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RATINGS: 1774   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
SamTheBarrel (781) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - SEP 16, 2014
355ml 2014 years vintage brown bottle, label has nice artwork of a curmudgeon, poured into a snifter glass. Appearance is clear burgundy colored with a small beige head that dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing. Aroma of raisins, apricot marmalade, toffee and vanilla. Flavours of raisins, apricot marmalade, vanilla, toffee, caramel and oak wood notes. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. Palate is medium bodied, slightly sticky texture and soft carbonation. Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale is an exceptional Old Ale, balanced and with a well masked alcohol without being too sweet.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dnoaksson (781) - , SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2015
P etiketten sitter en vderbiten herre i ensamt majestt med sammanpressade kkar och ser purken ut. Och tur r vl det. Om han ppnade det dr svalget skulle ett omrde med en radie p allra minst tio meter frklaras hlsofarligt p grund av alkoholstanken. Drick med andra ord Founders Curmudgeon med stor frsiktighet, om du inte sjlv vill frvandlas till en inre sumpmark.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Bottle pours ruby orange with whitish head. Malty aroma with hints of fruit. Sweet taste with caramel, malts, fruits, kind of a candi sugar taste at times. Finish prolonged with dull hop bitterness but just mild enough to avoid becoming unpleasant. Alcohol well disguised. palate thick and at times a little syrupy and sticky. Overall a very nice barleywine/old ale.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (773) - HUNGARY - SEP 11, 2014
A Founders old ale stlusban kszlt főzete sznben borostyn, illatban szivrvnysznű. Az egyik kedvenc illatszerekezetem alapjaira pl, melyben megnyugtat egyveleget alkot egy brsonyos, marcipnos dessg, kevs vanlia pr csepp alkohollal, intenzv vajkaramella s egy rnyalatnyi tlgyfahords aroma sejtelmes kombincija; a felptmnyt mindenesetre az illatos koml s telt malta alkotta vz tartja egyben. Visszafogott sznsavtartalm, selymes testben cseppet sem meglepően visszakszn az előbbi kp, zhats tekintetben mintegy kt rszre osztva az lmnyt, melynek első felben a malts krmessg csemegeszerű zjegyeket produkl, a szirupossg hatrt el nem rő jellegt csodlhatjuk meg, ezt kveti aztn a karcos, de tartalommal teli utz, melyet a koml lestő hatsnak ksznhetnk. Voltakppen ez esetben is felismerni vljk egy barley wine-anya s india pale ale-apa hzassgnak gymlcst szemlyben, a kt stlust egyarnt kedvelőket teht semmikppen nem rheti csalds fogyasztsa sorn.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
samsmith33 (772) - - MAY 3, 2013
Musty, aroma reminds me of the smell of old peoples houses that I recall from collecting ad a paperboy. Great memories, terrible olfactories. App- Clear copper, small head, lasting lace. Taste- quite sour. Overly bitter and sour tastes make for a puckery feel. Endearing flavor, but takes a while to get into. Clean brew, but not smooth. After"feel" is pasta-starchy....like al dente spaghetti with no sauce. Not a success, but I am still a fan of founders.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
odinstyr (766) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Pours a clear red with barely any head. Smells of oak, dark breads, vanilla, hint of alcohol. Taste is sweet, mildly bitter - a lot of oak, vanilla, malty.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Draft at Capones: Poured an orange/reddish color with a small head. The aroma was sugary dark fruits. The flavor was raisins, grapes, plums and sweet malts which hides the alcohol well. Overall, an excellent beer by Founders.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikeyo1 (765) - Linkping, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2016
Bottle @ home.cellared for 18 months. Pours a beautiful red liquid with a medium-sized head. Aroma is intensively sweet and malty with loads of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, molasses, port wine, raisins leather, milk chocolate, hints of peat. Warming, big body with a smooth texture. Taste starts out with caramel, molasses, toffe, vanilla, leather, plums, raisins. Really good duration. It finishes slighly drier with milk chocolate, some clean maltiness and more dark fruits, earth and a balancing bitterness and alcohol.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
darbeer75 (764) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Aroma: faintly sweet and malty; Appearance: clear, dark brown with minimal head; Taste: smoothly bitter with sweet finish; some molassas, some booziness, oaky; Palate: full body with creamy texture, average carbonation with some lacing; flavorful finish; Overall: very complex and balanced; can actually taste the oakiness; intriguing flavor - different than most ales; a little twang that I cant place; would definitely buy again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maledictum (763) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - SEP 22, 2011
A strong aroma of caramel malt with hints of vanilla and oak greet the nose. The pour is a deep brown with reddish hues. There is no head. The flavor starts off with a caramel sweetness that grows with the flavors of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. An alcohol warming quality is noticible in the finish.


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