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RATINGS: 1773   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (1089) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2010
A highly malted and sweet ale that I enjoyed. My preference would be to reduce the sweetness, but thats what you get with this one. Very close to being a barley wine style that Im not usually happy with, but this was enjoyable. Probably because Founders is so good at what they do.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gpekar (496) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Poured a hazy, rich, dark, orange amber with some bits of sediment suspended in the beer. There was a tall beige head at first, but it reduced to about 1/2" rather quickly and just a film eventually. There was a good caramel/toffee sweet aroma and just a hint of chocolate. The beer had a thick creamy texture with a good toffee flavor and a nice alcohol warmth upfront. The alcohol and hops leave a bit of a bite and the warmth lasts well into the finish. There is a nice bit of a bourbon flavor as well that comes through. Excellent beer!!!!!!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16760) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 9, 2010
Bottle. It pours a nice-looking pale copper color and a small, off-white head. Malty sweetness, caramel, some cloves and alcohol, and theres also a vanilla and woody touch of bourbon. Full-bodied, warming and pleasantly carbonated. The flavor has a distinct bourbon touch, with bread, caramel, quite a lot of sweetness, some raisins, a fine resiny bitterness, alcohol warmth, even more sweetness and a bitterness taking you towards the end. Sweet, slightly bitter finish. Overall, too sweet, but really lovely anyway. A bit heavy on the alcohol too, but definitely lovely. 101009

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Geokkjer (7502) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 9, 2010
Bottle.Pours chestnut with a small off-white head.Aroma of bread,rye,vanilla ,oak , alcohol and grains.Flavor is sweet and malty ,warming alcohol , firm bitterness and some nice oaky vanilla and tannins.Full body, soft carbonation.Very nice, complex and flavorful beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (8543) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 4, 2010
Bottle from Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam. Pours hazy red amber with a small fast diminishing beige head. Toffee and raisins aroma, not sweet but complex also some leather. Taste is dark malts with a moderate sweetness, chocolate and light roasted nuts. Almost chemical end, with a strong alcohol presence. I am perhaps too young to appreciate this beer.....

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Aromas of caramel and nuts, with alcohol. Appearance is dark reddish gold and a mall off white head. Taste is malty, caramel, and alcohol. Palate is thick, but good. Overall, not a bad version of the old ale style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (7757) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 24, 2010
355 ml bottle @ Konttori.
Pours a dark amber colour with a minimal beige head. Medium sweet on the nose with a fair amount of toffee, honey, caramel malts and rye. The taste is medium sweet with caramel malts, light hoppiness, citrus and barnyard notes. Medium bodied, slicky to oily mouthfeel and low carbonation. Alcohol coming through in the end. Decent old ale.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
foundersfan (30) - Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2010
What can i say, molasses and coffee and a boozy, tasty dark beer! Its a wonderful combo of all things sacred. DEFINATELY try this one if you like rich and meaty, but if you like mich ultra........ be VERY afraid of this one!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
b33r (867) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Nice amber color with no head. Weak aroma, just a little malty and light vinous notes. Extreme malty flavor makes this one okay.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (8535) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2010
Lovely colour, copper-red-brown and clear. Has a light creamcoloured head, mosty lasting. Aroma has clear notes of malt, crisp and nice. Flavor is nice and sweet, reveals clear noes of cocos af some wine-barrels, surprising pure notes of the bourbon. Creamy texture.


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