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RATINGS: 1793   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Notes from 12/24/2010 12 oz. bottle from Binnys Beverage Depot, Chicago Ar: Toffee, deep date notes. Light alcohol seems to be present as well. Ap: Pours hazy deep orange-amber with 1/2" light tan head. Decent lace. T: Pit fruit sweetness up front brings dates to mind. Bitterness on finish almost keeps it from being cloying, as does the mild alcohol burn. P: Chewy, thick, sticky body. Medium carbonation. O: Good winter warmer. The richness of these beers can be a bit much for me without huge amounts of hop bitterness, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2010
This pours an amber-copper color with a decent sized off-white head. Not much left on top. The aroma shows sherry, toffee, caramel, plums, and cherries. Very Barleywine like. The flavor is like a smooth sherry or rum with a lot of sweet toffee. Red licorice and cherries contribute. This does flirt with being too sweet but some slightly bitter grapefruit hops help keep that in check. Very smooth, no alcohol burn, and pretty easy going down. This isnt a stand out but it is pretty solid stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (16706) - DENMARK - DEC 18, 2010
355 ml bottle. Dark amber/brown with small beige head. Flavour is malt, sweet, fruit, caramel and smoke.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2010
2009 bottle, courtesy of drowland, pours a deep amber, deep and malt,sweet, little to no hops. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Pours a cloudy orange color. Nearly no head to be seen upon pouring. Smell is sweet and malty, nothing to particular. Taste is as it smells, with a little bit of booze. Drinkable with just enough complexity to make it enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2857) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2010
Rich amber/cider color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted/woody malt, vanilla, & dark fruit; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, oak, caramel, molasses, vanilla, dark fruit (notably plums), hops, and spice; Slight alcohol at the finish; Nicely balanced & complex; Overall, well done - I enjoyed it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1459) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LearninBeer (556) - 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.

4
   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!

1.3
   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.


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