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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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4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gonzoforbeer (22) - Coram, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Wow.... Simply wow... Founders continues to impress... Well balanced flavorful and about as strong as you could want a beer with compromising and flavor... Mwwwa gotta love founders beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WABeerFiend (411) - - APR 26, 2017
Bottled 01.27.17. A: Typical barleywine apple cider quality. Syrup is there too. A: See through dark red body. T: Follows the nose. Molasses and slight oaky woodiness mix on the back end. P: Mostly smooth with a bit of oiliness. O: The acidic edge that you often find in barleywines/old ales seems softened by the sweetness of molasses. Its balanced too, which seems to be a Founders standard.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
meccahh69lol (125) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - APR 20, 2017
Normally I would expect a beer like this to be super saccharine syrupy and a punch in the face of alcohol. Surprisingly, this beer is somewhat light and almost like a barleywine. The aroma is pretty sweet, and the color is a nice dark red. The taste is oaky, coconut-y, but not without its hops and malty flavor. Overall a nice one! Good for getting home late and making garlic fries before watching Grace and Frankie (rightttt?) with your love.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iznogud (3626) - CROATIA - APR 16, 2017
Bottle, 355 ml, courtesy of JFK10000. Shared with him and Max. Pours copper to amber with beige head. Average to heavy malty, toffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, nutty. Moderate to heavy sweet with some light bitterness in finish. Medium to full bodied.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdrinker79 (2173) - Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2017
12 oz bottle- Pours hazy dark orange with a medium light tan head that retains. Aroma is vanilla, toffee, touch of oak. The taste is similar, oak, toffee, vanilla, raisins, dry bittering from a fair amount of hops. Solid beer, doesnt taste like almost 10% alcohol.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (3168) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - MAR 31, 2017
Bottle from January, 2016. Pours a clear copper with a finger of foam that lingers. Malty, bread-like nose with some faint pine. Some citrus and pine on the palate with a splash of molasses. Deep toffee, maple w/ a nice piney bitter finish. Really nice.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (2476) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 31, 2017
12 oz bottle, thanks brenn79. Aroma consists of vanilla, cinnamon, wet dog, vague fruitiness (apples?). Pours slightly hazy burnt orange with a one finger beige head that falls into a collar of big-bubbly foam fairly quick. Taste is lightly sweet and spicy with a bitter finish; flavors of the aroma with a touch of menthol/cough drop, a hint of wood. Has a somewhat lackluster aroma, but it has a really nice and unique flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedSox2004 (1840) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Amber/brown with a thick haze, smallish head with good retention and spotty lace. Aromas of molasses, brown sugar, caramel, maple, oak, vanilla and alcohol. Caramel, molasses and brown sugar sweetness dominate the flavor profile that includes a hint of earth and generous warming alcohol. Full body, minimal carbonation, viscous mouthfeel and a thick caramel/syrupy finish.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ffaoe (727) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2017
light malt aroma. red and clear in color with nice log lasting head. taste is initially richly of malt followed by oak flavor

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
demannu (459) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2017
Medium/full body. Taste is sweet with a ton of malt character up front. Alcohol is hidden well making this very drinkable for the abv. This brew just doesnt do it for me. Too malty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokestereo (350) - SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2017
Pour pitch dark copper with almost no head.Aroma; Molasses, dark dried fruits, caramel, brown sugar, raisins and minerals. Taste; Brown sugar. Caramel, dark dried fruits, brown sugar, raisin and malt.


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