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RATINGS: 1490   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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 10, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper, with a thin wispy off-white head and good lacing. Smell is of dark fruit, oak, caramel and alcohol. Taste is bold and oaky, smoky sweet with caramel and a hint of vanilla and fruit. Nice alcohol kick on the back end that mingle with a touch of hops. Mouth feel is thick. syrupy, slightly viscous. A really nice brew, reminds me of a tamer version of the Immort Ale. The price may steer some people away.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Pours dark ruby red with a small amount of head. On the nose I get banana, orange peel, other subtle fruit nuances in there and of course a hint of malt. Medium bodied. On the palate I get banana, more orange peel, candied fruits. Leaves a nice aftertaste on the mouth as well. Nice sweetness, but not too sweet. This may not be what I am used to in an old ale, but still a nice beer that should not be graded too harshly for being a bit off style.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Pours a light, milk chocolate brown with a mid sized off white head. Big, rich nose. Sweet, with a definite hit of alcohol. Heavy bourbon on the nose. Thick, heavy on the alcohol. Wood tannins. Sweet toffee and vanilla. A lot, almost too much going on. This has to be the bourbon aged. I really donít like it as well as what I tried on draft in the past.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Brown pour with virtually no head. Aroma and flavor are of malt and fruit. Mouthfeel is flat due to low carbonation. Not a big fan.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Bottle. Pours beautifully turbid sunburst amber with a half inch of tan foamy head - it takes awhile to form since the body is so heavy. Aroma is wonderfully floral hoppy, orange, licorice, dark fruits, bready, caramel, alcohol, spicy hops. Flavor is really malty at first, then it lightens up into dark fruits, some licorice, orange, banana, spicy hops, vanilla, and alcohol. Palate is nicely heavy and has a lot of sediment.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thefederalist (294) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - APR 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark amber. Aroma is woody and sweet. Flavor is of alcohol, malt and bread. Surprisingly drinkable for this gravity, though I would like a little bit more of the mineraly character.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jamesthebrit (292) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2014
I havenít rated this!!!???? Fresh bottle which makes a huge difference as the result of an aging experiment. Boozy. Earthy. Molases sweetness. Like dates. Or raisins. Looks amazing. Pours like a red orange. Nice head. Taste is sweet. Some dates. Like earthy. Almost like a tartness. Like a good barley wine. (Unlike a bwine this does not get better with age) its got booziness but itís smooth. Yeah man. Palate is smooth. I mean itís perfect. Full bodied but still sort of lighter. I mean... And this is why I love founders.... This huge beer is a favorite of my newbie craft beer lover who only likes light beer. (Ironically same with devil dancer) This is one of my favorite beers. Itís a big beer that you can drink on a weeknight. Super potent and flavorful but easygoing enough. The beer by which other old ales are judged. As noted: drink fresh otherwise this beer is gross.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2010
I poured a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. There, it sat virtually still in its opaque reddish glory, obscured by a number of floaties and raising a tiny head that dissipated almost immediately. The aroma is sweet with brown sugar, grade b maple syrup, and aged wood. The flavor follows suit, with an overpowering and complex sweetness that fades into a mildly bitter finish. The texture is sweet, viscous, almost syrupy, but the body is lighter than those notes imply, making it drinkable despite the high alcohol content. Iím not a great fan of old ales, but this is a great old ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2013
Tap, butcher and the boar. Dark red brown, mocha head. Nose is funky, caramel roasted malt, rich. Taste is boozy, big malts, cereal sweetness.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Bottle via trade with Illinismitty. Pours a moderately clear brown colow with no head or lacing to speak of. Aroma is medicinal with pineapple like sweetness notes. Flavor is sweet and full of bananas, almost has a medicinal like flavor to match the aroma. Coating and sticky/sweet on the palate. Kind of a let down for me but iíd like to try another bottle and re-rate.


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