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RATINGS: 1726   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - MAY 19, 2006
This was pretty interesting. Pours a very hazy and rich amber with very little head. Aroma is strong with liqour and sweet malts...a bit of wood and fruit as well. Flavor is much less intense than the aroma would suggest, but still quite complex Heavy sweetness from the malt and fruits get rounded out nicely by the bourbon, wood, and spicey overtones. Not much alcohol either, but a bit warm. Only problem I found was a slight paper flavor. Mouthfeel was very flat and a bit syrupy, but I actually think that it seved the rest of the beer well.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - JUN 28, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber with thin cream head. Aroma is caramel. Flavor is caramel, vanilla, and peet. Very nice.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gorgosh (423) - SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2016
Vissa upplevelser behöver ett lexikon för att uttydas. En krypteringsnyckel för att förstå om det är ett verk av idioti eller geni som ligger uppslaget på bordet - eller i glaset. En arom av russin, kanel och likör färgar också av sig i smaken som tyvärr är lite för söt och spritig. Efter en flaska kvarstår frågan - geni eller idioti?

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TimsRatings (421) - - SEP 27, 2013
On tap at Ridgewood (Raleigh). Pours a dark orange, maybe even a darker bronze, with a finger of off-white head. I have a cold, so cannot catch much of any aroma. :-( Slightly bitter and harsh malt taste. Not my favorite Founders brew. I'm hoping the bottles I've had aging come across a bit better. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jyrsa (421) - - APR 29, 2015
Pours cherry red with large head. Herbs, sweetness and bready wheat. Frizzly with a sweet after taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bernatbeer (420) - barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 24, 2012
En botella.Color cobriza ,aromas a maltas,cuerpo medio alto,alcohol bien escondido.interesante

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skoll (420) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2012
bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a copper red with an off white head and amazing lacing but lots of sediment floating around. Aroma is molasses, bitter citrus, and some malt. Taste is sweet, orange, grapefruit, malt, dark fruit, and brown sugar. full body mouth-feel and sticky with little alcohol showing through the sweetness

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
RyanMM (416) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2010 March 2010 vintage, tasted May 14, 2010

Consumed unaged. Pours a vibrant red with a decent head, fading to runny but bubbly lacing. Aroma is intense, but hard to pin down. There’s a earthy element, oakiness, an alcohol note that smells like rum. That first sip is a little rough, intense alcohol burn right up front, sweet, with a finish that tends towards mildly hoppy. Lots of alcohol burn on the way down. This says it’s only 9.8%, but it drinks like a 15%. The alcohol is so intense it crowds out the other, subtler elements. 7/5/6/3/10 - 3.1

March 2009 vintage, consumed November 6, 2010

Right off the bat the aroma is potent but way more pleasant than my notes from May would inform me. Pours a deep, ruby caramel with a moderate head and super-fine, sort of foamy, moderate lacing. Dark fruits, toffee, caramel, treacle, port, all sorts of amazing aromas, and little to no fusel tones. The palate fares a lot better too, rich malt backed up by significant hop bittering but very smooth, with creamy mouthfeel and noticeable carbonation. There is still a lot of alcohol bite on the palate, which disappoints me for a beer that’s been aging for so long and is under 10%. 9/5/7/4/14 - 3.9

My score for this is based off the average the ’fresh’ and ’aged’ scores (the official A/A/T/P reflects the higher of the two, with the Overall being modified to meet that middle point). I expect a lot from a brewery with such a solid roster of beer and reputation as Founder’s. I consider the fresh version of this to be really rough to drink, and that’s unfortunate because with some age, it’s a really interesting brew. If a beer isn’t enjoyable right off the bat, they should either pre-age it longer or recommend some aging guidelines on the bottle. I know my Dieu du Ciel Rigor Mortis Abt recommended cellaring for at least six months before consumption, so if I were to pop that one open fresh and be disappointed I’d have no one to blame but myself.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
QuezXLV (415) - Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2011
Looks awesome with a ton of particulates. I’d give it a 5 but there wasn’t much head. Aroma is unique and powerful and the alcohol is there but subtle. Very smooth on the palate and just the right amount of carbonation. I love the oak/barrel taste in the flavor. Founders once again hit another homerun with this one.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxxDaddy (415) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Secret Santa (thanks!). Pours dark reddish-brown with traces of off-white head that leave as quickly as they came. I could smell this bad boy as soon as I opened it, so I knew that I wouldn’t have to dig too much here. This must be a 2006 bottle because there’s a big oak presence here, got hints of bourbon and brandy interestingly enough. Additionally, got some caramel, malty sweetness, and a few times I caught some coconut in there, which was odd, but I love coconut, so hell yeah! As the beer warmed up, the bourbon influence took over the aroma almost entirely. But enough about how it smelled...that’s just foreplay. Taste was nice, mostly bourbon, but has a good background of malty sweetness to complement it. Finish was pretty boozy, more bourbon of course. Pretty sticky palate, definitely good for this sort of brew, despite its relative ease of drinking. A good first impression for the Old Ale style on my tastebuds.


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