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RATINGS: 1610   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MeadMe (1472) - Riverview, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2009
A: Pours a reddish brown hue with a thunderous head. Quite a few bubbles but very little lacing. S: Very big. Tons of malt, oak, bourbon, cherries and vanilla. You could pass this off for a very nice snifter of Bourbon. T: The smell defined the taste in this one. Tons of oak. Like fine barrel aged bourbon baby yet soo much more complex. Besides the oak the alcohol is present, there is also vanilla and chocolate candied covered cherries. Lovely Brew. M: Medium bodied yet clingy. Takes hold of my mouth and throat with the strong oakiness, and burns its way down.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Pour amber brown with a small tan head. Aroma is caramel, roasted malts, and toffee. Flavor is full of caramel with hints of chocolate, vanilla and wood with some hints of bitterness as well. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2009
A hazy light brown colored beer, with a small foamy beige head. The aroma of hops with some bitter. There is caramel and fruits. The taste of a lot of caramel with hops. There are hints of chocolate. It’s fruity with some spices. A little alcohol. The aftertaste is bitter with some sweet with spices.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bullit (4218) - Burgos, SPAIN - DEC 3, 2009
Draft at brewery. Orange colour, small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, sweet fruits, vanilla. Flavour of sweet caramel malts, fruits, vanilla. Well flavourd. Medium bodied. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12571) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazy ruby/orange color with no head. Rather malty aroma with something like mild hop. Full bodied with very little carbonation. Flavor is maybe a bit vanilla. It coats the mouth a bit. Medium dark dried fruits. Really smooth. Finishes really tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
benpickens (443) - Camarillo, California, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Pours a beautiful clear red with a light head and carbonation. Smells like Jack Daniels with oak notes. Obvious whisky notes with a dry finish. One of teh most interesting beers I’ve had - hard to believe it’s a beer and not a whisky!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (11206) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle. Oarnge color. Tiny chunks of yeast floating. Malty, slightly alcoholic aroma with dried fruit, brandy notes and grass. Full bodied. Malty flavor with raisin. Alcoholic and stony with vinous notes. Grapes, perfumed . Red berries. Earthy hops.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2009
tap at the coppermine...nose was caramel, malty sweet...flavor was sweet, dried fruits and candy...boozy but not overwhelming

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Pours medium brown, with dark ruby tinting. Minimal head forms and quickly dissipates. Lacing is thick and fairly sticky. Big malty sweetness. Slight buttery smell with a touch of vanilla. Somewhat bourbon or scotch like. Mild hints of dark fruits. Mild fusel alcohol. Big malts dominate here, also. Sweet and rich. Dark bread notes. Raisins. Nice caramel notes. Alcohol presence cuts the sweetness and offers a very nice amount of balance. Full flavored and not for the weak. For those who like scotch ales, or just plain scotch whiskey, for that matter, this is highly recommended. Thick, viscous and oily. This one definitely qualifies as ’chewey’. Yet still smooth. Very low carbonation levels. This one is a good example of why I like Old Ales so much. Also, why Founders is becoming one of my favorite breweries. So much of their line is just damn tasty. I could drink alot of these.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
bonk0076 (99) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Pours a brownish amber color, hazy, with a moderate head. Aroma is of hops, with citrus and fruity notes as well as molasses. Taste is very sweet - molasses and caramel, with a slight hint of pine. Fills the mouth with a full flavor. But offers a quick finish.


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