RATINGS: 1794   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2010
On draft. This was a very thick beer with a high alcohol content. I enjoyed it very much while sipping it for a long time. I had to throw back the last 1/4 of the pint and it was a little rough. Another flavorful beer from Founders.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 17, 2010
Bottle @ Beertemple. Dark orange brownish pour, medium off white head. Aroma is fruity, whisky, sugar, overall quite sweet. Flavour is liquorice bitterness, coffee, mokka, caramel, quite sweet overall. Lingering slowly to some bitterness and back to sweet. Nice but too sweet for me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2012 Bottle. Poured a clear reddish orange with no head although some lace was left behind. Aroma was of a lot of malts, some caramel, maybe some acidulated? Subtle sweet aroma from the malts, some fruit (raisins?), and some heat from the alcohol. Light carbonation led to a a full and oily mouthfeel. Nice finish, an extremely smooth and lasting bitterness. This seemed like a mellowed out barley wine to me, very nice indeed. The near 10% alcohol fooled me. Not my favorite style but I enjoyed this one. Update: This has become one of my all time favorite beers. Its delicate and robust at the same time. So smooth its not fair. One of the best crafted ales I have come across since I began this journey. Top shelf. Yes, this is my favorite beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (4170) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2010
This is something of an English barleywine, Id say, though it has a striking spice presence despite the fact that I dont believe any spices were added. It look plain in the glass, orange in color w/ a slight haze and a small head. The nose begins w/ an unfortunate metallic note which covers to some extent an overall very interesting cotton candy and cinnamon spice note. The taste, though, is quite lovely, sweet and fruity, complex and again w/ many warm spice notes. Its just a little sticky on the palate which suits the style in the case w/ mild carbonation an djust a hint of alcohol burn. That whiff of metal up front is a real downer. Otherwise, this beer would be a winner through and through. Instead, it is just a nice strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUL 10, 2010
Beautiful reddish copper body with a small off-white head that leaves great lace. The aroma is beautiful with malty sweetness, some biscuit bread action, and some dark sweet fruits. The flavor is the same, and very good. A bit spicier and almost a bit of a pumpkin character. Great medium to full body on the palate with soft carbonation. Overall: a very solid interesting and well done beer. The alcohol has a definite presence, but it isnt bad. The warming quality is quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2010
thick & malty. sweet caramel, light grape notes. nothing overly complex or challenging. enjoyed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Bottle - Pours a dark amber. Very minimal white head. Strong spicy aroma of cloves. Sweet malty caramel flavor with strong alcohol notes in the background. Very smooth and drinkable. Medium palate. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. A strong offering from Founders

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
djredpop (101) - Downriver, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Aroma: Fruity esters and alcohol / extract. App: Clear tarnished penny with short-lived cream-colored head. Taste: Caramel, raisins, figs, yeast, alcohol, and something like whiskey / bourbon. Low carbonation. Flat, oily mouthfeel. Medium-heavy body. Sweet alcoholic finish. Warms the innards. Not my favorite style, but a good example of the type. Ill bet its wonderful in January.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianprentiss (700) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 1, 2010
tremendous, very syrupy and thick. like candy, abv his pretty hard, had from bottle on trade

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Pours amber with a quick, fine, light brown head. Nose is very sweet and fruity. Taste is mostly a sweet, semi-citrusy malt with a touch of alcohol and hops on the backside. Finish is sweet and a little oily. Solid beer.

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