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RATINGS: 1533   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Simple caramel and honey sweetness harbors citrusy hops and their leafy bitterness, producing an enjoyable but relatively unmemorable Old Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slab of foam tops the amber.
-The soft carbonation reveals the simplicity and generosity of the malt profile.
-This is very similar to most English-style Barley Wines brewed this side of the Atlantic.
-This doesn’t dazzle from the malt-side of things or from the hops’, so I can’t say I’ll go for it often.


   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8312) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (8308) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jercraigs (8276) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle, presumably 2006 vintage. Amber body, good sized creamy beige head. Earthy, musky aroma, boiled potatoes, some malt. Bitter and alcoholic flavour, dry caramel malt. Rough. Strange acerbic alcohol. Average palate. A fairly massive disappointment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (8226) - Ursel, 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 (8140) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (7940) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2011
12oz bottle. Nearly clear brown-orange color with some sediment haze, bubbles sticking to side of glass and a minimal head. This is my first time trying the "old ale" style. First impression, quite an aroma! Ranger Bob from Dutch’s Wine Cellar told me this had a molasses flavor, and he wasn’t kidding... Sweet malt aroma like I’ve never encountered it, but it’s very interesting. Syrupy texture but it seems appropriate in this case. Slight alcohol in the aftertaste. Very smooth finish. This gets better after just a couple sips, I could easily picture myself with one of these in an old-style port-pub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (7902) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Pours dark red with off white head. Aroma is malty and caramel sweet, taste up front is malty with caramel, toffee, and molasses that finishes rather sweet as well. Nicely hidden alcohol, but not my style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7894) - 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 (7867) - 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.

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