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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Cloudy amber with light head / Big, sweet, winey nose of coconut, caramel, and bourbon / Full body, thick and moderately syrupy, with superb balance and finish / Flavors of coconut, bourbon, caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, and oak / One hell of a brew - almost flawless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2008
I think this is one of the best beers I’ve ever had. It pours a dark ruby with an eggshell head. It’s aroma screams apricot, and raisins,with a hint of toffee. The flavor is reminiscent of it’s aroma, very dark and sweet. It really does taste like candy. Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
markwise (4425) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2009 Thanks to goryskewych for this 08 bottle. Yes, you’re going to think I am crazy for this rating, but this beer is a sucker punch of flavor. Amazing symphony of barrel and beer. Pours a hazy red-brown with a minimal white-ish head. Nose is brandy, spice, raisin, booze, toffee, ripe fruit, figs, plums, and all manner of goodness. Flavor gives chills... brandy, raisin, whiskey, overripe dark fruit, vanilla, and barrel. A mountain of sweetness, but not oversweet. This beer is like enjoying the company of an old friend. Medium-bodied and beautiful to look at and enjoy. Every sip brings remarks of "holy shit," but in a good way, not like Mbege. This beer lingers with malt sweetness before the flavor and beer are gone and I begin looking for another beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Emeister84 (867) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Aroma: some caramel, hints of alcohol, vanilla, cocoa, bourbon, bitter apricot, cream soda, moscato grape. Appearance: dark orange-red. Taste: somewhat sweet, bitter stone fruit. Palate: solid, medium-full body, rich and complex, light sweet lingering flavors.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Pours a dark caramel color with small head. Aroma of brown sugar. Sweet, smooth caramel malts, maple sweetness. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerKurve (488) - - MAY 15, 2013
Dark Hazy Orange all around. Has an aroma of oak, chocolate, caramel and citrus hops. Flavor is strong oak, caramel, citra-hops, caramel and a very strong malty backbone. Body is heavy but carbonation is light; Very very thick thanks to the molasses but a pleasure to drink! I think I may have found my new favorite beer from Founders!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tortman18 (183) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Very clear copper/amber. thin cap of mocha head that lingers. Moderate lacing and some carbonation. Aroma is very sweet and malty. The roasted malt has a slight nuttiness. Some sticky caramel. Mouth is Very oaky, a slight alcohol burn. Decent bitterness and hop presence. Hints of Caramel, plum, nutmeg and roasted malts. This was an Awesome beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fernans (33) - Rhode Island, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Rare air here. Shockingly smooth considering the high alcohol. Complex. Taste starts hints of cloves and earthy notes. The middle is honey. The end has a pleasent hoppy bitterness. Nothing over powers. Excellent!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
alethol (102) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2014
Really enjoyed this. Pours a murky amber with a good but smallish beige head. Rich aromas of vanilla, bourbon, malts, caramel. Complex. Taste is superb with sweetness perfectly balanced by the bitterness. Very smooth. Full body. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ismith87 (71) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2014
A - 4.25 - giant white fluffy head on this guy, kind of a copper, orange, brass but very clear color. Light for an old ale. S - 4.5 - Lots of sweet malt, dark fruits, caramel, oak barrels, chocolate, cookies T - 4.75 - oak, caramel, toffee, vanilla, cream, figs/raisins/dark fruits, lots of malt, mostly dark and breast, very complex, sweet booziness. M - 4.75 - pretty heavy. Alc is present but appropriate, aftertaste is breast malt, bitter, and dark fruits O - 4.75 - super intense beer. Took 2 to even comprehend the flavor. I’d love to see what old curmudgeon s better half tastes like!

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