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RATINGS: 1759   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slayer02348 (103) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Pours out an opaque clear reddish brown with very little head. Smell is sweet and of alcohol. Taste does not disappoint. Very sweet and smooth, easily drinkable and very good.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Strong brown sugar and caramel, some cardboard, some orange syrup liqueur. Rich caramel, thin white head. Seems beyond its prime. Orange peel and heat, little mildewy basement.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MPA (979) - Amager (form. Nrrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle. Murky amber with a beige head. Massive notes of cocoa, chocolate and caramel along with dark ripe fruits like dates, plums and figs. Also vanilla, cookie and baking spices. Sweet flavour of the aforementioned dark fruits and caramel with toasted malt, cocoa and a really solid bitterness to kick in at the end. The IBUs in this beer isnt apparent i aroma, which makes for a wonderfully complex beer that left me surprised, intrigued and wanting more. I can definitely recommend this.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CamdenD (1195) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 24, 2009
Up there with the Hair of the Dog Adam for old ales. Wonderful aroma full of booze and a bit of banana. Taste gets a bit thin but wow, still another fantastic beer from Founders.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7917) - Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2009
12oz bottle (2009) into a goblet. The pour is a rather clear amber/red that reminds me a bit of apple juice when held to the light. A very small amount of white head sits on top and fades almost immediately to a small ring. The aroma suggests the high alcohol content rather clearly and underneath there is some caramel and dark fruits. The flavor is much smoother (less alcohol hitting you right away) with caramel, bread, and woody tannins hanging subtly in the background. Pretty thick body with a medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10213) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2009
It is slightly hazy, dark red amber with a creamy head. The aroma is vinous with notes of wood, fruit, malt and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of wood, mango, raisin, light peach, apricot and lots of malt and caramel. The finish has a light, citrussy bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2009
355 ml bottle. Reddish brown colour. Crystal clear. Medium-sized white fine-laced head. Rich caramelly aroma with notes of bread and toffee. Aroma is very intense, and very enjoyable. Sharp hop bitterness on the tongue. This mixed with strong caramelly malt flavours. Body feels surprisingly light given the initial impressions. Alcohol is noticeable, but mostly giving a warming sensation. Finishes much lighter, both in flavour, bitterness and character. Overall a great beer. Would have been even better if it could have followed up after the initial explosion of flavour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2009
Red, brown colored brew. Nice sweet malty, oaky, vanilla aroma. Some bourbon, dried fruits. Flavor is balanced, vanilla, dried fruits, sweet malts, raisin and bourbon, Hoppy finish. Thick texture. Nice brew, very enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ContemplateBeer (2020) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Aroma of brown sugar, caramel and rum. Appearance was reddish brown with creamy tan head. Flavor matched the nose very well. Palate was bubbly. Good, but perhaps a bit overrated.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MeadMe (1620) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2009
A: Pours a reddish brown hue with a thunderous head. Quite a few bubbles but very little lacing. S: Very big. Tons of malt, oak, bourbon, cherries and vanilla. You could pass this off for a very nice snifter of Bourbon. T: The smell defined the taste in this one. Tons of oak. Like fine barrel aged bourbon baby yet soo much more complex. Besides the oak the alcohol is present, there is also vanilla and chocolate candied covered cherries. Lovely Brew. M: Medium bodied yet clingy. Takes hold of my mouth and throat with the strong oakiness, and burns its way down.


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