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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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beachmaster (199) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 10, 2014
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden brown, with a moderate khaki head which quickly fades into a disc on the surface, leaving good lacing. Nose is malt and dark fruit. Taste follows the nose, with a hint of hop bitterness on the finish. Very smooth, well-balanced old style alt. Hides the 9.8 % ABV well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2008
12 oz. bottle, 2008 vintage. Pours cloudy pinkish amber with plenty of fine floaters and a splotchy yellow head that leaves spotty lace. Aroma is sweet, fruity (dates and apricots), with some brandy and bread. Flavor is sweet and malty with lots of fruity and some bready notes. While it tends sweet, this ale is pretty well balanced and almost a bit dry in the finish. Medium-full bodied and creamy smooth, with medium-low carbonation. Warming but not at all hot - this is damn drinkable on a winters eve. Very nice old ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2010
12oz btl. Pours a clear copper with a minimal white head. Great unique aroma of strong dark fruit, caramel malt and spice. Huge dark fruit notes and candied caramel sweetness. Has a nice spice laden hoppiness towards the end and a kind of boozy finish.Smooth fruit and candy sweetness. Another solid founders brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tomy63 (198) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - NOV 18, 2013
Couleur ambre clair, reflets oranges. Nez sur le sirop, le sucre, la marmelade d’orange, appelle une bière épaisse et un peu acidulée. La bouche est sur le caramel, très confite et sucrée, beaucoup d’orange, un côté aigre-doux, un peu d’acidité. Texture épaisse, sirupeuse même. Un peu d’amertume en fin de bouche. L’alcool ne se sent pas. Finale assez longue, un peu amère, aigre, toujours de la marmelade d’orange, un peu d’épices. Mais ça devient vite écoeurant, trop de sucre

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - APR 28, 2012
Pours a murky red, no head, just a little white fiz on top, no lacing. The nose has some malt, spice and a bubble gum like sweetness. The flavor is a little earthy, there is definatly some sweetness, I’m getting bubble gum again, big boozy finish. The feel is unusually thin, light carbonation.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lele (196) - Padova, ITALY - OCT 15, 2014
Birra particolare e spettacolare. Il colore è già una particolarità: color ruggine, manto di volpe, tendente all’arancione. Schiuma fine, poco spessa e poco persistente, di color giallo/arancione molto chiaro. Nell’aroma si percepiscono chiarissime note liquorose, barricate nonché di succo di melagrana e di frutti rossi, leggermente aciduli. In bocca è un capolavoro. Il liquore barricato è ciò che prevale: Porto, Grand Marnier, whiskey si sentono chiaramente. Il dolce del maltato è predominante, ma alla fine del sorso si avvertono anche leggere note amaricanti e un leggerissimo salato, che rendono la bevuta ancora più interessante. Può essere paragonata anche ad una Barley wine, per il suo carattere liquoroso e "stagionato", avendo però delle sue note peculiari.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2008
2006 Bottle. Dark brown pour. Thin off-white head quickly diminishes into a halo of lace. Oak, toffee, vanilla, and bourbon on the nose. Very smooth on the palate. Malt, vanilla, and bourbon flavors. Nicely complex, very drinkable at 9.3%. Medium-full mouthfeel. Slightly astringent finish with some alcohol presence. I’ve often overlooked this beer in the past. Try it, you’ll love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mrnoluv (194) - long beach, California, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Pours light brown, very minimal white head, has the ale look, citrus smell, the taste is sweet, hoppy, citrus . It’s a cross between a Scottish ale and a Baleywine. I have been looking forward to this, not disappointed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - MAR 28, 2011
An amber/orange/copper color. Cannot see through this beer. Very small head that was an off white color. Probably due to the high alcohol content. Had some decent legs after each sip. A sweet nose of dried fruit. Some caramel and some nuttiness reminiscent of peanut butter fudge. Very nice. A few notes of alcohol. Similar to a brandy or wine. Very complex and very well balanced. A sweet molasses flavor combined with a caramel malt. I’m also getting some dark fruit. Something similar to black cherries. The brandy type alcohol flavors are there, but they are not tart or overbearing. The nuttiness is not very prominent in the taste. Medium/full mouthfeel. Chewy. Somewhat smooth. A very nice bit of alcohol warmth all the way through. Nicely dry. Leaves more than enough on the palate. This is an excellent beer. It’s a sipper, however and not conducive to a high drinkability standard. Very complex. This would go well on a cold night while reading a book. I, personally, would not want to have more than one of these at a time. It might put me on the floor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nwiseman (193) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - AUG 20, 2010
Bottle from VBS. Pours a deep ruby brown with almost no head. Sweet malt with obvious molasses aroma. Rich and full-bodied with a kind of burnt sweetness. Alcohol is very noticeable. Another very solid offering from Founder’s and a great way to end the night.

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