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RATINGS: 1791   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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4.5
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2009
12 oz bottle purchased at Chuck’s Liquor in Bowling Green. I believe that this must be a 2006 bottle, because this beer was full of bourbon notes. Poured a clear amber color with a two finger cream colored head. The aroma was strong with bourbon. The flavor was vanilla and bourbon, with a caramel malt background. The palate was perfect on this one. The alcohol was well hidden, the mouthfeel was chewy and creamy, and the carbonation was soft/mild. This was an absolutely excellent brew.

4.5
njmoons (59) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Poured a golden red, with a nice head that dissipated slowly. An exceptional looking beer. Smell of quality Ale yeast with apple, dark cherry notes and a hint of vanilla. Taste was just what i am looking for in an Old Ale, malty ale with hints of dark cherry and apple. These flavors are present at the start remain through the middle of the sip. The ale finishes with a light alcohol burn and a typically ale tartness. I found this highly drinkable for a high alcohol beer, and could have easily had a second.

4.5
fiulijn (20993) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2009
UPDATED: APR 10, 2011 2010-07-12, 8-5-9-4-17=43
Hazy amber color; small head. The aroma is less interesting than the first time, the flavor is as rich as I remembered: sweet caramel and toffee, strong vanilla; without being thick, the sugars are sticky on the lips; and strong final bitterness, a bit woody.

2009-08-31, bottle at Monk’s Café, Wallingatan, 9-5-9-4-18=45
Red amber color; small creamy head. Extremely rich aroma, malt caramel and vanilla oak. Strong body, rich caramel and malt flavor, perfectioned by the vanilla and the hops. Truly enjoyable.

4.5
jesperhammer (4826) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2009
17-OCT-2009, bottle @home. Beautifull orange with dissappearing head. I put my nose in the glass, and thankfully it is just as anticipated:-) Wonderfull orange aroma, spicy, and bitter. Flavour is more of the same. Nice but low carbonation, and then the loooooong aftertaste that is just right in bitterness. Fantastic beer. Really well-made.

4.5
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Poured from bottle into Snifter. Slightly hazy dark amber-brown, almost has a pinkish-red tint in the light. Thin head, slight lacing. Sweet and malty aroma - dark fruits (plum?, raisins?) and bourbon. Some alcohol and English hops detected. Sweet malt goodness. Caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, plum and raisins with a slight English hop counterbalance, which is most noteworthy on the aftertaste. After warming more, I swear I tasted coconut. Low carbonation, with a full, smooth, slightly chewy body. Nice warming effect. Another good sipping beer from Founders, who continues to impress me. Watch out Bell’s!

4.5
Noudsch (69) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2010
Low carbonation. Dark amber color. Fruity sweet aroma. Fruity tase. Aged in wooden barrels. Bourbon I guess. Nice bitter aftertaste.

4.5
foundersfan (30) - Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2010
What can i say, molasses and coffee and a boozy, tasty dark beer! Its a wonderful combo of all things sacred. DEFINATELY try this one if you like rich and meaty, but if you like mich ultra........ be VERY afraid of this one!

4.5
RFWobbly (10) - Buford, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Wow did I ever enjoy this ale! A thin head on top of one of the richest tastes of smokey caramel. At first I thought the flavor was sorghum due to the slight sweetness. Very thick on the pallet. It was like a liquid Snickers bar, with the same after taste as brandy. I would have guessed the alcohol was higher due to this. Beautiful tawny brown color with lots of suspended sediment. Definitely one to look up if you enjoy sweet brown ales.

4.5
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Pours a deep but clear ruby-amber with a gentle 1/2" head. Aroma is rich caramel, bread, nuts, chocolate, and a minor spicy hop note, smells like a slightly amped-up Dirty Bastard. Taste is dark fruit, caramel, a hint of chocolate, and a long satisfying alcohol warmth. The taste really lingers in your mouth for a while... kinda wish I was drinking this in the dead of winter but I guess I’ll just save a few bottles for that purpose! Body is delightful--medium/heavy body with a creamy texture and just enough carbonation to make each sip froth up and go down oh so smooth. Overall, a fantastic malt-centered ale that I believe will age with the utmost of grace.

4.5
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 31, 2012
Bottle, 12oz, bottled 2009. Pours a dark amber with a beige head. Smells of candi sugar, spice, caramel, prune juice, and definite bourbon with plenty of malt. Tastes of a heavy sweetness, a lot of fruitiness, some coconut, vanilla, a mild bitter and some tartness. Texture is superbly creamy. Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Finishes with a mild salty tartness. Delightful.


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