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RATINGS: 1759   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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3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Pours cloudy brown with a slight red tinge and a thin white head. The head disappears quickly and leaves a ring around the glass. Quite carbonated in appearance as well. Aroma is of plums, grapes, a touch of alcohol and a slight wood dusting. Initial flavor is of sharp alcohol with a touch of sweetness and a sour fruit finish. If I had to classify this beer I would say barley wine over old ale - it is overpowered by the alcohol in the taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Pours caramel brown with no head or lacing. Aroma is very caramelly with plenty of candied cherries and almond notes. Smells a bit like orgeat. Full bodied. Flavor is lacking a bit. The alcohol is apparent. Brown sugar and spices on the order of pumpkin pie, but not as good. This is good, but not enough going on for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Hazy burnt orange color with a foamy white head. As the description indicates, very reminiscent of a barley wine. Caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruits are at the forefront here. Sticky sweet with ever the faintest hint of vanilla oak, though I dont believe this one was actually oak aged. Smooth full body with a slick, completely booze-less finish. Another great brew from Founders.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2717) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Bottle. Moderate caramel for the malt, cooked orange for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with hints of dried fruit, bourbon and brown sugar. Head is small, wispy, off-white with some slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear amber/orange. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, slick in texture and has a soft carbonation and a dry and sticky finish. Perfectly balanced, this Old Ale is both rich and crisp, and the alcohol is fairly well hidden, which makes it pretty easy drinking.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Poured from a growler courtesy of Whole Foods, Richmond. Poured with very little head. Color is very opaque dark orange. Aroma is very sweet, high on molasses and burnt sugar; quite indicative of a barleywine. The taste is quite sweet up front with burnt caramel, molasses and a bit of hoppy bitterness. The alcohol is slightly noticeable on the exhale. A very well rounded old ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (6310) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Bottle. 12 oz. (2007 Vintage) Pours a sick, deep, opaque shiny brown with a one finger, thick, creamy tan head. Body is filled with snowflake chunks of pale sediment. The aroma is sneakily smooth and engaging; notes of vanilla, oak, roasted malts, buttery biscuits, bourbon, cream, toffee, and tons of caramel. Medium bodied with a gooey, round, sticky palate. The sweetness of the malts and bourbon really surface in the front, with a huge, warm boozy finish. This fucking beer is amazing. Just get a bottle and drink it. Its like a warm hug from an old, dear friend.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Very high ratings for this but I didnt like it much. It has a malty, strong taste. Kind of reminded me of cough syrup mixed with toffee. Copper-ish brown in color with very small head.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnMan (102) - Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2011
This beer has an interesting bitterness as well as caramel/toffee sweetness. I get some dark fruits, and hints of biscuit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (14284) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 21, 2011
bottle. Deep golden colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, bourbon, malt, fruit, sugar, bread. flavour is hop, sugar, alcohol, bourbon, bread, caramel. Powerful nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Poured from a 12oz bottle from Manny57. Pours an orange/amber color with white head. Aroma is toffee and pineapple? Taste is sweet but balanced with a nice bitterness in the end.


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