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RATINGS: 1579   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAR 27, 2010
Bottled at O’Hara’s, Tampere. Reddish amber color. Sweet aroma of toffee and cocoa. Sweet bready, toffeish and nutty flavor with firmly bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Dark amber appearance and a strong aroma greets those who pour this beer. It comes across as more of a sipping whiskey then a beer. Drink it slow and enjoy the caramel aroma as you taste the sweetness that come with the dregs of the blackstrap.Sip and enjoy.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1548) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Pours a clean amber color with a significant off white head that provides sipping rings down the glass. Aroma is smokey roasted malt. Taste is sweet roasted malt, butter, maple and caramel. Noticable hop bitterness bite that also provides a grapefruit character to the taste. Mouthcoating and almost cloying, but well balanced. Alcohol warmth comes in after the swallow. A great old ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (3923) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Bottle at Tampa Tasting 26 May: Poured a orange copper color with light head. Aroma is fermented fruit and malt. Taste is a sweet boozy fruit and malt, very similar to a barleywine.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Pours amber with a quick, fine, light brown head. Nose is very sweet and fruity. Taste is mostly a sweet, semi-citrusy malt with a touch of alcohol and hops on the backside. Finish is sweet and a little oily. Solid beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2010
thick & malty. sweet caramel, light grape notes. nothing overly complex or challenging. enjoyed.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3299) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2010
This is something of an English barleywine, I’d say, though it has a striking spice presence despite the fact that I don’t believe any spices were added. It look plain in the glass, orange in color w/ a slight haze and a small head. The nose begins w/ an unfortunate metallic note which covers to some extent an overall very interesting cotton candy and cinnamon spice note. The taste, though, is quite lovely, sweet and fruity, complex and again w/ many warm spice notes. It’s just a little sticky on the palate which suits the style in the case w/ mild carbonation an djust a hint of alcohol burn. That whiff of metal up front is a real downer. Otherwise, this beer would be a winner through and through. Instead, it is just a nice strong ale.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsmitty80 (1982) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2010
On draft. This was a very thick beer with a high alcohol content. I enjoyed it very much while sipping it for a long time. I had to throw back the last 1/4 of the pint and it was a little rough. Another flavorful beer from Founders.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
naivepegasus (352) - 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. It’s alright.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
b33r (717) - 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.


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