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RATINGS: 1753   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeyo1 (694) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2016
Bottle @ home.cellared for 18 months. Pours a beautiful red liquid with a medium-sized head. Aroma is intensively sweet and malty with loads of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, molasses, port wine, raisins leather, milk chocolate, hints of peat. Warming, big body with a smooth texture. Taste starts out with caramel, molasses, toffe, vanilla, leather, plums, raisins. Really good duration. It finishes slighly drier with milk chocolate, some clean maltiness and more dark fruits, earth and a balancing bitterness and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Certainly a musty dusty vibe which gives credence to the old ale term, but this cardboardy yeasty brew has a unique dusty honeyed touch which is rather unique and appealing. A meaty, brothy brew to imbibe, this guy has the makings of a nice afterdinner warmer, which provides both a candied, medicinal touch as well as an oaky vineous landscape. A nice brew for sure and a nice drinking experience as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigbish (688) - California, USA - JUL 28, 2011
This is a fantastic old ale. Lots of malts, Carmel, a touch of toasty flavors. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malty_MacHops (688) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2013 Pours very nice dark burnt orange with a small amount of beige fizz. The aroma is lightly smooth sweet grains and some oaky vanilla. The flavor is rich with a lot of grain shown but it doesn?t come off too sweet, too bittering, or too strong, very smooth earthy quality. The oak is what pops first with a bright wood and moderate vanilla leaving a pseudo whiskey feeling on the palate after it?s gone. Lingering red grape, apple, and a sort of plum thing linger with the oakiness to mellow into a wonderful smooth delicious beverage, so easy to drink at 10% I have to slow myself . The carbonation is lower which fits well and makes it feel like a snifter type of drink. Thank you again Founders. -- aged one year-- smooth grains more sweet with tasty berry fruit notes from yeast. Minimal hops with a nice dry oaky grainy finish, smooth on all accounts.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2006
2006 version. Dark reddish brown pour with a diminishing off white head. Aroma is very strong in bourbon with not much else. Lots of bourbon flavor throughout the taste. A lot like doing a watered down shot of whiskey. Will aging do this beer well? I hope so. I think this beer needs have other flavors come out to taste more like a beer and less like whiskey. I enjoy beers with a touch of bourbon, but to have it dominate as it has in this beer, it is out of place.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
akoeninger (686) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tillmac62 (685) - 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 doesn’t 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 it’s own, I would give the aged version a 4.1.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (685) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Murky auburn red, a scant white head leaves a few spots of lace. Strong malty aroma, raisins and spice an first, turning to grain husks and dust as the beer opens up. Flavor similar, malty, doughy, sweet and spicy. When cold, there was a slightly off medicinal bitter element. With warmth, this fades, and the beer becomes increasingly bready, and earthy, husky, crusty cereal elements are the chief impressions. Medium to full bodied, lively on the tongue.

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