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RATINGS: 1492   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Bottle from JPDIPSO. Pours turbid brown with 1-finger off-white head. Aroma of heavy dark fruit and cobwebby malt, plus some oaky bourbon and vanilla notes, and some peaty hints also. The flavor is a complex mix of fruity figgy malts, caramel, some oaky bourbon, hops, brown sugar, cherry, and nut hints. Complex in aroma and palate, and very smooth for a beer of this heft. This is another outstanding offering from Founder’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (8034) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 16, 2010
Pouring viscous to nearly headless clear berry-red beer. Quite sweet, molasses-like nose, but with a convincing USA-hops aroma behind, as well as clear alcohol, presenting a nice madeirisation. Bittersweet with a good blance, the dry bitterness just winning out. Still, the sweet maltbacking remains throughout. Flowery, woody, and brandy notes. Especially the balance being good, I find something like Amaretto, too, and herbal notes. Slick, viscous, but dry enough. Full bodied, of course. Excellent Barley wine-like. American in character, but nowhere "over the top", as the expression seems to be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (7979) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2012
355 ml bottle at Ölrepubliken on February 11, 2012
Murky orange color, off-white head. Oak, almond paste, alcohol scent. Sweet, minty, alcohol, marzipan taste. Warming alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7960) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle. Peach, barley malt and alcohol aroma. Cloudy ruby-amber color with minimal head. Sweet light peach, barley and moderate alcohol flavor. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (7921) - Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
12 oz bottle. Bottled 2/10/10. Pours into my snifter a beautiful clear reddish orange with a creamy ivory head that lasts for a good amount of time before slowly receding and leaving some nice lacing. The smell is luscoius. There is tons of caramel and butterscotch. It is also earthy with a touch of hops. There is also a stark dark fruit scent. It is a very luxurious looking and smelling beer. The taste isn’t as good as the other two but it is very good. It is alot more bitter than expected with a nice hop bite. The malt is here too and it is almost cloyingly sweet. There is an abundance of caramel on the palate. The mouthfeel is thick but has a nice, smooth carbonation, it is slightly cloying but not overly form the sugar and alcohol. The alcohol in this one isn’t perfectly hidden but it works well and makes this one feel like a strong barleywine going down. Overall it is one beautiful looking and beautifully scented brew, the taste is good but not spectacular. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-12-2010 21:51:54

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2012 Bottle thanks to TURDFERGUSON. Labeled at 9.8% ABV so I am assuming it is the Bourbon Barrel version or something recent. Pours with a light brown head and a slightly hazed, pretty reddish amber body. Head fades to a ring after a while and leaves pretty good lacing. Aroma is alcohol (Brandy with notes of vanilla and bourbon), with tons of caramel and a bit of fruit behind the alcohol burn from my snifter. Tastes is alcohol and a bit of bitter butterscotch, with a touch of dirt or cobwebs, some fruits, and raisins. Alcohol is not well hidden at all (but that is okay by me). Creamy mouthfeel and light carbonation. Another good Founder’s Beer.

Re-rate: Bottle marked 4/6/12. Pours with a murky amber hued body with a lasting off-white head. Decent lace. Aromas show a bit of raw popcorn, toasted malt and caramel (no bourbon, which was quite evident the last time I tried it). Cereal grain, toffee, malty, chewy, cornbread, clean and complex malt character. Flavors are of cornbread, buttery biscuit, burn bread. Nice toasted malt character, a decent amount of caramel without being too sweet. Very light esters (mostly dried fruits). Malt character is strongly toasty and dry with a somewhat light hop bitterness, slightly soapy in character. Becomes a bit hard to drink as it warms as the bitterness comes out a bit. Light chlorine. Fuller body, very viscous mouthfeel, sweet, fuller alcohol, still finishes dry with a grainy balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (7413) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2010
355 ml bottle. From København, Denmark.
Light amber colour with tiny white head. Yeast, fruits, biscuit and caramel in aroma. Yeast, bitter hops, biscuit and some alcohol in flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (7236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2012
12 oz. bottle, pours an opaque dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma of syrupy sweet malts, caramel, some English malt notes, and some peppery spice. Flavour brings out some peppery spice, more than offset by English caramel malts and syrupy sweetness - sort of a rummy boozy sweetness to it. No hop presence whatsoever, just some peppery notes that are quite bothersome. Not so enjoyable to me - way overrated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Skinnyviking (7235) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2009
Bottle. Low and quickly disappearing off-white fluffy head. Hazy red brown body. Sweet barley malt caramel fruity aroma. Heavily carbonated, high alcohol malty caramel fruity flavor with a fair amount of hops bitterness. Long bitter alcohol aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7182) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Bottled. Poured a deep burgundy with very little going on in terms of head. Nose was of sweet Kentucky bourbon upfront followed by a sufficiently ample plum, toffee, cherry, and deep caramel presence behind it. Fuller mouthfeel with a whole bunch of malts (scorched earth, toasty caramel, and candied plums) and rich, well-placed bourbon overtones. Finish found vanilla and oaky notes to go with the aforementioned goodness. This was really good stuff!

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