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RATINGS: 1767   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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holy (837) - GERMANY - JUN 5, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2012 Bottle shared after day two, sos... decent beer - not too overwhelming or bitter. Easy to drink.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark orange/red with a tiny white ring of head. Aroma of oranges, dark fruits, perfume, molasses - all quite subtle. Flavour very similar. some cardamom and English malts. Not very exciting. OK.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. A: Pours a burnt sienna color with huge, oily-looking chunks of sediment plopping down into the glass. That plus very little head means this is one ugly-ass beer - almost to the point where Im afraid to sip it. S: Quite strong with molasses, mint, and caramel, while darker fruits help augment the malt backbone. Pretty nice smelling, and a lot more promising than the look of the beer. T: The flavor is hard to describe. The first sip is loaded with caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, and a little finishing booze; a few sips later, the profile changes to that of slightly burnt pumpernickel bread. Not as sweet as I expected, probably due to the age of the bottle and the yeast eating some of the sugar - despite that, its still a bit cough syrup-y at times. Kind of boozy, also. Just a weird, strange beer, one that Im struggling to finish. M: Thickly textured, with tannins helping to neutralize the finish somewhat. Nice creaminess to start, before the body itself finishes slightly coarse and sticky. Rather boozy feeling on the throat in particular. O: Meh. In fairness, this is not a good late afternoon kind of beer, but I still found it rather mediocre despite that. A rare misfire from Founders, but its not completely irredeemable.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tfontana (836) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 3, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass. Aroma is mild bread, caramel. Appearance is mainly clear light brown with some large dark sediment floaters, huge sparkle, finger-width creamy beige head with poor retention and decent lacing. Taste is mellow sweet caramel and bread with perfect amount of oak to complement the flavors and take it to a whole new level. Palate is medium-to-full bodied with creamy texture and nice smooth finish. Overall, an understated aroma and unfortunate dark floaters but taste and mouthfeel really shine. Founders knows oak.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Bottle
Appearance: Dark orange/amber with nearly non-existent head
Aroma: Booze, vanilla, bourbon, mollasses, oak
Taste: Dark malts, vanilla, slight back of the palate tinge
Palate: Lively mouthfeel. Warming finish and aftertaste
Overall: The malt backbone stops well short of barleywine class, resulting in a really smooth, flavorful, warming beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (832) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2014
Clear copper brown, with a quickly vanishing head. Big aroma of burnt toffee, smoky wood and traces of umami and nut. Medium body. There is some fruity, orange peel barley wine like flavour in the background, sitting behind dark malts and strong caramel. Boozy finish. Powerful, complex, one to take seriously.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2015
12oz bottle. Pours copper bronze, minimal head. Sweet malt with a bit o hint of molasses sulfur aroma. Taste is sweet and beery. Not bad for malt liquor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBHansen (827) - Kge, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2015
Draught @ Taphouse w the CEO. Appearance: pours slightly hazy amber with ok off-white soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, toffee, oak, raisins, whisky and some dark fruits. palette: strong aroma, average carbonation, full body, average to distinct malt sweetness, average bitterness, medium to long duration and an oily texture. Overall: nice complex "strong" old ale

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Cranberry and apple aroma. Taste has noted of bitter berries, vanilla, wood and tart cherry. Finish is bitter cherry with a boozy afterglow.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkSanta410 (825) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2014
Bottle from Maltitude. Poured into a glass, appearance is dark amber with little brown head. Aroma is sweet blend of malts, with notes of caramel, maple syrup and brown sugar. Smells nice. Taste is very malty, again caramel malts, hints of molasses or maple syrup, some roasty / toasted notes as well. Slight bitterness, but not a huge hop profile detectable. Easy to drink. High ABV is not noticeable. Palate has low carbonation, robust mouthfeel. Not bad, a little too sweet for my taste.


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