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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
Old Ale brewed with molasses and aged in Maple Syrup Bourbon Barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (1089) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Thanks to HisBoyElroy. Smells pretty hot. Initially has a smooth sipping taste. Very chill brew as it warms. I liked it but maybe was expecting more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2014 [Bottle / 1 year old] Deep amber tones with copper highlights, very nice clarity from top to bottom. The cap has an eggshell tint to it, lasting for a decent amount of time & leaving a little bit of lacing on its way down. Huge, robust aroma on this one; smooth bourbon, rustic oak, vanilla, mild black licorice, juicy dark fruit, booze-soaked figs & raisins, sweet toffee, molasses, & a wonderful kiss of maple syrup bringing up the rear. Strong, boozy, warming, & powerful. The taste has even more figs, raisins, & dates, soaked in bourbon & dipped in a brown sugar bath, drizzles with molasses & old maple syrup. Sticky toffee in the finish with a huge bourbon presence, plenty of oak, & a wonderful vanillin induction. Make no mistake - this is a HEAVY beer that seems even bigger than 11.9% ABV (even being one year old)... but I thought the flavors were on point, & this was just the improvement the regular Old Ale needed. Bravo!

[Bottle / 2 years old] Thanks, Josh! Glad to be able to try this again, to see how it is handling time. Still pretty potent, even for being two years old. Maple is definitely fading & a light bit of oxidation is setting in, but not quite enough to become a hindrance... yet. Slick toffee, bourbon, vanillins, oak, dark fruit, & the lightest hint of maple is left. Still a nice brew, but it’s definitely on a downward slope. Drink your bottles now!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Had this at a recent tasting. Another Founder’s offering I wasn’t impressed with.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fluffy (2241) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2014
wasnt a fan of this one. it was all brown sugar and maple syrup on the back end, killing any other flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (2348) - Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
I bought this bottle when it was released. And I held into it because i was new at the rare release game and I only landed one. People said it was ready to go at the time. A year later they said it was falling off and I still held onto it. Well now 2 years later and the consensus it it past it’s prime and I finally break it out. My take is that it tastes like curmudgeon. The regular one. Aged for a bit. Butter and toffee. Like a big butterscotch werthers in a barleywine. Pretty good but I don’t get any if the bourbon or maple that was probably there before

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThirstyBird (2514) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
Thanks Trevor! @RBBWG 2014. Pours a golden color with a small tan head. The smell is big caramel, maple syrup, rich fruit. Huge flavors, sweet and fruity flavor with caramel, dried fruit, oak and vanilla. Sweet and warming with some alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (7642) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2014
18/I/14 - 75cl bottle @ RBBWG III, my place - BB: n/a (2014-96) Thanks to Trevor for sharing the bottle!

Clear amber beer, lots of sediment, small aery irregular white head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: dried fruits, some rubber (?), chocolate, sugary, aniseed, liquorice. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: quite some chocolate, bit sweet, spicy, aniseed, malty, dried fruits, caramel, anise. Where does this anise flavour come from? It’s not in the regular Curmudgeon, right? Aftertaste: caramel, bit sweet, anise, dried fruits, some liquorish, vanilla, bit sweet, black liquorice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JefVerstraete (2677) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2014
@RBBWG 2014. Thanks Trevor! Amber colour. Low carbonation. Fruity aroma, caramel and bourbon. Very sweet. A bit unbalanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8789) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 20, 2014
33cl bouteille @ RBBWG III, thanks Trevor. Orangée, léger trouble, col beige fin. Arôme offre une certaine profondeur d’érable barrique avec des effluves de sirop légèrement sucrée, et un léger caramel. Palais est bien alcoolisé, malt et caramel, érable se note suffisamment pour ne pas être trop dominant. L’alcool est bien là avec ce petit ajout bourbon - boisé de chêne américain qui ajoute de fines notes vanillées. Garde un petit côté massepain venant d’une impression caramélisée des sucre du sirop d’érable. Qcq épices, le tout reste épais avec une touche sucrée en fin de bouche.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (7023) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2014
75 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBWG 2014. Courtesy of & thx! to Trevorjk. Drank as “Curmudgeon’s Better Half”. Hazy amber / orange, small white head. Quite some hops in the nose, very sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, milk chocolate. Taste is sweet vanilla, creamy, toffee, maple, vanilla oak, biscuit, sweet goodness, rich bourbon barrel, touch fruits. Solid body. Really good, clearly the better half indeed for me personally.

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