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RATINGS: 1518   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.


3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jrmac (330) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Pours a nice reddish brown color with a thin white head.Nose is definitely hoppy alcohol. Nose is slightly off putting to me. Taste is a bit smoky and ceder. Malt, hop, and hard alcohol dominate this brew. I believe this beer needs a year to mellow out, but it is very complex and still quite interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (329) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2014
Clear copper brown, with a quickly vanishing head. Big aroma of burnt toffee, smoky wood and traces of umami and nut. Medium body. There is some fruity, orange peel barley wine like flavour in the background, sitting behind dark malts and strong caramel. Boozy finish. Powerful, complex, one to take seriously.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUN 19, 2009
This the current release of this beer. Deep amber pour with a payful off white head. Vanilla bean, caramel, and sexy oak fruit on the nose. The entry is rich as the ripe peach and vanilla penetrate the taste buds. Layers of stone fruit and warm sugar blanket the senses. Warming alcohol and vanilla tannin?, flatten out the midpalate. A slight doseof hops and a dash of sour whiskey provide a less than long lived finish, as the bitterness crisps things up. Points for structure and future reward. Very good, very young. Built for the cellar first, the fireplace second. 95 with age

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Hazy burnt orange color with a foamy white head. As the description indicates, very reminiscent of a barley wine. Caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruits are at the forefront here. Sticky sweet with ever the faintest hint of vanilla oak, though I dont believe this one was actually oak aged. Smooth full body with a slick, completely booze-less finish. Another great brew from Founders.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Pours a reddish amber with pretty much no head. Aroma is very rich malt, sweet caramel, butterscotch, and bread. Taste is very sweet and malty with a perfectly balanced hop bitterness. The smooth and creamy mouthfeel goes very well with the big full body of this monster. This is really good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anthony850 (326) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Very malty with high alc. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kcorum10 (325) - Arizona, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Pours a reddish brown color with minimal off white head that quickly disappears. Aromas of caramel, bread, and cereal. Flavors of some oak and a mild burn at the finish on a sweet backbone.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coolfunnj (323) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2013
a sweet sugary honey molasses aroma...brown and amber clear color mild lacing..taste...a nutty caramel flavorwith some hop balace,,in a good way..overall..it went down fast

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2007
2006 vintage. I gotta go against the grain on this one as I really enjoyed it. Part of the surprise is that I thought I didn’t get the barrel-aged vintage. For those who enjoy a good toffee and creamy bourbon flavour this one is done very well. On the aroma one detects notes of vanilla, caramel, Bourbon and oak. Deep crimson hue with many particles dancing throughout. Nice smooth creamy mouthfeel with sweet hints of the caramelized malt and bourbon beautifully blended together. Strong finish as your palate continues to be coated with the soft sensation of oak, candied apricots and cinnamon. Don’t let the negative reviews fool you! The 2006 vintage of this is definately a well done beer and a must try!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RamyG4 (322) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2012
Bottle. Pours an opaque red-golden with a small-medium off-white head. Aroma is sweet, of caramel/toffee, fruit punch, and spices like cardamom, clove, allspice. Taste is heavy sweet, medium bitter, with a ton of spice. Dry, sweet, spicy finish. Full bodied, oily texture, moderate carbonation. I don’t know why they release this in the spring, it would be great around the holidays.


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