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RATINGS: 1370   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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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.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2012
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber color with an off-white head that doesn’t last very long. Aroma is of sweet malt with some notes of fruit, caramel. Flavor follows aroma with sweet malt, caramell and a distinct note of alcohol with a hint of whisky/bourbon?. Flavor lasts a decent while, mouthfeel is light-medium body. Overall a delicious beer, would buy again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle (2011, I think). Poured a medium amber color with minimal white head. Aroma was a bit sweet with a hint of alcohol. The flavor was some caramel and malt with just a touch of hops. I’d get this one again, it was pretty good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2009
12oz. Bottle. My 100th rating. Has a dark mahogany appearance with a thin lacing white head. Pungent nose with aged wood, bourbon and sugary fruits. Flavor is dominated by heavy doses of malt and caramel. Malt flavors manifest themselves as dark fruit, vanilla and sugarcane. Carbonation is low which lends a vintage character to the beer. Has the texture of slightly watered down maple syrup which is great because its thick, but not like drinking malt extract. Has a tiny Bourbon kick on the finish and leaves a short sugar coating on the tongue. Maybe still a bit hot at the moment, but can’t wait to see what it tastes like after a year or so.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jarow (237) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2010
2009 bottle. Pours dark brown with almost no head. Nose is malt malt and more malt. Caramel, some vanilla bourbony notes, slight alcohol. Smooth and quite drinkable for the strength, sweet with another heavy dose of caramel malt, bourbon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aenima (236) - Askim, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2013 Very nice aroma of raisins, figs and dark fruits. The taste is similar with some additions of oak. The oakiness gets a little bit dominating for my taste. Should maybe have been a little sweeter. Anyway, I really liked this one!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dan269605 (235) - Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Reddish, amber pour, smaller white head. Boozy aroma with caramel, malt and basement? Taste is sweet, malty, boozy. Palate is good, but definitely feel the alcohol. Nice beer, but just one a night.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Has a pretty good aroma that sweet and full of molasses. Taste is similar and malty.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fitwitchik (234) - USA - APR 4, 2014
Poured from a bottle into a Founders Brewing Co. snifter clear caramel. Aroma is sweet-so sweet with some booze reminds me of maple syrup. Flavor reminds me of a strong barleywine with more malt. Rich & thick. So nice and well done. Each year I look forward to this brew & each year I am happy to consume. Satisfied.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2007
This is a good beer, but seems a little potent for an Old Ale. It reminds me more of a barleywine than an old ale. Nice caramel flavors with a good supporting body to balance out all the flavor and alcohol. It just reminds me more of a barleywine

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Pours medium brown, with dark ruby tinting. Minimal head forms and quickly dissipates. Lacing is thick and fairly sticky. Big malty sweetness. Slight buttery smell with a touch of vanilla. Somewhat bourbon or scotch like. Mild hints of dark fruits. Mild fusel alcohol. Big malts dominate here, also. Sweet and rich. Dark bread notes. Raisins. Nice caramel notes. Alcohol presence cuts the sweetness and offers a very nice amount of balance. Full flavored and not for the weak. For those who like scotch ales, or just plain scotch whiskey, for that matter, this is highly recommended. Thick, viscous and oily. This one definitely qualifies as ’chewey’. Yet still smooth. Very low carbonation levels. This one is a good example of why I like Old Ales so much. Also, why Founders is becoming one of my favorite breweries. So much of their line is just damn tasty. I could drink alot of these.


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