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RATINGS: 1378   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2006 Bottled version, rated 3 May 2006.The "official" version of Curmudgeon Old Ale is finally in bottles, and has been given the bourbon treatment. Sediment-laden orange-red body, thin off-white head. Strong oak and vanilla bourbon aroma, with candyish sweet malts and alcohol notes. The flavor is woody, leathery, and a hint salty, but the underlying malts are indistinct and merely serve as a sweetish wash on the tongue underlying the oak notes. Thereís a little bit of bubblegum on the palate that lends slight interest to an otherwise messy beer. Oh, well. Founders has mostly hits and a few misses, and, unfortunately, this is in the latter category.

On tap at Founders after a long wait! Deep reddish-brown body, medium cream head. Indistinct aroma of sweet, candyish malts with hints of hops bitterness. Served too cold. Surprisingly bitter, piney flavor with rather nondescript sweet malts (hints of berries, cherry), caramel, and toast, but not with the intense focus on the malt bill as suggested in the official description. The finish was bitter with strong grapefruit rind. I expected a bigger caramely body, perhaps with raisins, prunes, or figs, but that was just a dream, just a dream, just a dream...in any case, this is decent sipping material, but, if youíve tried their I2PA, Devil Dancer, and Dirty Bastard, youíve pretty much explored the territory this beer navigates.
July 2005 tap (non barrel-aged) version: 7-4-7-3-13 (3.4).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2367) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Bottle thanks to OhioDad. Well, here goes another íold aleí I wonder how different this one will be. Pours copper with a bit of lacing. Aroma is not strong could barely pick up some carmel sweetness. Taste is watery with strong alcohol-bourbon flavor and pine. Burns the throat a good deal. Mouthfeel is watery. This pretty much felt like a watery alcoholic and piney drink. Got no heavy maltiness or sweetness as I would expect from such a beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2006
From bottle. Pours a murky brown/orange with no head. Nose is of rotting flowers and off-alcohols. Kind of unpleasant. Flavor is of a mellow sweet malt that still has some of the nose. Palate is smooth and thick.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Weird beer. I swear, it tasted like someone shoved 25 pieces of bubblegum in my mouth. The finish was a strange medicine flavor. In the end, i got a little bourbon flavor. If this is what Old Ales taste like, iíll pass. Thanks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kseecs16 (1192) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle. Poured a cloudy orange-brown, a bit dingy looking with a little head. Smell of citrusy fruit, nice and crisp. Sweet, malty with a distincty astringency of grapefruit and alcohol. Feels a bit too carbonated with a medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2012 12oz 2006 bottle. About 1 year old. Poured into a snifter the color is a muddy brown and the head is a clumpy layer of white cream and lace. The aroma is rich caramel malts and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is equally rich but not nearly as sweet as I had anticipated. The flavors are hard to pick but I guess this just isnít my style of old ale. 6/4/5/3/11

12oz bottle. Fresh. Still not a personal favorite, but itís a sophisticated and complex beer. Lighter in color than I remember and more astringent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Goodgrief (1767) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Mar. 2007 - Old Ales being one of my favorite styles, and Founders being one of my favorite brewers, my high expectations were a little disappointed here. Pour was murky brown, like swamp water lots of yeasties floating around...no head or lacing. Aroma was thick caramel. Flavor was really sweet caramel and a strong fruity phenolic flavor that tasted more like bananas than any hefe Iíve had. Really sweet. The mouthfeel was really thick (canít accuse this one of being watery), but very undercarbonated and flat, which made the sweetness mildly cloying. Very little bitterness to balance out all the sweetness. I never thought Iíd say this, but the Sam Adams take on this style was far superior.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Dirty river water and an attempt at a foam head that never came to fruition. Aroma is dark fruit, honey, brown sugar and vanilla. Flavor is also sweet with distinguishable notes of raisin, cherry skin, and vanilla. The lack of carbonation had a negative impact on this beer. Still glad I had a chance to try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckiní hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2008
There is a quality to this beer that I really don’t like. I know a lot of people like this, and it’s a pretty great old ale. I can drink it if I plug my nose. It smells like thrift store books. Anyyyywayyyyy.... it’s a ruby color .. nice representation for the style. Flavor is REALLY malty... almost a peat like quality to the malt there. I smell leaves. Like old leaves waiting for pickup on the side of the street. OK, come to think of it, this beer of the personification of a child molester. It’s kind of musty, dated, old sock-ish, and reeks of booze. I need an adult.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackForestCO (976) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Bottle thanks to jgd0608, thanks man. Poured a clear, deep caramel-red color with a moderate off-white head that slowly faded to a layer and left some spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel, toffee, dark fruit (mostly raisin, some light plum), some light oxidization and a bit of alcohol. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with some light hints of fig that lead into a caramel maltiness with some fruity raisin undertones that finishes with some oxidization. Low carbonation, smooth on the palate. I really wanted to like this beer, but something held me back. Perhaps it was the oxidization, which seemed a bit intense for the age of the beer.

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