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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wiedrzensky (823) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 20, 2015
Shared bottle. Pours is dark hazy amber with small head that lasts only for a while. Aroma of caramel, malts, yeast, light biscuity. Solid malty base, light sweet, light bitter, caramel mouthfeel. Heavy body, oily to creamy texture, soft carbonation, light bitter finish. Nice aroma, superb taste, overally awesomely ballanced beer, recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Finishing up my little MI or almost MI brew sampling fest with myself. And on top of that, hitting 450 rating. Exciting. Pours a really thick syrupy looking hazy brownish. Nose is huge bourbon vanilla, with a cherry-appley bubblegum aroma that really makes this thing go. Flavor is again bourbony, with a terrific mix of fruits and vanilla. Overall, it goes down really smooth, even at 9.3%, with a really wonderful fruit-oak taste. Im thinking on tap, just like its fellow Founder brews Breakfast stout and their Imperial Stout, on tap this is probably a 5.0. But in bottle, Ill go 4.4. Founders is really doing some good tihngs, and I look foward to upcoming releases, and hopefully another brewpub stop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Copper-ish color. Nice-sized head, average retention, and thin, inconsistent rings of lacing. Smells like whiskey, brandy, or rum - and chocolate, of all things, along with the accompanying molasses. Maybe some fruit and cake, too. Well, that sure is different. Taste: mega boozy malt bomb. Oak. Very tart! Nose burns after first taste. Second taste: similarly potent. Also noticing lots of acid. Says it has the sweetness of a barleywine, but its not that heavy-bodied despite everything else going on. Wow. Definitely not having an entire bottle of this tonight. A small pour is more than enough. Some neat things going on here, but its all rather over-the-top. Recommended, but with plenty of caution. My eyes are even watering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattH (814) - California, USA - OCT 11, 2016
Twelve ounce bottle from Bottles N Bins in Monterey, Ca for 3.29. Light amber pour with a lot of carbonation bubbles visible. Aroma is molasses. Flavor is sweet and includes molasses and malt. I did not get any oak character. Pretty easy to drink considering the 9.8 abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Pours a medium amber brown with a short tan head. It has a great malty, woody aroma and a flavor of rich malt and oak with a slightly hoppy backbone and rich finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edwardbass (808) - Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Nice malt, sweet, barrel aged aroma. Very malt sweet taste with a hint of wood and the alcohol taste is obvious. That kind of turns me of a bit. Not one of my favorites from Founders, but this is still tasty ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zenkis (807) - Ogre, LATVIA - MAY 15, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2013 First impression - thats how old ale should be to me. Pours deep amber reddish, cloudy with little peaces of yeast all around. Head is little, beige, no lacing. Taste is sweet malty profile with almost no bitter; overall dry palette, at the beginning spicy, later just yeasty astringent ( a bit reminds me Mikkeller/Lervig Double Eye PA). Palate - above medium body, thick texture, long light dry finish. A bit reminds me of Belgian style yeasty strong ales, like dubbels but not dark malt flavor. Enjoyed every sap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bricktop86 (807) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Pours clear light brown with a white head. Aroma is Aroma of dark fruits, roast, and molasses. Taste follows nose

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Padron4KM (807) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2015
12 oz bottle.
Medium amber, with a creamy tan head and sticky lace.
Sweet, rich, malty aroma, with caramel and toffee, a little raisin, and some mild hops. Smells like an aged barley-wine.
Flavor is sweet caramel, brown sugar, spicy hops. ABV is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Bottle. This was the 2006 version which has clearly been bourbon barrel aged. It pours with a copper color and a medium head. Aromas of bourbon and malts, flavors of bourbon, and caramel, somewhat sweet but not overly so. Fairly complex wiht a nice mouthfeel, excellent.

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