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RATINGS: 1587   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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 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 Founderís and a great way to end the night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
c_lee_burton (193) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2014
Bottle. Love the sweet to oakey flavor. Beautiful cloudy amber color with a sweet oak smell. Great old ale thatís got a smooth and creamy feel. Another Founders brew thatís incredibly smooth for a high ABV offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kromamc (192) - ITALY - MAR 6, 2010
buonissima... rosso scuro schiuma a grana fine..... al naso note vinose tipo porto molto leggere malto caramellato delicato frutta secca luppolo floreale soave... corpo perfetto morbida avvolgente rotonda... bonaa

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Is this liquor or beer? The faint aroma of alcohol belies its strength. Complex blend of malts, toffee, cinnamon, and a hop kicker on the finish. Wonderfully smooth feel and a nice bite on the tongue. A fitting tribute to the living legend Robert D. Raiford.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
marv3mania (185) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2013
Bottle poured into pint glass. This is a dark copper beer with essentially no head. The aroma is incredibly rich with caramel malts and a slight toffee scent. The taste is similar to the nose, with an earthy quality to it. It doesnít taste as strong as I expected, and thereís a unique sweetness to it. It also feels lighter than I thought it would. Overall, I approve.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mallons72 (184) - livonia, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Very cloudy - very thick feeling beer. Nice aroma - barley, caramel, melon. Flies like this beer when drinking it outside. I do to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Pours out hazy red orange amber with disappearing white head - looks just great. Smells fruity, sweet malty, light hops, probably some Munich malt, and maybe some German hops. The flavor is very sweet, thereís something sour here, bitterness, prunes, coffee, bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is sweet and syrupy. Overall, a good brew, but apparently old ales arenít my favorite style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ManvsCity (183) - Redmond, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Twelve oz bottle. Thick and sweet with a thin amber foam layer and small but sticky lacing. Aroma has bourbon, hickory, toffee candy. Smooth on the tongue, not a huge amount of carbonation, almost barleywine syrupy. Bourbon, black fig, plum, sweet almond paste. Slight snap of hops at the back of the throat on the finish, and a bit of residual alcohol heat on the sides of the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hank37 (182) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - DEC 13, 2014
Stonefruit and spice aromas, with bourbon tinged stonefruit and raisins. Oak is present up front, sensational beer that has renewed my faith in founders

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wolfenkopf (180) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2011
This one has a wonderful nutty and caramel aroma. There was no head to speak of. The brew is similar in color to a strong tea. Thereís quite a lot to the taste. It is brutally high in the alcohol taste, though it is well offset with caramel. There is also a high element of bitterness, but it did not take away from my enjoyment. Bitterness and carbonation fight hard for supremacy over the palate with no clear winner. This one is a monster and you shouldnít pass up the opportunity to try it.

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