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RATINGS: 1736   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2008
A nice beer, from Founders. Good color, though not much of a head. Has that sugary, grainy appearance so common of barley wines, and a good, reddish hued brown color. Nose is warming on its own, dominated by the hops and alcohol. Flavor is, again, very similar to a BW, though perhaps not quite as hoppy or rich in flavor as that near cousin. Finish fades into hoppy goodness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2008
12oz bottle courtesy of JCB. Pours a hazy amber with some floaters and a 2 finger cream head but only spotty lacing. Nose is caramel malt, brown sugar, vanilla and alcohol. Taste is raisins, toffee, sweet dates and a light hop finish with some alcohol burn mixed in. Medium mouth feel. Decent brew. Thanks Jason!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Pours a murky reddish orange with a creamy off-white head that lingers as a thin cap for quite a while and leaves good lacing. The aroma is heavy on sweet caramel malts and dark sweet fruits. There is definitely a wood and bourbon presence but not overpowering. There are some floral hops up front as well. The taste is boozier than the aroma with lots of bourbon and oak throughout. The flavor has the sweetness of the caramel malts and molasses but it takes a back seat to the barrel character. The mouthfeel is crazy smooth but with good carbonation. Just coats the mouth wonderfully. This is an interesting old ale and I think it would have been even better for me without the overpowering barrel presence in the taste. Nonetheless, a good sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Well this is just delicious. I thought it was Old Curmudgeon Ale and was a barleywine, but apparently it is an Old Ale, which I dont know what that is. What is it? Its like a barleywine, I guess. Nice beer to light your old man fire. Apparently, I cant use apostrophes on ratebeer anymore, this is difficult.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6011) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Copper, no head - nice aroma, with a bit of rum or whiskey, and touches of vanill and chocolate. Flavor is smooth and rich, with a bourbon and brown sugar, maybe some molasses, too. Very tasty stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Nice old ale. Heavy alcohol aroma and taste. Sweet malts overcome the hops easily. Pours a dark amber with a moderately firm head.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Poured cloudy amber with a thin head. Malt and oak aroma. Oak and bourbon up front with notes of malt, vanillla caramel and some alcohol burn. Quite sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (3005) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Bottle courtesy TheCheeseman. Dark brown pour with a thin off white head. Big caramel malt, toffee aroma with hints of earthy hops. Very bold caramel malt, earthy hop taste with hints of fruit. Alcohol is hidden well, very smooth and english BW like.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2009
(bottle - 12 oz) Got this in a little trade from Dave. Thanks man. Copper pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet with some good hints of sweetness, dark fruits, oak, maybe some bourbon, and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and rich with lots of toffee, caramel, oak, wood, vanilla, alcohol, and a light tartness near the end. Finishes smooth and sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Murky copper body; thin head. Aroma - mandarin orange, rusted pipes. Texture of wet clay, paper maché. Extremely musty old-world malt flavor. Some plum flavor. Moderate bitterness of old hops conjures up tree bark(?), chalk(?). Alcohol adds to the body but not to the flavor. Very unique; I don’t have any other beers to use as a reference point for comparison. 2 bottles over 2 weeks before I feel comfortable entering a rating. I did like this.


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