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RATINGS: 1314   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mixmasterob (880) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2012 Bottle. Poured a clear reddish orange with no head although some lace was left behind. Aroma was of a lot of malts, some caramel, maybe some acidulated? Subtle sweet aroma from the malts, some fruit (raisins?), and some heat from the alcohol. Light carbonation led to a a full and oily mouthfeel. Nice finish, an extremely smooth and lasting bitterness. This seemed like a mellowed out barley wine to me, very nice indeed. The near 10% alcohol fooled me. Not my favorite style but I enjoyed this one. Update: This has become one of my all time favorite beers. Itís delicate and robust at the same time. So smooth itís not fair. One of the best crafted ales I have come across since I began this journey. Top shelf. Yes, this is my favorite beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BOSSbrewer (1319) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Fantastic. Oaky. Really nice. Rated this with another app and BeerBuddy unfortunately won't let me import comments.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Holtguy (114) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 Dark amber color, small head. Whiskey aroma and flavor, with strong maltiness and sweetness. Itís so sweet itís sticky. But the boozy nature of the beer, coupled with the malt and oak flavor balance this out very well i like this beer a lot. One of my all time favorites. I thought my score should reflect how highly I think of this beer. Re-rate: the 2013 batch has 9.8% abv, which I think is a tad higher than it used to be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jebb12 (47) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2008 I live in Grand Rapids so Iíve tried most of Founders products and though they are all distinctive in thier own way this, along with the Kentucky Boubon Stout, is by far thier finest masterpiece. Thick and Malty, this beer tastes like candy mixed with fine whiskey and warms soothingly as you swallow. The hops are generous but not too stong and play off the primary cereal flavor perfectly. Despite the price this is a beer you must try if your lucky enough to catch it on the shelf.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
patrickfannon (1230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2010 Bottle. 12 oz. (2007 Vintage) Split with Vin. Pours a sick, deep, opaque shiny brown with a one finger, thick, creamy tan head. Body is filled with snowflake chunks of pale sediment. The aroma is sneakily smooth and engaging; notes of vanilla, oak, roasted malts, buttery biscuits, bourbon, cream, toffee, and tons of caramel. Medium bodied with a gooey, round, sticky palate. The sweetness of the malts and bourbon really surface in the front, with a huge, warm boozy finish. This fucking beer is amazing. Just get a bottle and drink it. Itís like a warm hug from an old, dear friend.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kbosch74 (4) - USA - AUG 22, 2011 does not count
The best example of Old Ale that Iíve ever come across. Great by itself, or with the ribs that I just had them with.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarkSachon (506) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2013
12 oz bottle from The BeerHive in Pittsburgh. Rich, heavy, fills the belly with goodness. Fans of the heavyweights should find a lot of pleasure in this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Fresh bottle. Hazy and murky with a dirty ruby-caramel-brown color. Big tan sawdust concentration spans the head, and weíve got a thick, clinging tan wrung with lovely lacing tracts as we go. Aroma revels in amarillo intoxication, melding longingly with sweet chewy amaretto nougats, a pistachio-pine combo, strawberry shortcake, cherry fig neutons with sugary single malt scotch injected into the fruit filling, cherry wax chews and bubblegum. Hot flavor reservation seeps in seductively, mirroring and miring the aroma. Spiced rum, banana-rye bread and a woody bourbon tract. Peppery amaretto toffee chews and delicatessen Disaronno bubblegum. Maplewood and gentle toasty accents of coconut aid sentiments of greased bing cherries. Sticky palate persona, with the tongue melding to the roof of the mouth and then recessing to a smidgeon of palate numbing. Gentle bitterness supports a huge malt bill with dead-on carbonation. That bitterness and alcohol line the center tongue groove while whisky & rye and flame-licked oak bring out the finish. This might be this breweryís best foot forward. A masterful demonstration of complexity, and such an original work of art.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Speaking of the bourbon-aged í06 version. This Old Ale has an incredible WOW factor. I still recall my first sip (a slap on the face by a enchanting barmaid). By the end of the first bottle, though, I had some criticism: the strong (though pleasing, like a decadent dessert) brown sugar/molasses/vanillin notes overpowered this brewís otherwise superb range. The cellar has cured this...and now the Curmudgeon is firmly seated on my top 10 list!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Cloudy amber with light head / Big, sweet, winey nose of coconut, caramel, and bourbon / Full body, thick and moderately syrupy, with superb balance and finish / Flavors of coconut, bourbon, caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, and oak / One hell of a brew - almost flawless.

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