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RATINGS: 1707   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2008
12 oz. Mahogany colored pour with a thin and sticky yellowish head. Hugely malty aroma of caramel, toffee, honey, with oak and vanilla prevalent also. Spiced backdrop, apple pie, faint resiny hops. I think they could have called this a scotch ale just as easily as an old ale. The flavor isn’t as nice as the aroma - woody, vanilla, caramel. Alcohol is very well hidden, long bitter and burnt sugar like finish. Barely there sweetness. Seltzer like bubbles, medium bodied. Really close to being excellent, but still very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2010
2009 bottle, courtesy of drowland, pours a deep amber, deep and malt,sweet, little to no hops. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Poured a hazy, muddy orange color with lots of sediment (no matter how much I tried to minimize this) with no head to speak of. Aroma is bourbon. Period. Flavor is dominated by bourbon, but dark fruit and peaches emerge along with some woodiness. Warm, bitter, dry finish. A well crafted and complex beer.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Poured a murky brown topped by a film but no head. Aroma was of watered down bourbon with some sweetness and dark fruits. First taste was WTF is this. Tastes like a mid quality strong ale with a shot of scotch tossed in. I loathe scotch and that killed it right there. It faded as it warmed. Iíll have to try one at room temp and see if it still sucks.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Malin_aiisa (643) - SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle. Amber, red color, white minimal head. Aroma of dry apricots, some notes of honey and licorice. Taste alcoholic, sweet, black pepper strong feel. Bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrana (640) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2015
Slightly sweet with some piney bitterness to balance it out. Has some really nice caramel flavors, molasses, maple syrup, and some slight dark fruit. Not overly sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Rich malt aromas of brown sugar, dark fruit, and a touch of a vinous quality. Brown to deep brown with not head. Sweet malt with earthy hop presence. Full bodied with a long sweet vinous finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2014
Aroma of treacle, reminds me of my mum baking cakes when I was a kid; looks deep brown, hint of gold, clear; negligble head and looks flat; tastes smooth; nice tingle of carbonation; lots of sticky malts; hint of whiskyish saltiness; ok, but far from amazing and difficult to plough through - would be better served in nips.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tillmac62 (638) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2014
BOD 4/13/13. Pours a deep amber with a heavy deep dark ruby hue. Weak head and lacing due to the alcohol content. Heavy nose of dark malt (caramel), molasses and dark fruit sweetness over alcohol with bourbon and oak notes. Light carbonation. Almost full bodied with a nice smooth creamy texture. The complex flavor profile is well balanced. It begins with sweet dark fruit flavors (fig, plum and raisin) which flow into a significant bourbon element. As the bourbon fades, oak and vanilla present themselves over a molasses note. The finish is smooth and leaves you with a light alcohol burn and a touch of hops. This is the Olde Ale standard, IMHO. BOD 4/13/12. Similar head, but hazy with flocculants. The nose is similar, but quite subdued. Bourbon is the most prevalent while the dark fruits have receded. Same body and carbonation. Like the nose, flavors have also gone downhill. Age has decomplexed the flavor profile. While still outstanding, it just doesnít reach out and grab you. Everything is there, but in a subdued fashion and more of a blended presentation rather than a progression on the palate. On itís own, I would give the aged version a 4.1.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2010
pours a transparent brown with little head. nice aroma has some alcohol in it. very smooth beer. hides the alcohol quite well. founders creamy toffee taste. another great one from founders.


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