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RATINGS: 1713   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2013
2012 bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark honey/amber color with a small off white head. Very sweet and malty nose, lots of dark fruits, caramel, some light spices, and a touch of alcohol. Dark fruits are strong on the taste as well, some caramel and molasses, candy sugar, smooth, sweet, a few "holiday" spices I can’t put my finger on, and very malty. I need to try this fresh again to compare the two, though this is pretty damn tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garbageman (486) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2013
From bottle. Pours a reddish brown in color with thin head. Aroma was dark fruit and booze. Taste follows with addition of malt and a slight earthy note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spacecube (1562) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2015 355ml bottle, pours light golden brown with no head, just a little lacing. Aroma is caramel, toffee, biscuit, bourbon, dried fruit, floral hop. Medium bobied, sticky texture, medium sweetness and long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmgreenuk (6970) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Poured a crystal clear medium amber with a frothy off white head. The aroma is rich fruity malt, sweet treacle and alcohol. The flavour is medium sweet, light bitter with a smooth rich fruit alcohol liqourice palate. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation and a long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcvonrosen (14) - Rockford, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2014
Unique aroma. I think someone else said "toasty apple", which is a good description of the unique character in the aroma. Color is a dark amber / copper. I had thought an old ale should be slightly darker, and I think a little darker color would add to this by adding a sort of old, woody, seafarer sense to the beer. Oak, molasses, and malt blend well. It’s nice to get a unique flavor that can be a little subtle. Good beer all around, and nice to have as a change of pace, but if I were looking for the malty, caramel-ly flavor in this beer, I’d probably go for a Dirty Bastard. They obviously brew way better than I do, but if I made this as an old ale and tasted it, I’d think that I needed to darken in a little and raise the oak and molasses flavors slightly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4946) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2014
Squat US 12oz bottle. Great label featuring an old chap who appears to be constipated and without hygienic paper products. Not sure what he’s sitting on. Clear, orange-bronze beer, respectable tea-stained head. Malty aroma, pleasantly floral-toasty-woody, date/raisin/prune fruitiness... almost suggests a spiced ale of some sort. Woody bitter, sweetish as it warms, as with the aroma, the flavor profile suggests that it would be a suitable backbone for *ahem* pumpkin beer or winter warmers. An implied allspice, and some faint mashed banana(? - weird) tones. Definite vanilla tones. Mouthy body, the alcohol-spice bitterness grows and starts to cling - which is really its only flaw. Warming. ABV was masked well, but I could definitely see this base with barrel aging. Market Square Liquors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barnoloid (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2014
’Old Ale’ is not a style that you tend to see many of around Founders has put together an offering that showcases the sweetness and caramel feel of this molasses forward beer. This is ’oak aged’, which adds a woodsiness and underpins the heavy malt feel here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FreakG (11) - SPAIN - MAY 4, 2014
Gold -Copper with orange sparks. Woody with a nice mouthfeel (not cloying)..Very SWEET (seems Rum) Very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjohnny (470) - - MAY 9, 2014
Fruit. Sweet. Malty. Pours a dark orange amber with a thick slowly fading off white head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. Thick full mouthfeel. Very smooth. Clean. Sweet. Molasses. Earthy. Oaky. Slight bitterness on the finish with the slightest lingering warmth. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
r464 (2250) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Dark copper with a light tan head. Strong, full, powerful. Deep malt with raisin and caramel. Long finish.

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