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RATINGS: 1748   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.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
akoeninger (675) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Picked up this beer in a 4 pack on a whim. Iíve 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 havenít had too many old ales before, but if this is any indicator, it is definitely a style I will be exploring more.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeyo1 (675) - LinkŲping, 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Pours a red-brown with a fluffy beige head. Aroma is dark fruit, vanilla, some citrus. Taste is creamy, sweet, bitter, dark fruit, bitter orange peel, vanilla, a hint of liquor and a touch of wood. Incredibly smooth and drinkable; velvety. Iím a little freaked out by how good this is. Thereís really nothing I would ask to have changed about this beer. Iíd be interested in the barrel-aged version but itís really near-perfect as it is. Wow.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joebudzjoe (672) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Draft @ Lazy Boy Saloon, White Plains, NY. Poured a clear, amber body with almost no head, this beer doesnít just taste like it was aged in whiskey barrels, rather it tastes like it is mixed with whiskey. Too much whiskey in my beer, but worth a try.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
agent_persik (672) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 30, 2014
Clean copper color, small beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel, vanilla, whiskey, dried fruits, spices. Sweet bitter taste has similar notes. Medium body and soft carbonation, warming touch of alcohol. Complex and interesting ale.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopwine (669) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - APR 21, 2015
Nose is intense plum/prune/vinous/synthetic cherry. Flavor is same... Oddly fruity for the style with caramelized/burnt sugar in background. Caramel cough syrup? Wtf

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Pours a cloudy dark copper with a thin white head. The aroma is initially full of earthy hops, but the malts scream throgh with bread dough, caramel, and toffee. On the palate, the beer doesnít feel sticky or thick, it actually finishes pretty clean. Starts out sweet, but soon after the bitterness of the hops comes in to clean it all up. Nothing overly spectacular, but a nice example of the style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Sweet malty and cheesy yeast aromas with some honey and fruits. Foamy tan head and rose colors. Flavors are malty and slightly bitter. Yeast is present. Some orange peel and dried fruit cheesiness. Bitter finish with some bark and woodiness in the flavors. Palate is medium rich. Solid but not syrupy. Pleasure increases as the palate acclimates.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2008
í08 Bottle: Courtesy of cmr1517. Murky, blood amber pour with no head. Wow is this intense...caramel and dark malts, peat and dark fruits run rampant, yet meld well together. Full bodied mouth feel yields a massive caramel malt, raisin and smoked dark fruit flavor. I typically donít like any type of smokiness to my brews, but this was incredible. Awesome stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma of alcohol and sweet malts. Taste is quite malty and balanced between sweet fruits and strong alcohol presence. Also a bit buttery with a bitter finish. Overall a strong, tasty brew.


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