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RATINGS: 1802   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.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

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1.9
JDBaker11058 (2336) - Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Appearance: smooth, syrupy caramel pour, with a tiny head that vanished quickly. Aroma: booze, sweet caramel and white grapes, raisins and spices. Taste: very rich malts, sweet syrup, dark fruits, pine, minerals, and wood. Finish: sharp, slightly bitter, and very strong alchohol. Notes: Not one of my favorites. Very similar to a barleywine, one of my least favorite styles. Clearly very well-done version of an old ale, just not my type.

3.8
edwardbass (858) - Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Nice malt, sweet, barrel aged aroma. Very malt sweet taste with a hint of wood and the alcohol taste is obvious. That kind of turns me of a bit. Not one of my favorites from Founders, but this is still tasty ale.

3.9
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2010
12oz bottle acquired in trade with xmarcnolanx. Poured a cloudy light amber/orange body that was almost still, yet had very good legs. Aromas ov VERY dark/ripe fruits, alcohol, malty sweetness and more alcohol. Flavors of medium malt sweetness, dark fruits, alcohol, toffee and a light hop finish. Soft carbonation and a thin to medium mouthfeel. a bit thinner than expected. I love the complex malts and depth of this one.

3.4
HonusWagner (2218) - Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2010
I think the unpleasant taste of the Hopzilla mitigated my enjoyment of this beer. I am hedging between previous tastes of this beer and the one I’m drinking now, because I doubt this beer has a notably spicy finish.

2.9
DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Smells of bourbon, corn syrup and fermented bananas with undertones of a wet dog. It’s a little hazy and reddish-copper in color. Taste is of alcohol and a bit of coconut. Starts sweet and ends bitter. Very bourbon-ish. Not a huge fan.

3.7
matthewjk (1124) - 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 that’s what you get with this one. Very close to being a barley wine style that I’m not usually happy with, but this was enjoyable. Probably because Founders is so good at what they do.

4
gpekar (497) - 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
yngwie (17186) - 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 there’s 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

4
Geokkjer (7643) - 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
gunnar (9466) - 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.....


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