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RATINGS: 1682   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.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleigator (605) - GERMANY - SEP 26, 2014
Pours a decent bubbly head, with an amber, rubinred color. Aromas of caramel malts with a lot of toffee and a small raisin infusion, while cane sugar and molasse build the foundation with hints of vanilla and rum on top. Begins sweet, with bready hints, which get swallowed by even sweeter sugar and molasse. These stay in balance with wooden, leathery, heavy malts, wrapped up by a slick bitterness. Has an oily, spicy maltiness to it, with vanilla and cream underneath, which defines the character of this brew. It is still pretty sweet on the palate, but without loosing its balance, as it finishes with a gentle, hoppy bitterness of matured hops and oaky hints. The alcohol gets perfectly hidden by the sweet malts, creating a smooth mouthfeel with a slick finish, while being medium-bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tinco (604) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2012
Deep amber slightly hazy with almost no head. Slight foam on the side of the glas. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, some raisins, (My nose is on vacation today...have a cold...). Sweet caramel malt, raisins, alcohol, a nice bitterness at the back of the palate. Not too complex but a solid beer!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (603) - HUNGARY - SEP 11, 2014
A Founders old ale stílusban készült főzete színében borostyán, illatában szivárványszínű. Az egyik kedvenc illatszerekezetem alapjaira épül, melyben megnyugtató egyveleget alkot egy bársonyos, marcipános édesség, kevés vanília pár csepp alkohollal, intenzív vajkaramella és egy árnyalatnyi tölgyfahordós aroma sejtelmes kombinációja; a felépítményt mindenesetre az illatos komló és telt maláta alkotta váz tartja egyben. Visszafogott szénsavtartalmú, selymes testében cseppet sem meglepően visszaköszön az előbbi kép, ízhatás tekintetében mintegy két részre osztva az élményt, melynek első felében a malátás krémesség csemegeszerű ízjegyeket produkáló, a sziruposság határát el nem érő jellegét csodálhatjuk meg, ezt követi aztán a karcos, de tartalommal teli utóíz, melyet a komló élesítő hatásának köszönhetünk. Voltaképpen ez esetben is felismerni véljük egy barley wine-anya és india pale ale-apa házasságának gyümölcsét személyében, a két stílust egyaránt kedvelőket tehát semmiképpen nem érheti csalódás fogyasztása során.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2008
I guess I’m one of the few that thinks this beer really sucks. It actually sucked so bad that I’m somewhat convinced it was a bad bottle.....but then again, I did buy a 4 pack and the others weren’t any better. Whatever the reason, this beer just doesn’t sit well with me. Didn’t enjoy the aroma or the flavor at all.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 29, 2008
tap at monks- pours hazy brown with sudsy lace and a thin head that goes to the edges. nose is spicy, sensing milk as well. butter. tastes hoppy, bitter, yet balanced. lots of fruitty rasberries, lots of butter with piney hops underpinning everything. excellent. i dont know why but it reminds me of a scotch ale.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jlruthven (599) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Bottle, poured into a mini-goblet. Cloudy, brownish-ruby, with minimal tan head. Nose is thick with molasses, bourbon, and slight sour cherry. Taste is insanely malty, more bourbon, a little toffee and overripe raspberry on the back of the tongue. Finishes clean, a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. Mild bitterness. Very drinkable, but this is definitely a sipper. Mouthfeel is a touch on the thin side, but this may embolden itself with just a few months’ more aging. Lucky I picked up a 4-pk.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arondee (599) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Pours a dark brown color with little to no head. Aroma is sweet and malty. The taste is sweet and thick with sugar. Lots of caramel and scotch ale type flavors. Decent.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garlic_of_Doom (597) - SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours amber with a tiny off white head. Aroma is very malty, sweet and with some marzipan and syrup as well. Taste is a hefty malt bomb with sweetness and some raisins/figs, at the end there’s chocolate and slight alcohol. Very well balanced. Mouth feel is sticky. After taste is quite dry and bitter hoppy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerme31 (596) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Bottle. Pours cloudy light brown color. Aroma is very malty, bread, caramel, toffee. Medium sweet taste. Full body, thick and smooth texture. Can definitely taste the alcohol in the finish but it is quite subdued. Enjoyed the oak flavor. Nice ale overall.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
akoeninger (596) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Picked up this beer in a 4 pack on a whim. I’ve always been satisfied by my experiences with Founders brewery and this was no exception. This old ale pours an enticing red amber hue with minimal head and a slight haze. The smell is sweet with hints of bourbon, its quite a treat to smell this beer. The taste follows the aroma, full of sweet malt, alcohol, bourbon, and syrup. This was a surprisingly good beer, I haven’t had too many old ales before, but if this is any indicator, it is definitely a style I will be exploring more.


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