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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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2008
12 oz. bottle, 2008 vintage. Pours cloudy pinkish amber with plenty of fine floaters and a splotchy yellow head that leaves spotty lace. Aroma is sweet, fruity (dates and apricots), with some brandy and bread. Flavor is sweet and malty with lots of fruity and some bready notes. While it tends sweet, this ale is pretty well balanced and almost a bit dry in the finish. Medium-full bodied and creamy smooth, with medium-low carbonation. Warming but not at all hot - this is damn drinkable on a winters eve. Very nice old ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2010
12oz btl. Pours a clear copper with a minimal white head. Great unique aroma of strong dark fruit, caramel malt and spice. Huge dark fruit notes and candied caramel sweetness. Has a nice spice laden hoppiness towards the end and a kind of boozy finish.Smooth fruit and candy sweetness. Another solid founders brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
John25 (197) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours deep red, dark cherry wood - no head - looks amazing. Aroma is sweet malty syrup, and oak (probably molasses but I canít say I directly know what they smell like). The taste follows suit and adds dark fruit (raisin, plum, fig notes) butter scotch, maple syrup, and booze. Very complex flavors. The mouthfeel is very rich, creamy, and heavy with very low carb. Overall excellent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - APR 28, 2012
Pours a murky red, no head, just a little white fiz on top, no lacing. The nose has some malt, spice and a bubble gum like sweetness. The flavor is a little earthy, there is definatly some sweetness, Iím getting bubble gum again, big boozy finish. The feel is unusually thin, light carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2008
2006 Bottle. Dark brown pour. Thin off-white head quickly diminishes into a halo of lace. Oak, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon on the nose. Very smooth on the palate. Malt, vanilla, and bourbon flavors. Nicely complex, very drinkable at 9.3%. Medium-full mouthfeel. Slightly astringent finish with some alcohol presence. Iíve often overlooked this beer in the past. Try it, youíll love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayzz (193) - Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2014
Good beer as is expected from founders. Nothing to be said that hasnít already been said... sorry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - MAR 28, 2011
An amber/orange/copper color. Cannot see through this beer. Very small head that was an off white color. Probably due to the high alcohol content. Had some decent legs after each sip. A sweet nose of dried fruit. Some caramel and some nuttiness reminiscent of peanut butter fudge. Very nice. A few notes of alcohol. Similar to a brandy or wine. Very complex and very well balanced. A sweet molasses flavor combined with a caramel malt. Iím also getting some dark fruit. Something similar to black cherries. The brandy type alcohol flavors are there, but they are not tart or overbearing. The nuttiness is not very prominent in the taste. Medium/full mouthfeel. Chewy. Somewhat smooth. A very nice bit of alcohol warmth all the way through. Nicely dry. Leaves more than enough on the palate. This is an excellent beer. Itís a sipper, however and not conducive to a high drinkability standard. Very complex. This would go well on a cold night while reading a book. I, personally, would not want to have more than one of these at a time. It might put me on the floor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VengefulOdin (193) - , Kansas, USA - APR 8, 2011
As Iím mulling the fact that I will likely be snowed in tomorrow, I figured I may as well reach for something to hopefully warm me up. On a recent trip to Kansas City I was excited to find some Founders. I picked up a sixer of their Old Curmudgeon. This beer pours a deep orange to brown, and is apparently bottle conditioned. Who knew. (I did not). So the color is a little murky but I blame that more on my amateurish pour than anything else. Not a lot of head. Smells sweet, with dark molasses and brown sugar undertones. Taste is hefty, with a very very thick mouthfeel and clearly apparent alcohol level. The amount of hops present in the beer makes it taste almost like a Barleywine, as opposed to an Old Ale as it claims to be. Beer lends itself to meandering, as itís more of a sipper than something you want to go back to. More of a "one and done" type to be enjoyed at the end of the night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kromamc (192) - ITALY - MAR 6, 2010
buonissima... rosso scuro schiuma a grana fine..... al naso note vinose tipo porto molto leggere malto caramellato delicato frutta secca luppolo floreale soave... corpo perfetto morbida avvolgente rotonda... bonaa

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - AUG 20, 2010
Bottle from VBS. Pours a deep ruby brown with almost no head. Sweet malt with obvious molasses aroma. Rich and full-bodied with a kind of burnt sweetness. Alcohol is very noticeable. Another very solid offering from Founderís and a great way to end the night.

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