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96
style
RATINGS: 1768   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Bottle. Poured a dark amber color with a white head. Left plenty of lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma is sweetness. Caramel, toffee, and malts. Flavor is sweet, then tart. Very good, and very easy to drink even though a higher ABV. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Bottle... Poured amber/orange-ish with a thin, off-white head. Sweet and malt driven. Lots of oak, wood-like and vanilla flavors. Can taste some of the alcohol in the finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jesperhammer (4482) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2009
17-OCT-2009, bottle @home. Beautifull orange with dissappearing head. I put my nose in the glass, and thankfully it is just as anticipated:-) Wonderfull orange aroma, spicy, and bitter. Flavour is more of the same. Nice but low carbonation, and then the loooooong aftertaste that is just right in bitterness. Fantastic beer. Really well-made.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5457) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Pours a dark red/amber with small to non existant head. Caramel, toffee, sweet heavy malt, bread, honey, and a hint of vanilla. Good beer, lots of malt.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2009
From a bottle poured a dark amber color with a small head. Nice strong malty sweet flavor with a lingering finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Davetopay (53) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2009
This is about as near perfection as it gets. Fall is here, the air is cool, and the beer has backbone! MALT backbone. Balance is always the key when it comes to strong ales. Its so easy to over hop in an attempt to keep up with the aggressive malt flavors you find in these beers, but Founders is keeping things in line balancing the sweet, caramel, toasty, chocolatey, bready, toffee, and coffee notes with the earthy, spicy, and bitter flavor of the hops. It is a super smooth drinker and the almost 10% abv is so well hidden I didnt notice any of the usual phenolic notes you sometimes find in high gravity ales. I plan on stashing some of this in my "cellar" to see how it ages.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (5473) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2009
Bottled. Aroma has caramel, raisin, lots of hops/pine, bit dusty. Clear, red-brown coloured with an off-white, medium head. The taste is bitter, bit caramel sweetish and citric/piney. Some wine/wood tones. Lingering bitterness in aftertaste. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aaaaaaaaaah (64) - Warren, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Bottle. Small creamy light brown excellent lacing. Amber body with small particles. Solid one step toasted roasted initial flavor and a crisp finish. Heavy beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (8006) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2009
(Bottle, Monks Caf, Wallingatan, Stockholm) Reddish brown colour with brief, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of dried fruit, wild berries, caramel, earthy hops and a touch of oak wood. Malty taste with dried fruit, caramel, some chocolate and earthy, slightly citrussy hops. More than medium body, slightly vinous with some malt sweetness. Well balanced and tasty. Vey nice beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tessic (1077) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2009
This ale poured a dark orange colour with a quickly dissipating, light tan head. To the nose there are scents of ripe fruit, scotch, butter and rum. First taste is very smooth and creamy with a whisky/rum like flavour along with thick malt and butter flavour. The finish is thick and sweet with the bourbon flavour lasting throughout.


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