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RATINGS: 1777   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.
Editors Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

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3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsmerig (1548) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2011
Pours a rich orange/red. Good lacing. Aroma of spiced caramel. Taste starts rich and sweet followed by a subtle spicy bitterness and a lingering citrus flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - APR 11, 2011
Thanks to Sendsilk on BA for sharing this at the Funky Buddha. Has a light brownish color with a thin off white bubbly head. Aroma and flavor was sweet and malty. Nothing really jumped out at me but it was a good solid beer for the style that its in. Ill search this out again for sure.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2011
As Im mulling the fact that I will likely be snowed in tomorrow, I figured I may as well reach for something to hopefully warm me up. On a recent trip to Kansas City I was excited to find some Founders. I picked up a sixer of their Old Curmudgeon. This beer pours a deep orange to brown, and is apparently bottle conditioned. Who knew. (I did not). So the color is a little murky but I blame that more on my amateurish pour than anything else. Not a lot of head. Smells sweet, with dark molasses and brown sugar undertones. Taste is hefty, with a very very thick mouthfeel and clearly apparent alcohol level. The amount of hops present in the beer makes it taste almost like a Barleywine, as opposed to an Old Ale as it claims to be. Beer lends itself to meandering, as its more of a sipper than something you want to go back to. More of a "one and done" type to be enjoyed at the end of the night.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheHopster (1107) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2011
(bottle) Never a lack of flavor or substance from this brewer. This old ale takes on characteristics of whisky or bourbon barrel aging. Huge malt and hops complexity. Alcohol hidden within the rich flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1273) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2011
12oz bottle, bottled 02/10/10. Pours a dark amber color with almost no head. Aroma is fruity, malty, toffee. The body is somewhat syrup-like, with very little carbonation. Flavor is sweet, toffee, malt, a little carmel, with a mild bitter finish. Pretty easy drinking for 9.8%, and definitely a nice warmer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 1, 2011
in a trade with bofnjackson thx for this one !!!!!

head: thin creamy coloured , away fast
colour: amber/orange, hazy
smell: vanilla, pudding, sweet malts, raisins/dates ,dairy , very oaky , caramel, sweet , alcohol and a bit of hops , truely amazing !!
taste: start is malts, alcohol, vanilla beans, herbs , yeast , some bitterness created by the hops , slightly sweet irony taste, end is hopy hopy , dry with a grassy earthy sweet aftertaste , amazing !!!!! truely amazing !!!!!

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
chibuck (3511) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
On tap at Haymarket into a 4oz tasting glass...Pours a deep amber with orange notes, a decent tope head, looks good...The aroma is pretty good very sweet with lots of caramel, honey, spice and a little oak. Good start...The taste just doesnt translate, this is borderline horrible. Almost all bitter alcohol from start to finish, oak, and honey try to help out but they cant do enough. I had a hard time finishing this. I just cant believe how bad this is. Avoid for me.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - MAR 28, 2011
An amber/orange/copper color. Cannot see through this beer. Very small head that was an off white color. Probably due to the high alcohol content. Had some decent legs after each sip. A sweet nose of dried fruit. Some caramel and some nuttiness reminiscent of peanut butter fudge. Very nice. A few notes of alcohol. Similar to a brandy or wine. Very complex and very well balanced. A sweet molasses flavor combined with a caramel malt. Im also getting some dark fruit. Something similar to black cherries. The brandy type alcohol flavors are there, but they are not tart or overbearing. The nuttiness is not very prominent in the taste. Medium/full mouthfeel. Chewy. Somewhat smooth. A very nice bit of alcohol warmth all the way through. Nicely dry. Leaves more than enough on the palate. This is an excellent beer. Its a sipper, however and not conducive to a high drinkability standard. Very complex. This would go well on a cold night while reading a book. I, personally, would not want to have more than one of these at a time. It might put me on the floor.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yackery (168) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2011
12oz bottle pours a fast-dissolving head over a dark, hazy, rusty yellow body. Theres a bit of a creamy lacing that slickly slides down. Never has a punch in the nose with nuts been as lovely. Roast toffee. Woody. Taste is mildly bitter carrying the nose with finely-crafted balance. Palate is full, thick, and nutty. Carbonation is fizzy, And the finish is bitter nut. Not sticky but nicely clean.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Found another founders to try out as a one off. Know next to nothing about old ales besides that they are kind of like barley wine, but I think I might like them better after this. Perfect shiny clear amber brown color with no head. The aroma is a great malt punch of caramel and some burning paper, but also a sweet smell like a cherry lollipop. Scent of booze just touches underneath. The taste starts off as a quick chocolate but immediately goes into the caramel sweetness. Fades with a tiny taste of booze. Very smooth palate. A beer to take an hour with.


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