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RATINGS: 1794   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Another nice offering from Founders. Pours a cloudy yellow with a grapefruit pink hue. Aroma is slightly boozy, with some malt and a nice mix of fruits. Flavor is full of bananas and cherries, with a lot of malt throughout and a touch of apples and ice cream. Tastes similar to a banana split in beer form. Touches of raisins and yeast. A little too boozy on the back end, but otherwise very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2008
I like old ale style but lack of carbonation really limits this brew. Also it is a touch too sweet. I expected moe from Founders

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
likeatrainwreck (563) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2015
Pours deepest red copper with a shortlived off white head. Boozy aromas of sweet malt, plums, dried fruit, port... flavours follow suit, with oak, molasses... soft carbonation, and a thick, sweet body. Fine sipping ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Pours light brown with a fine white head. Aroma is mildly alcoholic and malty. Flavor is complex with a salty quality with a mild caramel sweetness and some light fruitiness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - SEP 14, 2009
Lightly chilled:Kasteel glass. Great looking dark orange/brown liquid. Small creamy,head. Very slow rising bubbles and nice,lacing. Overall earthy aroma. Caramel based aroma with wood,soil,light hops and tasteful alcohol. Texture is very soft,almost light,though this is a thick beer. Upfront caramel,wood,fruit,and soil. Before the finish is more wood,caramel,and a little alcohol on the sides of the mouth. Finish is long with light earthy hop,with strong caramel,wood,toast,and light alcohol. After opening up a bit,becomes a very well put together,mellow, but flavorful and interesting shot at the old ale style. Very Respectable

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Pours a rich amber color with lots of suspended particulates and small creamy off white head. Nose is sweet, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, bourbon and vanilla! Initial taste of bourbon, rich caramel and brown sugar. Malty, rich and smooth. Vanilla and dark fruits on the mid palate. Finishing with good hop balance, warming alcohol and palate duration. Good head retention and some spot lacing of the glass. Medium to full body.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LearninBeer (558) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2010
The aroma is a touch sweet, very light malt. Not enough aroma. Pours a cloudy copperorange, off white head, fully diminishing, little lacing. The flavor is a light sweet. The body is full, creamy, very good.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lele (556) - Padova, ITALY - OCT 15, 2014
Birra particolare e spettacolare. Il colore gi una particolarit: color ruggine, manto di volpe, tendente allarancione. Schiuma fine, poco spessa e poco persistente, di color giallo/arancione molto chiaro. Nellaroma si percepiscono chiarissime note liquorose, barricate nonch di succo di melagrana e di frutti rossi, leggermente aciduli. In bocca un capolavoro. Il liquore barricato ci che prevale: Porto, Grand Marnier, whiskey si sentono chiaramente. Il dolce del maltato predominante, ma alla fine del sorso si avvertono anche leggere note amaricanti e un leggerissimo salato, che rendono la bevuta ancora pi interessante. Pu essere paragonata anche ad una Barley wine, per il suo carattere liquoroso e "stagionato", avendo per delle sue note peculiari.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2007
2006 vintage. Courtesy of boboski, you are so my hero. The color reminds my of Fall in New England, a warm ochre, redolent of the turning leaves. Aroma is vanilla, maple, burnt orange and that wisp of whiskey. Flavor follows suit, but is a an impressive performance, high notes seem to be a a symphony of sweetness, some bitter orange undertones. The close is a heady bourbon flavor that is well integrated. I live for Old Ales, and this was a definite star.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Poured cloudy amber with a thin head. Malt and oak aroma. Oak and bourbon up front with notes of malt, vanillla caramel and some alcohol burn. Quite sweet.


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