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RATINGS: 1616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2006 BOTTLE RATING: a fine brew, but a bit dissapointing for an old ale...too much bourbon, too little caramel...just way too boozy TAP RATING 29 AUGUST 2005finally the curmudgeon has risen....a dark brown body (color of a chesnut in the light)...aroma is wonderful...full of sweet malts, grapefruit hops...flavor isnt quite as expected with an old ale...full of piney hops, some sweet malts, and a bite that is common in their Dirty Bastard and Devil Dancer...i agree with silphium as well...his rating is right on the money 8 4 7 3 14

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark amber brown. Strong alcohol taste. taste of caramel and malt. good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2006
2006 bottle. Mahogany colored pour. Clear with suspended particles. No head and a slick appearance. The aroma has candy, spice, and a light sweetness that is spicy and fruity at the same time. Very peculiar tasting stuff. Light sweetness with heavy malts that include caramel then moving to Belgian hard candy, some kind of fruit and loads of spice (cinnamon-nutmeg ). Finishes with a light bitterness. Full creamy body. Very odd, but not unenjoyable. I donít think Iíll seek this one out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4737) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 7, 2006
This was better than most bourbon barrel aged beers Iíve had, but please, Iím begging for this fad to slow down. Pours very dark copper with beige head that dwindles fairly quickly. Aroma is bourbon - traces of the malt as in there, but they are hidden by the dominant bourbon. Medium to full bodied beer with light carbonation. LOTS of bourbon on teh taste. There is some malt, but hard to make out characteristics of it. After a while the bourbon falls out a little bit and the malt comes out more with a very musty caramel taste. I wish I wouls have had this beer before the bourbon barrel aged version. If I want bourbon, Iíll buy a damn bottle - please stop doing this to the beers. At the very least state it is barrel aged on the bottle or 4 pack holder.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Pours a nice copper with a decent beige. Strong bourbon, alcohol and rum notes with some raisin and twizzler notes. The taste is extremely oaky with lots of alcohol and bourbon. Nice sweet vanilla and caramel notes with subtle hints of chocolate and dark fruits. Pretty good, but way way way too heavy on the oak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2008
tronranerís Xmas Eve Eve Eve Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to Suttree. Hazy orange body with small floaties. Slight whitish carbonation builds but disappears instantly. A very syrupy aroma, raisins, rum, syrup, vanilla. Taste is maple syrup with a light alcohol, brown sugar and a touch of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3503) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 5, 2009
12 oz bottle courtesy of tjthreh. Pour is cloudy orange amber, with a thin off white head, nice lacing after a quick swirl of the glass. Noticeable floaties in the glass. Aroma of dusty resin maltiness, a bit of alcohol heat. Some floral honey sweetness. Taste is resin, nutty, maltiness - a sharp twinge of alcohol to the finish. Palate is dry, medium, mouth coating, alcohol present. There really is none of the sweetness from the nose in the flavor, in fact this beer did not really taste like it smelled at all. Decent enough beer, but not too complex and a bit harsh for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2009
12oz. bottle, with thanks to alexsdad06 for the great bonus. Pours a iced tea color with a thin off-white head, moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, dark fruits, caramel, toffee and honey. Flavor is malty, with more caramel, toffee, and candied dark fruits. Enjoyable enough, but everything just didn’t quite seem to come together as well as it could for some reason. Thanks again Brad!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle generously shared by theisti. This is the one Founders brew that I have been wanting to try but have never been able to find in my travels throughout the Midwest. So, thank you for sharing it with me, Tim. :) Pours a cloudy reddish-orange with a ton of suspended sediment and patchy off-white lace. The nose is an interesting fruity blend of pineapple, caramel, craisins and lighter notes of brown sugar and alcohol. Medium to full-bodied and oily with fine carbonation and a dry, moderately bitter resinous finish. The flavor is of round malt and woody tobacco notes with a resinous finish; absolutely nothing like the nose.This is a decent big beer, but the nose and flavor are about as far apart from one another as I can imagine them being, and I had really been hoping for a bit more from this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Bottle. Huge citrus and caramel apple aroma. Cloudy orange-amber body, small tan head. Flavor is caramel malt, pineapple, and spices. Alcohol is present also, especially in the finish which is distinctly like bourbon.

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