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RATINGS: 1768   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1748) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBaboon (2021) - FINLAND - NOV 7, 2010
355ml bottle emptied into a 41cl snifter. Amber colour with almost no head at all. Little floaties inside the glass. Aroma of sweet malts, chocolate, caramel, vanilla and berries. Spicy and sweet in the mouth. Just a little bit of yeast. Caramel and vanilla.

4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MacDouglass (88) - Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Aroma: being as the rating guide indicates that "aroma is one of a beers most complex features," I wish I were better at rating an aroma, unfortunately, even with the appropriate glassware, I had tremendous difficulty getting any strong whaft whatsoever, only subtle sweet, it is as if this beer holds in its aroma in exchange for its wonderfully complex taste; Appearance: hazy, light brown bordering on tan, looks rather unfiltered, thin tan head on pour that quickly dissipates; Taste: just fantastic, right off the bat, it reminded me of the Chimay series, but I think this one has a better balance between the up front sweetness and the bitterness that lingers on the palate only after the swallow, also, it is easy to pull out the bready, more doughy actually, aspect that the malt gives it; Palate: as said, the bitterness lingers in a wondeful way, it hides and waits its turn, in no way getting in the way of the sweetness and maltiness that you get to enjoy with each swallow; Overall: this beer is wonderful, as my first beer from Founders, I must say I am absolutely impressed, after inspecting the ratings given to several other Founders offerings, I am eager to give this line of brews more attention, find a curmudgeon and share a draught of this fine beer with him!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rores1985 (9) - USA - NOV 4, 2010 does not count
A beer of good quality, however not one to my personal taste. The sweetness is way too aggressive for me to the point that it would be hard for me to finish even just one glass.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2010
I poured a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. There, it sat virtually still in its opaque reddish glory, obscured by a number of floaties and raising a tiny head that dissipated almost immediately. The aroma is sweet with brown sugar, grade b maple syrup, and aged wood. The flavor follows suit, with an overpowering and complex sweetness that fades into a mildly bitter finish. The texture is sweet, viscous, almost syrupy, but the body is lighter than those notes imply, making it drinkable despite the high alcohol content. Im not a great fan of old ales, but this is a great old ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Capa (2954) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2010
Dark orange with a thin head. Aroma of dark ripe fruit, booze, sweet malts, light citrus, caramel malt. Full bodied. The alcohol burns the tongue as it goes down. Sweet caramel malt, deep, ripe fruit, light wood, and some bright fruit, too. Finishes with hot alcohol. While the booze is pretty intense the full flavor of this beer makes it really a great brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2010
12 oz bottle
Like a true curmudgeon this sat stubbornly in the back of the fridge for the better part of a year. Finally while cleaning out old stock I decided to give it a shot. Once again Founders has done a great job with a style that would be all too easy to go over the top with. The result is an above average old ale that exemplifies many of the traits that set apart the best from those where people just went by the book.

Aroma / Appearance - Caramel / mahogany liquid oozed from the bottle into the glass like a river of warm syrup. A nice white head was like a sheet of icing over a rich decadent brownie. Chocolate brownies with heavy caramel glaze mingled with the smell of a fresh carton of hardcover books waiting to be shelved. There is enough depth and heaviness that the booziness is no surprise but it doesnt overwhelm at all.

Flavor / Palate - Caramel chews, rich chocolate creme pie, and dried pine cones interact well. Next come figs and maple along with a heavy malt presence. Finally the dry finish warms the throat like standing near a fire on a cold winter day. Solid and well balanced this has everything you would expect to find in an old ale. If there were more of these in the cellar I wouldnt be disappointed. Perhaps I will pick some up the next time it hits store shelves.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RFWobbly (10) - Buford, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Wow did I ever enjoy this ale! A thin head on top of one of the richest tastes of smokey caramel. At first I thought the flavor was sorghum due to the slight sweetness. Very thick on the pallet. It was like a liquid Snickers bar, with the same after taste as brandy. I would have guessed the alcohol was higher due to this. Beautiful tawny brown color with lots of suspended sediment. Definitely one to look up if you enjoy sweet brown ales.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BAMF (78) - Albion, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2010
A slightly sediment amber with a very thin head. Aroma is of toffee not so much caramel with the ever slight smell of chocolate. Taste Toffee with jumping hop taste mixed with malt finishes with a hop spicy alcohol taste. Overall with a syrupy mouth feel it is a wonderful beer and Founders pumps out nothing but the best.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2010
sampled on tap, poured dark with tan head. Aroma is toasted biscuit malt with a little carmel and toffee but mainly roasty toasty. Taste is very bitter with a strong bitterness. Body is medium to full with a thick feel.


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