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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shark_Pants (613) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2014
Clear ruby red with small soapy tan head. Lots of dried stone fruits and booze in the aroma, with molasses and malts as well. The taste has a big boozy hit, with molasses, sweet malt backbone, a little sweetened grapefruit and a long hop bitterness in the finish. Heavy bodied with a peppery sensation on the tongue. It’s somewhere between a barleywine, IPA and red ale. Quite good but could hide the booze a bit better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
gringo332 (612) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Pours dark orange with a small head. Aroma is rich caramel, molasses and raisin. Taste has raisin to start with a strong woody molasses and alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Poured a nice dark brown color. Looked thick in the glass. Smelled strong and intimidating. Taste really smacked me in the mouth. Big malts and sharp pine notes. Dark fruit with hints of wood and bourbon. All I could think while drinking this is that it would be nice in about a year. Really good stuff. Potent and sharp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jlruthven (609) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Bottle, poured into a mini-goblet. Cloudy, brownish-ruby, with minimal tan head. Nose is thick with molasses, bourbon, and slight sour cherry. Taste is insanely malty, more bourbon, a little toffee and overripe raspberry on the back of the tongue. Finishes clean, a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. Mild bitterness. Very drinkable, but this is definitely a sipper. Mouthfeel is a touch on the thin side, but this may embolden itself with just a few months’ more aging. Lucky I picked up a 4-pk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Poured from a bottle into a founders glass. Dark brown ruby pour with a small white head that laces a bit. Tastes heavy on caramel, malt, some bitterness, and lots of oak. A bit smokey, but not off putting. Real nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Humlehode (608) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Pours dark brown, small head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, some coffee. Sweet with quite high bitterness. A lot of oak. Overall a good beer but the oak becomes a bit overpowering after a while. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
knasputte78 (608) - SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2016
Bärnstensfärgad med ett litet skum. Söt doft smaken är också rätt söt men alkoholen tar snabbt över. Lite bitig, nja sådär ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Samuel214 (607) - SWEDEN - APR 29, 2016
Flaska från SB. Kopparröd/mörk bärnstensfärgad, klar med gräddbeiget, krämigt, fingertjockt skum som lämnar längs sidorna. Riktigt tjusig. Stor malttyngd i doften; molass, torkade plommon, seg kola, russin, kakao, chokladpraliner, körsbärslikör, kakdeg, fikon. Anar en lätt syra från ekfat och en något spritig ton. Riktigt stor och maltdominerad kropp. Alkoholen märkbar, men på ett bra sätt. Nära doften i smaken, men med en större, värmande alkoholton som bär upp den tunga kroppen fint. Även här märks av en viss syra och strävhet från ekfatet som görs snyggt ihop med den annars oerhört maltdominerade kroppen. Riktigt bra!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2007
Again, thanks to Dave from Founders and Chuck the owner of the Dilly Deli in Cincy for hosting the Founders tasting event. A: Nice, a little darker than amber color. No head and little lacing to speak of. S: Nice smell of citrus and figs. Can pick up a little alcohol in the nose as well. T: A little more of a kick than the bottle offers. The flavors are a little more pronounced in the tap offering. A stronger spiced coconut rum is noticeable. A very good offering on draft. M: Very smooth and good. A little bit more harsh than the bottle due to the pronounced strength of the flavoring. D: A very sessionable beer. Very smooth and tastes light. The alcohol is sure to catch up with you, but the trip to get there is well worth it. What can I say, another great brew from Founders that I’ve gotten to experience on draft.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2008
I guess I’m one of the few that thinks this beer really sucks. It actually sucked so bad that I’m somewhat convinced it was a bad bottle.....but then again, I did buy a 4 pack and the others weren’t any better. Whatever the reason, this beer just doesn’t sit well with me. Didn’t enjoy the aroma or the flavor at all.

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