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RATINGS: 1632   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.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   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 (3741) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - OCT 19, 2008
On tap at Crunchy’s in East Lansing. Got the 25 oz., red beer with little head. Couldn’t isolate many aromas at all, possibly partly the fault of being in a bar. Very sweet and sticky, flavors of cherry and raspberry, alcohol well-hidden, slightly bitter. Deserves a re-rate when not in a bar, and possibly with some aging.

   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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Bottle from Pailheadenstein. Murky brown colored, no real head formation and no lacing left. Aroma is kind of pleasant to me. Full malty, bits of molasses and fruit. Full bodied with a very low carbonation level. Very sweet tasting, tons of residual sugars are left in this one. Alcohol is pretty up front, I didn’t pick up much bourbon notes in aroma or flavor with this, not that that is bad. Decent, alcohol is a bit overbearing, could use a touch more carbonation but decent.

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