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RATINGS: 1434   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1guywith_aboat (227) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - APR 9, 2014
Pours dark mahogany/ reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of rich malt, oak, sweet, toast, and a hint of alcohol. Flavors are molasses, oak, yeast, very rich malts, slight burn, some bitterness. Smooth full body. Extremely tasty beer.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mastelefish (86) - North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Pours an amber-brown with a thin white head. Smells of chocolate and caramel are strong at the nose. Has a medium-thick body, medium bitterness, and a pleasant chocolatety aftertaste. Definitely would recommend, but is on the stronger side.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ciaranc (875) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 31, 2014
330 ml bottle from Redmonds. Toffee coloured pour, clear, foamy off white head, doesnít last, settles to a residue. Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, oak, brandy in the aroma - extraordinary! Flavour is more of the same, sweet, luscious caramel, toffee notes, some alcohol warmth. Thick, lush mouthfeel. Very low carbonation, long complex finish. Wow.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tillmac62 (193) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2014
BOD 4/13/13. Pours a deep amber with a heavy deep dark ruby hue. Weak head and lacing due to the alcohol content. Heavy nose of dark malt (caramel), molasses and dark fruit sweetness over alcohol with bourbon and oak notes. Light carbonation. Almost full bodied with a nice smooth creamy texture. The complex flavor profile is well balanced. It begins with sweet dark fruit flavors (fig, plum and raisin) which flow into a significant bourbon element. As the bourbon fades, oak and vanilla present themselves over a molasses note. The finish is smooth and leaves you with a light alcohol burn and a touch of hops. This is the Olde Ale standard, IMHO. BOD 4/13/12. Similar head, but hazy with flocculants. The nose is similar, but quite subdued. Bourbon is the most prevalent while the dark fruits have receded. Same body and carbonation. Like the nose, flavors have also gone downhill. Age has decomplexed the flavor profile. While still outstanding, it just doesnít reach out and grab you. Everything is there, but in a subdued fashion and more of a blended presentation rather than a progression on the palate. On itís own, I would give the aged version a 4.1.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Bottle. Wow! This stuff is pretty damn good, and I had no idea that it was barrel aged till I read this decription and opened my bottle. ours a deep rusty color with a decent medium-light tan head with some decent retention that fades to a fine film. The aroma is filled with bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits,cocoanut, and some caramel malt. The flavor is another huge shot of bourbon, vanilla, and dark fruit...the way it was aged cartainly seems to dominate..though not too oaky...the sweet malt is ocming though as well. Nice body, a bit juicy over the tounge, but never watery nor syrupy...stays in a nice range of richness that makes fairly drinkable for the style. Low carbonation is a good thing in this case.. A great warming beer that isnít too heavy or sweet with the alcohol well hidden. Awesome for a night cap or dessert...Iím gonna have to get more of this stuff...Founders does it again.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Finishing up my little MI or almost MI brew sampling fest with myself. And on top of that, hitting 450 rating. Exciting. Pours a really thick syrupy looking hazy brownish. Nose is huge bourbon vanilla, with a cherry-appley bubblegum aroma that really makes this thing go. Flavor is again bourbony, with a terrific mix of fruits and vanilla. Overall, it goes down really smooth, even at 9.3%, with a really wonderful fruit-oak taste. Iím thinking on tap, just like its fellow Founder brews Breakfast stout and their Imperial Stout, on tap this is probably a 5.0. But in bottle, Iíll go 4.4. Founders is really doing some good tihngs, and I look foward to upcoming releases, and hopefully another brewpub stop.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2006
This is an incredible brew! Definitely borders on the Barleywine style--but I liked this even better. The Old Curmudgeon poured a deep brown with red highlights. The aroma was of sweet candied malts. The flavor followed that perfectly. There was just the right amount of hops in the back end to make this a very well rounded beer. One of my new favorites.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1418) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Beer pours murky reddish amber color with a mostly retained beige colored head. Aroma is quite rich rich oak and mild bourbon notes also a vinous aroma. Flavor is sweet with wet wood, a mellow vinous flavor and the alcohol is restrained for this ABV. Has some commonalities with one of my all time favs De Dolle Oerbier Reserva. Yummy.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
A musky glowing russet brown with a slim capping of tanned froth. Keeps a good collar with a few straggly branched arms of lace sticking across the glass. Astounding aroma of maple, honey, oak soaked bourbon. Heavy, heavy, inviting as hell, warm whiskey tone to this sucker. Wow. Wonderful. Smooth and warming with a good source of whiskey tones behind some maple, honey, vanilla, and white grape accents. Tenderly toasted malt background but huge in malted girth and warmth of gooey rich and thick caramel, maple, toffee, and minor fruityness all encompassed by one very nice powering warmth of whiskey oaken woodyness. No real finishing qualities however as it slides off the back end with an unwanted speed before the warmth sets in with just a slight backburst of crisp vanilla and left over whiskey wood. Feel is warm, and more warm, and more warm. Strange how some beers with more then 9.3% seem to have no omff while this screams it. Big, bold, and beautiful; rich, smooth, and full. The only set back is the forementioned finish which is escapingly ghostly and parting in a manner that throws a curve in its overall, powering presence. Be that as it may, that is what makes this quite a drinkable, dandy treat. For if it were all but power and strength, this would not be as easy to handle and may as well just be whiskey at that point. A very nice Old Ale. Fulfilling and dreamy.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale 12 oz bottle Bottled 03/05 (?), grouched over 10/06 Medium pour in a snifter Poured murky brown with a small beige fizzy quickly diminishing head and minimal ring of lacing. Smelt strongly of raisins, figs, brandy, and light tutti frutti. Taste was upfront strong sweet apple, candied fruits, figs and raisins, with a hint of spiciness, maybe cloves, followed by a moderate sweet sherry with hints of perfumey hops on an average finish that is reminiescent of dried apricots, with a light bitter grassy kick. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, silky, softly carbonated, and light cozy alcoholic warmth and slight astringency. Overall, the flavors and aroma are out of this world. The malt is showcased very admireably but well balanced. Very light feeling for such a strong abv. I want another!


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