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RATINGS: 1382   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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.


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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
htnicholas (49) - California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
From 12oz bottle which was bottled on 2/15/13. This "version" was "Brewed with Molasses and Oak Aged." It pours a deep, slightly cloudy reddish amber color with a very thin tan head which rapidly dissipates to a thin ring. No noticeable lacing. Low to medium carbonation and the head is comprised of very dense bubbles. Mouthfeel is slick and slightly creamy. Very nice. The aroma a sumptuous portent of the awesome taste which is to follow. Primarily the nose follows the taste except there is no detectible hop aroma. Taste is moderately sweet without being cloying. Flavors of carmel, dark bread, molasses, figs, vanilla bean, and raisins dominate balanced by a very modest bitterness from the roasted malt and the 50 IBU's of bitterness contributed by the hops. The oak bourbon barrel overtones are quite noticeable and add in a very positive way to the aroma and taste of the beer. They are perfectly integrated into the nose, the taste, and the finish. The finish allows a little more of the hop bitterness to linger but there is a nice sustained carmel sweetness providing a perfect balance. The 9.8% ABV is well hidden, with the beer providing only mild alcohol heat. A very drinkable beer that is complex yet perfectly balanced. This may be one of my top ten favorites. This beer could be reasonably categorized as a barley wine rather than as a classic "Old Ale" such as Theakston's Old Peculiar. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
micieli6000 (24) - New York, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Fantastic aroma and very nice looking beer. Nice head and a beautiful copper color. Finishes great. Another Founders classic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (676) - Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Poured from the bottle into a dark foggy red color with a thin off white head. Has a dark fruit aroma black cherries and alcohol. A slight spiced syrup flavor towards the end. Heavy carbonation. Very drinkable for the abv on the higher end. An interesting beer overall. Also paired really well with my blackened catfish. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlbeer (730) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle at brewfest. Amber pour with white head. Smells of malts and slight sourness. Tastes sweet with slight sour and alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gururyan (593) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Poured from bottle into snifter, little to no head, clear deep ruby orange in color, boozy aroma. Definately tastes like most old/strong ales I've had with a smokey and sweet touch. Not bad, not chuggable, should come with a cigar. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJestersBeer (2034) - SWEDEN - JUL 22, 2014
355ml bottle. Pours an almost clear deep amber, with a small off-white head. Rich, complex aroma, caramel, malt, molasses, wood, vanilla, dried fruit, hops, fudge, candied sugar. Off-dry, medium to full bodied, mid bitterness, creamy CO2. Complex, balanced taste, caramel, vanilla, wood, candied sugar, nuts, fudge, hops, tannins. Wonderfully balanced and complex. I wonder what a few yearsí ageing will do to this beer? (2014-07-22)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (2509) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; clear copper pour with a foamy beige head, aroma has dark fruit and a hint of pine, taste has resinous pine, caramel, some spice, winter fruits, a hint of spirit. Grows as you drink it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hockeybeerguy (1669) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Rcvd in trade. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice hazy amber color with just a film of lacing that quickly died and left a bubbliness of sorts along the sides of the glass. The smell has a really nice oaky bourbon aroma letting in some light vanilla to entangle itself throughout. There was some light cherries at the end. The taste was sweet and had a touch of hot from the strength of the beer. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with not much of a sessionability about it. I sipped it for the most part. The carbonation was super smooth almost as if it wasnít there at all, but I could tell it was slightly there. Overall, I could be wrong but the last time I had something from Founderís, I thought they would stamp the bottle with a born on date in green. There was no date to be found. Honestly, Iím not too worried but think I may have gotten an older bottle due to the slight lack of strength of the booze and the subdued carbonation. If anything, this one aged was absolutely excellent and definitely welcome this again and see if I could get a fresh bottle just to compare.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
varanid99 (484) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2014
Deep amber pour with no real head. Dark caramel, burnt brown sugar, dried fruit aromas. Sweet, caramel fudgey taste, toffee, vanilla, dried fruit, woody flavours. Not boozy, really well balanced. This was great, and even better as it warmed up slightly

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (518) - - JUL 15, 2014
Draft. Pours a dark amber. Aroma is caramel and brown sugar. Taste is similar to the nose and creamy.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tillmac62 (174) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2014
BOD 4/13/13. Pours a deep amber with a heavy deep dark ruby hue. Weak head and lacing due to the alcohol content. Heavy nose of dark malt (caramel), molasses and dark fruit sweetness over alcohol with bourbon and oak notes. Light carbonation. Almost full bodied with a nice smooth creamy texture. The complex flavor profile is well balanced. It begins with sweet dark fruit flavors (fig, plum and raisin) which flow into a significant bourbon element. As the bourbon fades, oak and vanilla present themselves over a molasses note. The finish is smooth and leaves you with a light alcohol burn and a touch of hops. This is the Olde Ale standard, IMHO. BOD 4/13/12. Similar head, but hazy with flocculants. The nose is similar, but quite subdued. Bourbon is the most prevalent while the dark fruits have receded. Same body and carbonation. Like the nose, flavors have also gone downhill. Age has decomplexed the flavor profile. While still outstanding, it just doesnít reach out and grab you. Everything is there, but in a subdued fashion and more of a blended presentation rather than a progression on the palate. On itís own, I would give the aged version a 4.1.


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