RATINGS: 1767   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1327) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Draft at Blind Tiger. This pours a cloudy, dark orange color and topped a smooth head of beige colored foam that shows good retention and leaves some small spots of lace around the glass. The aroma shows notes of dark and citrus fruits, sweet toffee and caramel malts, vanilla, and some balancing citrus and floral hop bitterness. The flavors follow suit and show a nice balanced between the sweet toffee and caramel and the bitterness from the citrus and floral hops. Citrus fruits and oaky vanilla smooth things out and tie everything together nicely. Nearly full bodied, smooth and creamy on the palate with balanced carbonation to go with the floral hop bitterness on the finish. This is a nice tasting old ale, and another solid beer from Founders.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LearninBeer (512) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2010
The aroma is a touch sweet, very light malt. Not enough aroma. Pours a cloudy copperorange, off white head, fully diminishing, little lacing. The flavor is a light sweet. The body is full, creamy, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2010 Pours a muddy brown with sediment in the glass. The head was dense and lasted for a spell but eventually faded but never failed to leave attractive lacing behind. The aroma is wonderful and complex. Full of sweet candied sugars, plums, vanilla, oak, prunes, and caramel. This has a very rich aroma making this a very enjoyable smelling beer. Rather heavy mouthfeel coats the palate well. Initially, flavors of sweet plums and prunes are notable. The taste then changes to brown sugar and light spice like cinnamon. More complexity provides butter and butterscotch and a sweet lingering finish. Fantastic!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
JohnnyMummbles (151) - Pitman, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Poured from a 12oz bottle a rich red ale with a tight tan head. Aroma was a bit sweet but somewhat nice...then I tasted it and had to spit it out! Horrible sweat and undrinkable. I do not know how this has a high rating because I love a good beer and this was staight up NASTY! Will never buy or reccoment this beer to anyone I know.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Appearance: rich polished burnished and slightly worn mahogany hues. A touch cloudy. A small khaki head quickly retreats into a thin film with a thin collar. Swirls with dotty lace and nothing else.
Nose: sweet, spicy, malty, woody, ohmy. Toffee, cinnamon, and maple melt and mingle along with chocolate sticks and cinnamon coated raisins. Spice and heat of bourbon and wood married in tantalizing harmony. Candy apples. Fudge hits last with flighty intentions. Nutmeg. Dark breads.
Palate: while the nose sounds disjointed, like his palate all flavors were spot on and unique while also working together in exquisite tastiness. Sweet up front, full and soft in the middle, then spiced and dry and boozy in the finish. Toffee, maple, brown sugar, chocolate, cinnamon, and nutmeg melt and mingle and tease. Bourbon vanilla sweetness soothes and smoothes, lingering as gentle warmth after each quaff. Chocolate and fudge underneath; subtle. Sticky lips. Spice tickles breath. Bourbon and vanilla also mingle with candied apples still warm from their dip into melted caramel.
Final Thoughts: wow and wow. Give me Old Curmudgeon or give me deathok, maybe not death cause then I couldnt taste any more brews, but dang! That was tasty! And just the right size too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Pours a dark copper with a nice white head. The aroma is that of dark and tart fruits mixed with sweet malt. The taste is quite sweet with a little bit of bread. A bit of the fruity sweetness as well. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very nice, and becomes a lovely sipper as it warms up. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-05-2009

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2010
12oz btl. Pours a clear copper with a minimal white head. Great unique aroma of strong dark fruit, caramel malt and spice. Huge dark fruit notes and candied caramel sweetness. Has a nice spice laden hoppiness towards the end and a kind of boozy finish.Smooth fruit and candy sweetness. Another solid founders brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5351) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 22, 2010
12oz bottle. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, and strong hops. Flavor about the same and very thick texture. A great beer like most founders beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2010
aroma is alcohol and fruit. moderately cloudy appearance with stuff floating around. deceptively smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1747) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: burnt umber/mahogany color. Very hazy, mud-like. pinkie-size head. This is why I say appearance is a rather arbitrary aspect.

AROMA: plenty of dark fruit and rich syrup.

TASTE: Very robust beer with a dark fruit basket palate covered in caramel, toffee and butterscotch. Rich and sticky to be sure, but its not a sugary, candy-like sweetness. Becomes more bitter as it warms. Oh-so-subtle alcohol presence holds everything together and doesnt overshadow the palate.

MOUTHFEEL: tepid, but bitter and intense. Bitter aftertaste increases as it warms. Might want to drink this a little cooler than you might expect.

DRINKABILITY: The first half of the glass is borderline chuggable, the second half is sips only. Finishes remarkable clean considering how sticky and intense it is in the mouth.

OVERALL: This would more accurately be classified as a barleywine than an old ale. Very tasty and surprisingly drinkable. Ugly complexion, though.

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