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RATINGS: 1683   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (3047) - New York, USA - JUN 28, 2010
World Cup Beer tasting at Lazy Boy Saloon Beer #5. Pours a deep brown with a small creamy head. Has roasted malt flavor, with butter and some bitterness. Its slightly boozy and finishes dry. My favorite of the first 5 tasters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - JUN 25, 2010
Bottle. A hazy medium to dark amber beer with an average sized, frothy, lacing, mostly diminishing beige head. The aroma is moderately malty and lightly hoppy with notes of caramel, dark fruits, citrus, alcohol. The flavour is heavily sweet, lightly sour, lightky bitter. Very sweet, but not overly sticky, just a little bit. Syrupy mouthfeel. Medium to full body, average carbonation, very long finish with medium bitterness, moderately alcoholic. A nice old ale/barley wine, a bit too sticky/syrupy to be fully enjoyable for my liking, but overall an appreciable balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RoscoeJackson (372) - Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2010
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011 rerated 4/16/2011. 3.7 ---> 3.7 .... one thing stood out to me tonight... perfume.. smelled and tasted perfumy. this was a drinkable beer but it had an odd aftertaste. subtract that aftertaste and you’d have a decent looking beer that was lacking in overall oomph.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2010 Bottle. 12 oz. (2007 Vintage) Split with Vin. Pours a sick, deep, opaque shiny brown with a one finger, thick, creamy tan head. Body is filled with snowflake chunks of pale sediment. The aroma is sneakily smooth and engaging; notes of vanilla, oak, roasted malts, buttery biscuits, bourbon, cream, toffee, and tons of caramel. Medium bodied with a gooey, round, sticky palate. The sweetness of the malts and bourbon really surface in the front, with a huge, warm boozy finish. This fucking beer is amazing. Just get a bottle and drink it. It’s like a warm hug from an old, dear friend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (12142) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2010
Bottle thanks to Alex. Pours reddish amber with almost no head. Nose is cherry, oak and medicine. Taste follows suit but is quite pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (6943) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2010
Big beigeish head. Deep red body with yeast fragments. Strong raisiny malty smoky aroma with meaty linoleum notes. Dry-sweet malty smoky meaty taste with roasty cinnamon and chocolate notes. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Full-bodied. Sweet grassy roasty malty aftertaste with spicy cinnamon notes. Excellent! Dangerously harmonic and drinkable. (0.33l bottle, I forget from where.)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cakes (402) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2010
16 oz glass. Old style ale. Slight head, bitter taste. Amber brown. 9.80% ABV Relatively low carbonation meant there was less than a thin cap of head. The aroma is very malt based, sweet with a honeyish background and just a bit of hops present here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Bottle, pours a hazy amber w/ a resilient rimy head, light aroma of raisins and rum, sweet and juicy w/ a hop bitterness that cuts in like a blade and finishes in a large wave, smooth, delicious, and unique, another stellar offering from Founders

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2706) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Orange beer with a soapy looking head, not a lot of retention. Very malty sweet nose, cookies, butterscotch, a bit earthy. Grainy mouthfeel with lots happening at once. A bit of a boozy feel, thick, powerful, some balance to it, but almost a bit overpowering. I still liked it however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (4211) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Bottle at Tampa Tasting 26 May: Poured a orange copper color with light head. Aroma is fermented fruit and malt. Taste is a sweet boozy fruit and malt, very similar to a barleywine.

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