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RATINGS: 1794   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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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.

4.3
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , 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

3.7
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5443) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1787) - 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 (2076) - 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.


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