RATINGS: 1767   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7719) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2009
12-oz. Pours a nearly opaque blackish ebony. Thin but fairly dense creamy tannish head that doesnt stick around long at all. Light carb, heavy body. Cola and spice nose. A little thick and sticky drinkin. More cola, spice, and some cookie dough form the mid-palate. Decent effort. Kinda makes me thirsty for an Adam though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2009
I also finally got around to buying this. Pours amber with a thin off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, some booze, raisins?, and caramel. Good flavor, thick with the malt and booze sort of dominating. For an old ale I didnt imagine it would be 9.8%, but it is incredibly drinkable. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3218) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Tap @ Glass Nickels pre-GTMW party - Ive always seen this 4-pack sitting on the shelves but always found something else to buy. Finally got it on tap and wasnt disappointed. Poured a deep amber with no head. Smells sweet, malty, and boozy. The glassware wasnt the best, so it was hard to get the aroma off this one. Taste was caramel, smooth malt, and raisins. Sweet and syrupy, just like Id expect. I think Ill finally pick up that 4-pack for the cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear, somewhat hazed from a good amount of tiny particulate, red body with a brownish tint. Thin, beige head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty. Some buttered popcorn, ripe berries, melon, a light toffee, and a hint of bourbon and floral hop. Flavor is very rich and sweet, but not the fruity sweetness of the aroma. Creamy toffees, a buttery bourbon, a light wood, and some jelly bean fruits up front. A lightly bittered, somewhat resiny hop comes in as well as a light alcohol warmth. Finishes somewhat harsh with a slightly intensified woody bitterness and a sweet, creamy caramel and alcohol. Palate is full, very smooth, and somewhat chewy. Overall, a balanced beer for the most part. Sweet and malty with a bit of a harsh ending. I liked it though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (2029) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Bottle. Dark amber brown pour, little carbonation and a nice light whiskey and vanilla aroma. Flavor was also that of whiskey, malt, wood and finished with some alcohol heat and oaky. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
seta18 (12) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Tap, Reddish color ale. Old style beer, can taste the alcohol, it is a 9.8% beer, but it has the feel of a higher percentage. It has a very harsh flavor that comes with the traditional style that it is brewed in. Founders has impressed me with several beers before, however this is not my favorite style, but its merely personal preference not reflecting poorly on Founders.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Brick Store - This is what I would consider a dead on example of a beer made in a very traditional old style. This beer tastes aged for one, but it is also reminiscent of a very rough, unfinished style like it would have been made without advancements in technology. You can really smell the grains, and a large amount of heat from the alcohol. Thick and chewy, with some earthy woody notes. Very nice and unique

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 3, 2009
#490 for this beer,12oz bottle, courtesy of shawnm213, thanks man. Kind of a medium dark red color, some copper as well. The head was rather thin, a bit off-white in color. Sweet ripe fruits and a little caramelly maltiness, very rich. First off, this was pretty smooth initially, but it did have a pretty big alcohol bite on the tongue, slightly bitter, pretty good. (967)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6493) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Bottle. Muddy brown, like dirty river water. The aroma goes with that description -- exceptionally sour and dirty. Wow, this has a strong flavor -- like furniture polish. Exceptionally malty, and bordering on the sour, this is for the accustomed palate only. (#3625, 8/2/2009)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (10686) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2009
On tap at MBG Summer Festival. Poured a reddish hazy amber with a light brown head. Aroma was sweet throughout with barley notes. Began with sweet malts but dark notes as well as alcohol grew throughout. Quite thick on the tongue,

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