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RATINGS: 1519   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.

   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 didnít 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. Donít let the negative reviews fool you! The 2006 vintage of this is definately a well done beer and a must try!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopmaestro (322) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2015
Aroma in this one is sweet malts with burnt sugar and alcohol. The taste is a very well balanced soup of heavy and sweet caramels, darker fruits, vanilla with a tad of wood. There is a trail of pine resins running through this one that tags along all the way through. Warming and malty. Iím slowly turning into that dude on the label... Actually, he looks a little bit like my dad, so itís not that far fetched.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TrappistenOli (320) - Bern, SWITZERLAND - OCT 11, 2013
Bernsteinfarbig, kaum/minimer schaumkopf, süsslich im aroma, antrunk malzig, karamelnote, hopfig blumig, abgang prickeln, würulzig feinherb. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Wow. Huge scent and initial taste right off the bad. Alcohol up front but not offensive or undrinkable at all. Almost a carmal-y texture, with brown sugar taste. Couldnít drink a 4 pack, but good once in a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Pours a nice copper with a decent beige. Strong bourbon, alcohol and rum notes with some raisin and twizzler notes. The taste is extremely oaky with lots of alcohol and bourbon. Nice sweet vanilla and caramel notes with subtle hints of chocolate and dark fruits. Pretty good, but way way way too heavy on the oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - MAR 13, 2009
cedar vanilla cream and big malt and distilate aroma. sweet thick and creamy but viscus. fantastic complexity with wod cream and alcho notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jamesthebrit (317) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a thick off white head. The aroma is of caramel, sweet fruits and a hint of bourbon. The flavor is really rich. A really warming beer. Dark fruits, a hint of wood from the aging. The alcohol is well hidden, but hits hard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Pours a deep red amber, fairly clear, small off white head. Aroma is caramel malt, brown sugar, vanilla, and alcohol. Falvor is sweet caramel and brown sugar as well, with a strong alcohol presence, moderate amount of bitter hops in the finish. Nice barley wine, will likely mellow with age hopefully.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2012 You know, this is terrific. Most malt driven beer I’ve had - like a barley wine without a hop presence. Intense roasted caramel malts. Pours a deep ruby red, slightly hazy, with an off white head. Great bottle art, great brewery, great beer over billiards.

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