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RATINGS: 1800   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.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

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3.5
Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2011
The beer pours pure amber, a bit clear with a small white head. The aroma is a bit light sticky sweet with some vague smoky booze. The flavor starts out light and bitter and then the light sweet but potent old ale flavor hits the palate. The body is nice, a bit syrupy but smooth with a light hot ending.

3.8
jw0406 (1275) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2011
12 oz pour from brick store pub. Pours a brown orange color with a small white head. Aromas of malt, alcohol and molasses. Surprisingly balanced beer.

3.7
keepersj12 (3117) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2011
Malty sweet aroma with some booze from a headless brown pour. The flavor is malt sweet up front with a nice hop balance to it. Very nice after taste and the alcohol is well hidden. Good one.

3.8
scottw86 (1177) - Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2011
Poured a brownish orange with a thin off-white head. Aroma has lots of scotch and honey. The alcohol is noticeable in the aroma. Taste is creamy with scotch, honey, and some candy. Slightly earthy with some good caramel malt flavors in the finish. Alcohol is not as noticeable as in the aroma. Overall very flavorful and tasty.

3.7
jsmerig (1590) - 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
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 it’s in. I’ll search this out again for sure.

4.1
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2011
As I’m 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 it’s 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
TheHopster (1111) - 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
sherm1016 (1274) - 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
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 !!!!!


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