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RATINGS: 1799   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.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

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TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Found another founders to try out as a one off. Know next to nothing about old ales besides that they are kind of like barley wine, but I think I might like them better after this. Perfect shiny clear amber brown color with no head. The aroma is a great malt punch of caramel and some burning paper, but also a sweet smell like a cherry lollipop. Scent of booze just touches underneath. The taste starts off as a quick chocolate but immediately goes into the caramel sweetness. Fades with a tiny taste of booze. Very smooth palate. A beer to take an hour with.

2.3
Brandon1989 (655) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Pours a slightly hazy reddish copper color with a medium sized frothy off white head. The aroma is sweet roasted malts, brown sugar, alcohol. The taste is predominately malts and the alcohol is very noticeable.

3.2
Kingi (654) - - AUG 11, 2016
Muddy brown, tan head. Aroma has a bit of alcohol, raisin, caramel, bread. Taste is medium sweetness, lightly bitter, alcohol. Finish is mostly alcohol warmth.medium body, sticky, average carbonation. Maybe just not my style. Alcohol feel ruins the otherwise pleasant notes.

3.3
rosskyle (653) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2015
Deep Amber red color. Very little head. Sweet alcohol aroma. Very smooth texture with a clean finish. Carbonation initially hits the front of the tongue. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 Now this is a ale to rave about 12 oz. bottle bought in 2008 no date so i went to founders web site and it read cellered for 2 years so that makes it 2006 when brewed, aged in bourbon barrels and explains the nose and flavor of this beast a cousin of the barley wine.pour was deep copper in color and hazy with floaterswith a nose of bourbon,malts and fruits taste was of of sweet malted grains,oaked bourbon and a mild hop accent balened to perfection fantastic beer

3.4
cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Two beers in a row where the consensus seems off by a few points. No head to speak of. Dark whatever color (not black or totally opaque). Aroma of mild, faint musty junkyard. Flavor very fruity something. Could be any number of fruits you could have fun guessing at with this one. Blueberry? Raspberry? Fig? Date? Plum? Very sweet in any case. Very smooth palate. Deserves some points for being interesting/distinctive. Technically it comes out at a 7/10 but I’d give it a 7.5 on the subjective scale.

Back to back with Immort Ale or a similarly suitable barley wine, this will get you sufficiently lit.
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3.7
OminouSC2 (646) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2016
Hazy amber color. Aroma has yeast, spice and some hops. Dominated by a malty taste, it has a nice layer of sweet caramel and a slight bitter hoppy finish. Well balanced.

3.8
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2008
12 oz. Mahogany colored pour with a thin and sticky yellowish head. Hugely malty aroma of caramel, toffee, honey, with oak and vanilla prevalent also. Spiced backdrop, apple pie, faint resiny hops. I think they could have called this a scotch ale just as easily as an old ale. The flavor isn’t as nice as the aroma - woody, vanilla, caramel. Alcohol is very well hidden, long bitter and burnt sugar like finish. Barely there sweetness. Seltzer like bubbles, medium bodied. Really close to being excellent, but still very good.

4.2
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2010
2009 bottle, courtesy of drowland, pours a deep amber, deep and malt,sweet, little to no hops. Very nice.

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dambor (645) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 27, 2016
Pours dark ruby with small head. Aroma: malty, molasses, wood, marzipan, a touch of vanilla (from the barrel?). Taste: very pleasant woody taste, counterbalanced with malty sweetness, leather, raisins and a decisive, hoppy palate, coupled with warming alcohol. Great.


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