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RATINGS: 1659   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2009
Lightly chilled:Kasteel glass. Great looking dark orange/brown liquid. Small creamy,head. Very slow rising bubbles and nice,lacing. Overall earthy aroma. Caramel based aroma with wood,soil,light hops and tasteful alcohol. Texture is very soft,almost light,though this is a thick beer. Upfront caramel,wood,fruit,and soil. Before the finish is more wood,caramel,and a little alcohol on the sides of the mouth. Finish is long with light earthy hop,with strong caramel,wood,toast,and light alcohol. After opening up a bit,becomes a very well put together,mellow, but flavorful and interesting shot at the old ale style. Very Respectable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsekouratos (560) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - SEP 1, 2014
355 ml bottle shared with Calm_Dreamer and #Electron. Dark red to light brown color with a nice 2-finger off-white head. Aromas of red wine, vanilla and some oak. Taste of slight caramel, some dark fruits, red wine, vanilla, oak. Sweet aftertaste. Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Pours a rich amber color with lots of suspended particulates and small creamy off white head. Nose is sweet, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon and vanilla! Initial taste of bourbon, rich caramel and brown sugar. Malty, rich and smooth. Vanilla and dark fruits on the mid palate. Finishing with good hop balance, warming alcohol and palate duration. Good head retention and some spot lacing of the glass. Medium to full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2007
2006 vintage. Courtesy of boboski, you are so my hero. The color reminds my of Fall in New England, a warm ochre, redolent of the turning leaves. Aroma is vanilla, maple, burnt orange and that wisp of whiskey. Flavor follows suit, but is a an impressive performance, high notes seem to be a a symphony of sweetness, some bitter orange undertones. The close is a heady bourbon flavor that is well integrated. I live for Old Ales, and this was a definite star.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Poured cloudy amber with a thin head. Malt and oak aroma. Oak and bourbon up front with notes of malt, vanillla caramel and some alcohol burn. Quite sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RafeAU (553) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle, pours amber, minimal head. Sweet, rich, brown, alcohol warmth. The oak is subtle. Good mouthfeel from the carbonation. Drink just below room temperature. Deceptively easy to drink for a high alcohol beer. Reminded me of some high alcohol rich darker Belgian beers. Another very nice Founders brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2006
2006 bottle from trade with kmweaver. Thanks Ken! Pours a very nice amber color with a minimal white head.Has a wonderful aroma of whiskey, caramel and vanilla. Taste of malt, vanilla, and all spice. The alcohol is very well hidden and is barely noticeable. Has a great smooth dry finish that leaves a nice flavor that make you want more. . This is a truely enjoyable beer to drink . It reminds me of Tyranena Rocky’s Revenge but is better balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleigator (550) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle.Pours a hazy amber orange with a thin off white head.Aroma of sweet caramel malts ,honey,and some woody tones.Flavor is awesome,malty caramel,sticky honey,rasins,dates spruce, and burbon. Smooth creamy mouthfeel,a little sticky in a good way. Loads of lacing all the way down the glass,a nice warming effect. Very good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (549) - 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.

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