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RATINGS: 1784   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 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
S_Side_Smitty (764) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Pours brown with a small light tan head. Aroma is malts and maple syrup.taste is nice. Sweet syrupy malts up front, chalk in the middle, and a significant bitterness in the finish. Flavors, though not overly specific, are balanced and blended well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Percy0103 (763) - MEXICO - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle, 355ml. A clear ruby beer with a medium size white foamy head and some lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, spices, malt, alcohol and something that reminds me of white chocolate. Taste is bitter with a strong sweet double aftertaste. Some carbonation and astringency. Aftertaste reminds me of caramel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2008
12oz fresh stubby. Pours a dark orange, Barleywine-esque color, with a steady but small off white head. Hazy, muddy color. Aroma is surprisingly unique and interesting. Very floral, potpourri noticeable. A sudden memory smacks me as I smell this. Something very distinct, very singular jumps out. I try very hard to pinpoint it. Sushi? Wasabi? No. Blue cheese. Distinctly blue cheese. Stilton, Roquefort. Crazy how accurate that descriptor is right now. Pungent and cheesy. Also some dark/red fruit aromas, similar to a Flanders Red are apparent though subtle. Taste is similar to the aroma, though sweetness is very muted. This tastes a little young, not from apparent alcohol but it seems muted, non-complex; it needs to open up a little and I think age will do the trick. Very clean and the alcohol is very well hidden, especially for the ABV and age. Mouthfeel is silky and smooth, bitterness is very low. This is nice and I cant wait to see what some time does for it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bjakk (756) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - APR 26, 2016
Redbronze, clear, with yellow coarse foam. Malt, molassis, and alcohol in the aroma. Malt, caramel, alcohol, raisins, with alcoholic aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Bottled on 04/19/2012. 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. A - Dark red body. Slightly hazy with some sediment and slime rolling into the glass in the last ounce. One finger off white head settles into a thin cap. Great lacing and retention with alcoholic legs. S - Molasses, toffee, oak, brown sugar, plums, and a touch of vanilla. A bit harsh with some alcohol notes but incredibly sweet and inviting. T - Strong toffee notes with some molasses, brown sugar, and caramelized dark fruit sweetness. Smooth with some oak and vanilla on the end. Boozy warmth with a lasting malt bitterness. M - Low carbonation. Body is lightly syrupy and big on the booze. O - Excellent aroma and a great taste, but the booze creeps up fast and becomes a bit too much. Some aging would do wonders on this beer, but at a few months old its not terribly impressive. I do prefer Old Stock to this.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Whiskey cider aroma. murky sienna beer with no head. whiskey malt honey cider coriander moms spice rack old saltyballs and fruity flavors. lasting tasy finish. superb.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coachd (747) - Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2014
The aroma is hard to place - sort of like a scotch ale with its maltiness, but a little more spicy. Pours a great amber color with a surprisingly large off white head that takes a while to dissipate. The taste is malty but not sweet, instead bitter with some boozy undertones. Very drinkable for 9.8% ABV. Call me crazy, but I found it to taste like an imperial IPA crossed with a coffee stout. I dont always like oak aging, but it really comes across nicely in this one, enhancing the aftertaste considerably. The palate was slick with a bitter and slightly oaky finish that lasts until your next sip. I was reluctant to try this because it says it is similar to a barleywine, which I am not a fan of. The barleywine characteristics in this one are slight, and overall its a must try. Founders, you have impressed me once again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brian60625 (746) - Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2012
12 ounce pour at the Founders Brewery. Amber color bordering on red with a good dose of palate sizzle. Raisins, figs, and that sort of fig-newton dipped in whiskey flavor. In other words, it has that fruit-alcohol presence and while it tastes strong fisted, its not nearly as strong as youd expect from a 9.8 abv. Its not necessarily my favorite from Founders, but its high quality nonetheless.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2010
12oz bottled 2/14/09. A year old and its the first Founders Ive seen with a twist-off cap, as they are new here in Georgia. Pours amber/copper/brown with a very small off-white head that maintains only a ring on the ege. Laves some spots of lacing. Looks like a barleywine. Aroma is sugary sweet, caramel malts, spiced, vanilla, dark fruits, some bread and yeast, along with a healthy dose of alcohol. Alcohol is better hidden in the flavor that starts with sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, a lot of brown sugar, vanilla, a touch of fruit, bread, chocolate and spice. Mouthfeel is full and silky, low to medium carbonation, more carbonation than a typical barleywine. This is very good, I want to age some but the twist offs make me leary.


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