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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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Pour amber brown with a small tan head. Aroma is caramel, roasted malts, and toffee. Flavor is full of caramel with hints of chocolate, vanilla and wood with some hints of bitterness as well. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTeusink (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Midway put on a 2012 keg in celebration of ACBW. I have a couple at home, but they are destined for a trade. Pours brown with decent head and fabulous lacing. Smell is more grassy than I would have expected. The sweet molasses flavor carries much of the weight for this old ale. My own conventional wisdom figured the palate would be thick and viscous, but it had lively carbonation. Good beer, a little sweet for my hoppy American sensibilities. Draft - Midway Pub - Atlanta, GA

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2008
A good Old Ale from Founders. compares somewhat to Third Coast, but has a more fruity finish to it...not so much hoppy.....have to see how the rest of the bottles age in comparison to the first.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigbish (697) - California, USA - JUL 28, 2011
This is a fantastic old ale. Lots of malts, Carmel, a touch of toasty flavors. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
njager246 (697) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle. Thanks Eric! Copper with a little head after poor.. smooth with hints of oak and molasses... great beer!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
agent_persik (695) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 30, 2014
Clean copper color, small beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel, vanilla, whiskey, dried fruits, spices. Sweet bitter taste has similar notes. Medium body and soft carbonation, warming touch of alcohol. Complex and interesting ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Certainly a musty dusty vibe which gives credence to the old ale term, but this cardboardy yeasty brew has a unique dusty honeyed touch which is rather unique and appealing. A meaty, brothy brew to imbibe, this guy has the makings of a nice afterdinner warmer, which provides both a candied, medicinal touch as well as an oaky vineous landscape. A nice brew for sure and a nice drinking experience as well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DWestrick (692) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2015
bottle. very intense beer. Not familiar with "old style" - but reminded me a lot of a barleywine. Quite good

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tillmac62 (689) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2014
BOD 4/13/13. Pours a deep amber with a heavy deep dark ruby hue. Weak head and lacing due to the alcohol content. Heavy nose of dark malt (caramel), molasses and dark fruit sweetness over alcohol with bourbon and oak notes. Light carbonation. Almost full bodied with a nice smooth creamy texture. The complex flavor profile is well balanced. It begins with sweet dark fruit flavors (fig, plum and raisin) which flow into a significant bourbon element. As the bourbon fades, oak and vanilla present themselves over a molasses note. The finish is smooth and leaves you with a light alcohol burn and a touch of hops. This is the Olde Ale standard, IMHO. BOD 4/13/12. Similar head, but hazy with flocculants. The nose is similar, but quite subdued. Bourbon is the most prevalent while the dark fruits have receded. Same body and carbonation. Like the nose, flavors have also gone downhill. Age has decomplexed the flavor profile. While still outstanding, it just doesnt reach out and grab you. Everything is there, but in a subdued fashion and more of a blended presentation rather than a progression on the palate. On its own, I would give the aged version a 4.1.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malty_MacHops (688) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Rich malt aromas of brown sugar, dark fruit, and a touch of a vinous quality. Brown to deep brown with not head. Sweet malt with earthy hop presence. Full bodied with a long sweet vinous finish.


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