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RATINGS: 1561   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cryptobard (281) - DENMARK - OCT 28, 2011
From the bottle. Poured a dark copper, clear. Vanilla, brandy, warm alcohol. Malty flavor. Very smooth with a syrupy mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Markm2151 (280) - toledo, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Full bodied, nice sweetness that I assume came from the molasses, great beer overall

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jimsal27 (279) - New York, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Really enjoyed this one. Pours reddish copper color with little to no had. Sweet biscuit, malt aroma. Heavy molasses, toffee, vanilla taste. Very sweet but not cloying. Full bodied little carbonation. No real bitterness. Dry finish. Really liked this.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
libertine (278) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2013
pours copper with minimal head.aroma of dark cherries,molasses,oak and pepper.flavor is spot on with the aroma.full bodied,light carbonation and has an oily mouthfeel.slightly boozey and nice warming effect on the palate.finishes sweet with a little pepper at the end.another top notch beer from founders.had this before but first for me to rate it.cant say a bad thing about it.nice all around

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barnoloid (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2014
’Old Ale’ is not a style that you tend to see many of around Founders has put together an offering that showcases the sweetness and caramel feel of this molasses forward beer. This is ’oak aged’, which adds a woodsiness and underpins the heavy malt feel here.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mickut (276) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear dark amber. Palate is thick. Aromas have raisins, pine, port.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
malkyore (273) - - MAY 5, 2015
Balanced like a teeter totter with twins on it. I guess.... It’s equal parts really bitter and really sweet.... The word roasty comes to mind... But yep. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Humlehode (269) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coachd (269) - Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2014
The aroma is hard to place - sort of like a scotch ale with its maltiness, but a little more spicy. Pours a great amber color with a surprisingly large off white head that takes a while to dissipate. The taste is malty but not sweet, instead bitter with some boozy undertones. Very drinkable for 9.8% ABV. Call me crazy, but I found it to taste like an imperial IPA crossed with a coffee stout. I don’t always like oak aging, but it really comes across nicely in this one, enhancing the aftertaste considerably. The palate was slick with a bitter and slightly oaky finish that lasts until your next sip. I was reluctant to try this because it says it is similar to a barleywine, which I am not a fan of. The barleywine characteristics in this one are slight, and overall it’s a must try. Founders, you have impressed me once again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2006
pours a light red with a small off white head. aroma of oak malt and alcohol. taste is much of the same with a stronger malt prescence. I know that was spelled wrong. damn fine beer. Kind of drunk though.


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