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RATINGS: 1531   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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
naivepegasus (350) - USA - SEP 5, 2010
Pours a cloudy orange amber with a thin film of off-white head. Notes of caramel and some toffee in the odor. Caramel in the taste, with some bread in there as well that fades into a hoppy bitterness, with some woody notes. I love Founders, but this is not my favorite to be honest. Itís alright.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
b33r (693) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Nice amber color with no head. Weak aroma, just a little malty and light vinous notes. Extreme malty flavor makes this one okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (6766) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 24, 2010
355 ml bottle @ Konttori.
Pours a dark amber colour with a minimal beige head. Medium sweet on the nose with a fair amount of toffee, honey, caramel malts and rye. The taste is medium sweet with caramel malts, light hoppiness, citrus and barnyard notes. Medium bodied, slicky to oily mouthfeel and low carbonation. Alcohol coming through in the end. Decent old ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rores1985 (10) - USA - NOV 4, 2010
A beer of good quality, however not one to my personal taste. The sweetness is way too aggressive for me to the point that it would be hard for me to finish even just one glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spilledpint (346) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Notes from 12/24/2010 12 oz. bottle from Binnyís Beverage Depot, Chicago Ar: Toffee, deep date notes. Light alcohol seems to be present as well. Ap: Pours hazy deep orange-amber with 1/2" light tan head. Decent lace. T: Pit fruit sweetness up front brings dates to mind. Bitterness on finish almost keeps it from being cloying, as does the mild alcohol burn. P: Chewy, thick, sticky body. Medium carbonation. O: Good winter warmer. The richness of these beers can be a bit much for me without huge amounts of hop bitterness, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - APR 11, 2011
Thanks to Sendsilk on BA for sharing this at the Funky Buddha. Has a light brownish color with a thin off white bubbly head. Aroma and flavor was sweet and malty. Nothing really jumped out at me but it was a good solid beer for the style that itís in. Iíll search this out again for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Damico (2786) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2011
The beer pours pure amber, a bit clear with a small white head. The aroma is a bit light sticky sweet with some vague smoky booze. The flavor starts out light and bitter and then the light sweet but potent old ale flavor hits the palate. The body is nice, a bit syrupy but smooth with a light hot ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense Nō, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2011
Pours copper with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, heavy raisin, plum, vanilla and alcohol. Flavour is caramel, alcohol, vanilla, heavy raisin and plum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wolfenkopf (176) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2011
This one has a wonderful nutty and caramel aroma. There was no head to speak of. The brew is similar in color to a strong tea. Thereís quite a lot to the taste. It is brutally high in the alcohol taste, though it is well offset with caramel. There is also a high element of bitterness, but it did not take away from my enjoyment. Bitterness and carbonation fight hard for supremacy over the palate with no clear winner. This one is a monster and you shouldnít pass up the opportunity to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a deep, hazy amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma is caramel, buttery toffee, and a little vanilla. Flavor is much the same, with a little unpleasant alcohol heat. Thatís what is keeping me from scoring it much higher. Iíll rate again after I taste an aged bottle.

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