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RATINGS: 1768   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
__Rb81 (722) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle at home (bottled 04/13/12). Pours a hazy amber with no head. Sweet aroma of honey, fruit, and some alcohol, bit bourbonny. Also quite a sweet taste with a warming alcohol feel. Bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Really nice (dessert) beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gururyan (720) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Poured from bottle into snifter, little to no head, clear deep ruby orange in color, boozy aroma. Definately tastes like most old/strong ales I've had with a smokey and sweet touch. Not bad, not chuggable, should come with a cigar. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle Courtesy of Juart. Pours a dark hazy murky brown with no head to speak of. A little rimming. Aroma is a rich sweet toffee with a decent oaky bourbon nose. A little chocolate covered fruit too. Sweet flavor. Almost an almond joy. Definite presence of the oak and bourbon with some vanilla and caramel. A nice fruity balance with all of the deep flavors. Body is rich and leaves a good aged scotch flavor.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2010 Pours a muddy brown with sediment in the glass. The head was dense and lasted for a spell but eventually faded but never failed to leave attractive lacing behind. The aroma is wonderful and complex. Full of sweet candied sugars, plums, vanilla, oak, prunes, and caramel. This has a very rich aroma making this a very enjoyable smelling beer. Rather heavy mouthfeel coats the palate well. Initially, flavors of sweet plums and prunes are notable. The taste then changes to brown sugar and light spice like cinnamon. More complexity provides butter and butterscotch and a sweet lingering finish. Fantastic!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
akoeninger (714) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Picked up this beer in a 4 pack on a whim. Ive always been satisfied by my experiences with Founders brewery and this was no exception. This old ale pours an enticing red amber hue with minimal head and a slight haze. The smell is sweet with hints of bourbon, its quite a treat to smell this beer. The taste follows the aroma, full of sweet malt, alcohol, bourbon, and syrup. This was a surprisingly good beer, I havent had too many old ales before, but if this is any indicator, it is definitely a style I will be exploring more.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Cloudy orange/copper color with a small head. No retention. Aroma of bourbon, brown sugar and vanilla. Taste has a little dark fruit along with the sweet brown sugar, bourbon and vanilla. Also some sourness throughout, maybe close to peaches. Just a little warm. Very nice.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikesaum (711) - Newark, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2011
pours a dark amber with small off white head. aroma is faint but my nose may not be working right at the moment. the molasses comes through alot in the taste very malty with some hops, but you really gotta look for them. good brew and my first from founders, not sure it was worth the 14 dollars for a four pack, but worth trying atleast once.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Bottle - Pours a dark amber. Very minimal white head. Strong spicy aroma of cloves. Sweet malty caramel flavor with strong alcohol notes in the background. Very smooth and drinkable. Medium palate. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. A strong offering from Founders

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
darbeer75 (707) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2009
Low head on an amber brown body. This is an excellent beer ! Well balanced, savoury, not too strong, this brew has it all ! It is welle suited for all seasons. A real pleasure !


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