer from Founders!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 31, 2012
Bottle, 12oz, bottled 2009. Pours a dark amber with a beige head. Smells of candi sugar, spice, caramel, prune juice, and definite bourbon with plenty of malt. Tastes of a heavy sweetness, a lot of fruitiness, some coconut, vanilla, a mild bitter and some tartness. Texture is superbly creamy. Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Finishes with a mild salty tartness. Delightful.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hohops (514) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2014
Bottle poured into a snifter. Appearance is amber with a small, diminishing white head. Big aroma of caramel, raisin, malt and hops. Full-bodied taste with caramel and maltiness with a very bitter finish. Very good, does not feel like 9.8% at all.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Thin dark carmel color. It is intense but in a very pleasing and warming way. Dark fig and cherry fruit. Bourbon flavor is rather strong but not overpowering. Not my style and still great.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2011
The bar has been set!! Now this is a brew one can truly come to appreciate all year long! Excellent flavors and aromas! For an old ale this bugger is holding out like a full-bodied ale but tastes easy enough of the palate to enjoy a few throughout the day. Flavors and textures come off like a fine Chilean merlot - smooth and very fulfilling;.


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