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RATINGS: 1372   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Murky auburn red, a scant white head leaves a few spots of lace. Strong malty aroma, raisins and spice an first, turning to grain husks and dust as the beer opens up. Flavor similar, malty, doughy, sweet and spicy. When cold, there was a slightly off medicinal bitter element. With warmth, this fades, and the beer becomes increasingly bready, and earthy, husky, crusty cereal elements are the chief impressions. Medium to full bodied, lively on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Bottle. Pours mahogany, red, with a very little thin white head. Aroma is strong caramel, peat, alcohol. Flavor is smooth, caramel, rye, alcohol is hidden well, also a little hint of chocolate, toffee, bread. Excellent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (1976) - USA - NOV 30, 2008
A bottle of this came to me courtesy of my cousin. Pungent floral aroma, with malty sweetness and a hint of citrus. Interesting label - one of Founder’s old geezers series. This is a very malty ale (in a good way) - rich and sweet, with light hops in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinusStick (2814) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2008
A nice and delicious old ale. This HAS to also be bourbon barrel aged. That’s all you can taste. Aroma was nice. Vanilla and bourbon with not much else. Pour was a deep murky light brown with a thin tan film for a head. Taste was strong bourbon, wood and vanilla taste with warm caramel and a sweet malty finish. No carbonation at all (basically flat). I usually don’t like flat beers, but the great flavor in this one makes it a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2008
12 oz. Mahogany colored pour with a thin and sticky yellowish head. Hugely malty aroma of caramel, toffee, honey, with oak and vanilla prevalent also. Spiced backdrop, apple pie, faint resiny hops. I think they could have called this a scotch ale just as easily as an old ale. The flavor isn’t as nice as the aroma - woody, vanilla, caramel. Alcohol is very well hidden, long bitter and burnt sugar like finish. Barely there sweetness. Seltzer like bubbles, medium bodied. Really close to being excellent, but still very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2008
pours a nice reddish brown, with minimal head that sticks around for what little there is, and leaves just a bit of lacing. smells of spicy candied sugar with light notes of wood and just barely a hint of piney hops with cotton candy malt/hops combo. a very small whiff of alcohol, as well. tastes way "smoother" than i expected. the malt is considerably more subdued, with the woody notes coming out a bit more, and maybe a smoky note, and tiny little berry esters that wanted to be there in the smell (see: cotton candy), but couldn’t find the room. the hops seem a bit grassier in the taste, and are more prevalent. finishes lightly bittersweet; sort of like a belgian strong dark on the palate, instead of an old ale or barleywine. even a touch dry. fully creamy yet oily (does that make sense?) mouthfeel. i like it. lightly carbonated. the body makes up most of the mouthfeel, but there is a light bubbliness lingering there somewhere. pretty damn good. a bit less sweet and more drinkable than old ales that i’m used to. not necessarily the brew you’d like to drink while sitting at a fireplace smoking a cigar. very tasty, though!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30674) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2008
12 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy brown with a fully gone head. Mild spiced and hoppy aroma. Sweet caramel malty flavoured with a light bitterness coming through. Mild caramel note. Lingering hoppy and caramel malty, dense, into the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a copper/amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of malt, caramel, vanilla, bitter fruit, and a very strong alcohol presence. Taste is malt, caramel, raisins, vanilla, all soaked in a nice woody bourbon flavor. Lingering caramel taste. Nice warming booze feel. Couple more of these brews and I’d wake up naked on the front lawn again. Surprisingly drinkable, despite the booziness. This is the perfect beer for a cold winter night or a bitter divorce.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4291) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Pours deep, clear copper into a snifter. Head quickly recedes to hug rim. Bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol aromas. Upfront full, syrupy oak turning boozy bourbon in the lasting finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Pours a murky reddish orange with a creamy off-white head that lingers as a thin cap for quite a while and leaves good lacing. The aroma is heavy on sweet caramel malts and dark sweet fruits. There is definitely a wood and bourbon presence but not overpowering. There are some floral hops up front as well. The taste is boozier than the aroma with lots of bourbon and oak throughout. The flavor has the sweetness of the caramel malts and molasses but it takes a back seat to the barrel character. The mouthfeel is crazy smooth but with good carbonation. Just coats the mouth wonderfully. This is an interesting old ale and I think it would have been even better for me without the overpowering barrel presence in the taste. Nonetheless, a good sipper.

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