RATINGS: 1786   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (12257) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
12 oz bottle. Bottled 2/10/10. Pours into my snifter a beautiful clear reddish orange with a creamy ivory head that lasts for a good amount of time before slowly receding and leaving some nice lacing. The smell is luscoius. There is tons of caramel and butterscotch. It is also earthy with a touch of hops. There is also a stark dark fruit scent. It is a very luxurious looking and smelling beer. The taste isnt as good as the other two but it is very good. It is alot more bitter than expected with a nice hop bite. The malt is here too and it is almost cloyingly sweet. There is an abundance of caramel on the palate. The mouthfeel is thick but has a nice, smooth carbonation, it is slightly cloying but not overly form the sugar and alcohol. The alcohol in this one isnt perfectly hidden but it works well and makes this one feel like a strong barleywine going down. Overall it is one beautiful looking and beautifully scented brew, the taste is good but not spectacular. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-12-2010 21:51:54

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekstedt (6669) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2011
Bottle (35 cl) from the Cracked Kettle. Shady mahogny, medium brief off-white head. Rich malty aroma with toffee, dried fruits, raisins and figs, and some vanilla oak notes, and some toasted notes as well. Medium bodied and velvetly smooth. Well balanced, fairly dry with soft bitterness. Really good, but I would have preferred even more discrete oak notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2011
I really liked this one. It gave me a buzz and tickled my tongue. Hoppy and strong. Nice copper color and decent head. Sediments were floating around and I wanted another for the road oh wait 9.8 a yes sir!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Pours copper with a lot of floaties suspended in there. No head. Aroma is sweet - vanilla, those pink candy peanuts, and dark fruit. Taste is the same with buttery notes and and nice metallic hoppy finish. Tastes like a barley wine really. Alcohal is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is thick sticky and syrupy. A thick heavey beer that is good, but not the kind of thing I would drink regularly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Poured a very dark brown with a very thin head. Nose is sweet malt and some faint dark fruit. Tatse is very nutty, malty and surprisingly sweet. Drinkable and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vignale (3641) - Malm, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2011
Brnstensfrgad, med jstfllningar. Liten doft av st malt, marsipan och mogna sta pplen. Smakmssigt lik en engelsk barley wine men med mer beska. Mycket sta toner frn malten av kola, marsipan och ppelkompott.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Pours a cloudy almost mahogany. Aroma is of caramely nuty malt. Light bitter taste to start with a sweet finish. Medium body, medium finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dfonorow (2212) - 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.

   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.

   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.

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