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RATINGS: 1520   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
planky84 (2307) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2009
Bottle from Beermerchants.com. Pours an amber/brown with a gradually dissipating head which leaves a nice lacing on top. Aromas of toffee, caramel, citrus, demerara sugar. Flavours of toffee, licorice, malts, caramel, citrus notes. Nice throat warming feel. Finsihes sweet, malty and very hoppy.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Narnad (1485) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Pours a deep dense hazy red-amber color. No head but a few bubbles that make a white sparse film on top of the brew. Aroma has a light floral and citrus hops character, very heavy caramel nose, a lot of rich toasted malt (Vienna or Munich) that contributes to the overall fruity and sugary profile for the brew and a very smooth light alcohol note. Flavor starts with a rich toasted malt note, light orange citrus note with it finishing with a very sweet caramel candy and toffee flavors. The feeling of the beer is very dense with a heavy sugary feeling, a moderately high fine carbonation, lots of alcohol that is hidden pretty well and a light dry finish. Nice lacing on the glass from the thin film of the beer. A great long lasting flavor and the beer as a whole is very well done and follows the style superbly. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Skinnyviking (7491) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2009
Bottle. Low and quickly disappearing off-white fluffy head. Hazy red brown body. Sweet barley malt caramel fruity aroma. Heavily carbonated, high alcohol malty caramel fruity flavor with a fair amount of hops bitterness. Long bitter alcohol aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2013 Medium, bright orange in color with sediment in suspension, this old ale smells sweet and caramelized. English yeast blends well with the alcohol and malty sweetness in the nose, giving it a chewy, delicious aroma. It’s just as chewy in the mouth, soft and smooth, bready, with a flavor of slightly burnt malts. It has a great finish that’s light on alcohol, but still slightly stiff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
areyouinning (72) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Cloudy with the appearance of a red tinted cider, and very little carbonation or head. Slow foamy legs, high viscosity. Aroma similar to apple cider with cinnamon. Very smooth mouthfeel, with excellent aftertaste. Alcohol nicely disguised. Note of cloves in aroma and taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Defreni (2735) - Husum, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2009
Flaske: Så fik jeg da bestemt en af dem der var lagret i bourbon fade. Ellers god duft og en flot mørkerød farve. Smagen er dog domineret af bourbon og der er ikke så meget at bakke denne smag op med. Bestemt drikbar men alt for endimensionel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2009
12 oz. bottle - pours brown-amber with slight off-white head; stale, mild sugar aromas; lemons and candy canes; body is clear and thin, almost juice-like; flat and syrupy; flavors of belgian candy sugars; musky, oak and fruity; smooth going down and could see being better fresh; a little thin for my liking

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Pours a murky dark chestnut brown color with a slightly yellowish jaundiced looking hues with a thin beige head that quickly disappears leaving no lacing. Very earthy, swampy aroma with a little bit of creek water and old boot. Slight chocolate maltiness with subtle hops and a sweet alcohol presence which is very strong. Again, the flavor is very earthy and leathery with a strong sweet alcohol presence, leathery maltiness, subtle hops, slight chocolate, brown sugar and dirt. There’s also a strange vegetable presence with is quite unpleasant and a dirty bitter finish. This was quite a disappointment for me especially since I love pretty much everything from Founders and enjoy the occasional old ale. I will have to revisit again in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sunevdj (3339) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2009
Pours a clear red amber with a smallish off-white head. Smells of bourbon, coconut and perfume. Quite sweet with aromas of caramel, coconut and bourbon. Tiny alcoholic hints. Full bodied. Sticky, slightly oily mouthfeel. Stron, sweet and dry finish with a touch of alcohol warmth. Good.

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