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RATINGS: 1544   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.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coachd (261) - 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 donít 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 itís a must try. Founders, you have impressed me once again.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2009
Amber colored pour with not much head. Weak aroma of alcohol, spices and citrus. It was almost like watered down whiskey with just about the same burn in the belly. Softened a bit as it warmed up but that almost made it worse. Some definite fruits an malt flavor in there as well. I think if the liquor taste was not so prevalent this would be much better.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ulfada (257) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Pours a thick, viscous dark amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is malty. Mouthfeel is thick. Taste is malty without being overly sweet. It has a slight alcohol finish....very warming.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Pours a hazy orange thatís just on this side of brown. Virtually no head. Oak, raisins, and must in the aroma. The flavor is mostly oak and molasses. Bit of punch from the 9.8% ABV. A touch of bitterness from the hops at the end. Itís a sipper, but something different comes out with every sip, including maple syrup. Spend a lot of time enjoying this one.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1guywith_aboat (254) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - APR 9, 2014
Pours dark mahogany/ reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of rich malt, oak, sweet, toast, and a hint of alcohol. Flavors are molasses, oak, yeast, very rich malts, slight burn, some bitterness. Smooth full body. Extremely tasty beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Bottle: Caramel head, deep ruby red body. For them talking up the maltiness, I tasted a good blast of bitter hops, perhaps drawn out by the alcohol. Bourbon character messed up with the strange, sweet yet weak malt. My 4-pack was dominated by alcohol. After one of these my friend asked if I was drinking whiskey from my ceramic mug. He could smell the booze on my breath from 3 feet away. 4 pack = $13!!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Temptation (252) - - OCT 11, 2013
Reddish color, opaque and a tiny head which immediately disappears. Complex pack of aromas with notes of caramel, honey, cocoa, red fruits, butterscotch, cinnamon, hazelnuts...the mouthfeel is equally complex, with the same notes of the aromas, but butter and biscuit, too, perfectly balanced with an orange peel bitterness. Perfectly structured, low carbonated and high bodied, with a velvety and creamy texture. Almost a barley wine, it is really a superb, extraordinary beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Humlehode (251) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2013
2012 bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark honey/amber color with a small off white head. Very sweet and malty nose, lots of dark fruits, caramel, some light spices, and a touch of alcohol. Dark fruits are strong on the taste as well, some caramel and molasses, candy sugar, smooth, sweet, a few "holiday" spices I canít put my finger on, and very malty. I need to try this fresh again to compare the two, though this is pretty damn tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Aroma- caramel, dark fruits, oak, bourbon, maple syrup Appearance- copper/rust orange, thin white head, massive alcohol presence Taste- big malty sweetness upfront, caramel, figs, maple syrup Palate- slick mouthfeel, decent body, feels right Overall- More like a barleywine than an Old Ale to me but very nice nevertheless. Complex and rich but highly drinkable. Founders, as always, delivers.


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