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RATINGS: 1562   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10009) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2007 Bottle 2006... Mostly clear, burnt orange ale with a small , creamy, khaki head. Malty, woodsy nose with lots of bourbon. Boozy, bitter flavor. Malt sweetness followed by hop and alcohol bitterness. Full-bodied and oily with faint carbonation. Finishes grassy and woodsy. Thanks go out to growler for sharing the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Bottle. Pours a murky caramel brown with some red hues peeking through. Off white diminishing. head At first the aroma was very faint, but became more pronounced as it warmed, which was of sugary caramel and alcohol. Mouthfeel is a suprisingly medium light.. Initial flavor of caramelized sugar, vanilla, and oak quickly transitions to a pronounced boozy, warming, and astringent finisih. Hops really take a back seat in the finish. What was really weird about this that is goes down the throat so smoothly, like velvet. No stickiness. Not bad, but I did find the flavors and transitions fighting each other. This one maybe a little young for my tastes. I’ll put one back and see how it ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2006
12oz - 2006 - Aroma is strong leather, oak, and tobacco. Pours dark brown/ red with a ring for head and good lacing. Not very attractive. Flavor matches the aroma with a bourbon aftertaste lingering. The alcohol shows up in the finish. Palate is sticky. This brew hits you over the head with aroma and flavor, unfortunatley they are not the flavors I perfer. I will hold onto one and see if it mellows with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2007 Pours a dark, amber/brown with virtually no head. The aroma is sweet oak and bourbon, some caramel and pine, but the bourbon is definatley the star of this show. The flavor is again bourbon, but it isn’t too strong and lets the rest of the cast some out to play. Sticky sweet toffee and resinous pine, with touches of vanilla and raisins. The mouthfeel is very soft, accentuated by the very low level of carbonation. The finish is fairly dry with moderate bitterness and slightly warm. If you like bourbon barreling, you will certainly love this beer. For me, it is a bit too much, but nice inspite of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2011 Hazy, red color, a touch of brown with an almost nonexistent head. Very fruity, candy-like, taffy, and pina colada in the nose. A very unusual flavor profile. Coconut prevails. Tropical oil, candied sugar, alcoholic warmth, and a balancing bitterness to a nicely syrupy palate of jaggery? sugar-like flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Pours a deep rich caramel color with no head. Aroma and flavor is very caramelly and malty. I would assume this is the ’06 bottling due to the very pronounced coconut and vanilla aroma and flavor. Definitely a must for bourbon fans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3724) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2007
bottle - Pours murky brown with a very small head. The aroma has caramel, malt sweetness, and a hint of hops. Malt, quite a bit of hops, some alcohol, and some oak flavors all come through in this in this full bodied ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2007
Pours a cloudy brown color with lots of floaties and a ring of light brown lace. Very good aroma and flavor of peated and caramel malt with very mild alcohol. The body is light and creamy and the carbonation is gentle. Another solid Founders product.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 11, 2008
Bottle from jjpm74. Thanks again John! The pour was a turbid brown with some lighter copper highlights. A nice off-white that was almost two-fingers tall popped up and provided some lacing. The aroma is almost all malt with some light citrus coming through early and some bourbon/alcohol emerging as it opened up. The flavor was aggressive malt with light herbal notes and some citrus. The bourbon is definitely a player in this one. You won’t miss it. The mouthfeel is very nice and this beer is very drinkable. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2008
This is one of those beers that’s made great but isn’t necessarily my cup of tea. Very sweet. Very malt forward. Raisins, caramel, vanilla, toffee, some alcohol. I’d like there to be just a touch more bitterness at the finish. I may need to revisit this one while it’s around.

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