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RATINGS: 1741   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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3976) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2010
This is something of an English barleywine, Iíd say, though it has a striking spice presence despite the fact that I donít believe any spices were added. It look plain in the glass, orange in color w/ a slight haze and a small head. The nose begins w/ an unfortunate metallic note which covers to some extent an overall very interesting cotton candy and cinnamon spice note. The taste, though, is quite lovely, sweet and fruity, complex and again w/ many warm spice notes. Itís just a little sticky on the palate which suits the style in the case w/ mild carbonation an djust a hint of alcohol burn. That whiff of metal up front is a real downer. Otherwise, this beer would be a winner through and through. Instead, it is just a nice strong ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUL 10, 2010
Beautiful reddish copper body with a small off-white head that leaves great lace. The aroma is beautiful with malty sweetness, some biscuit bread action, and some dark sweet fruits. The flavor is the same, and very good. A bit spicier and almost a bit of a pumpkin character. Great medium to full body on the palate with soft carbonation. Overall: a very solid interesting and well done beer. The alcohol has a definite presence, but it isnít bad. The warming quality is quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2010
thick & malty. sweet caramel, light grape notes. nothing overly complex or challenging. enjoyed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wmubronco1992 (695) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2010
Bottle - Pours a dark amber. Very minimal white head. Strong spicy aroma of cloves. Sweet malty caramel flavor with strong alcohol notes in the background. Very smooth and drinkable. Medium palate. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. A strong offering from Founders

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
djredpop (101) - Downriver, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Aroma: Fruity esters and alcohol / extract. App: Clear tarnished penny with short-lived cream-colored head. Taste: Caramel, raisins, figs, yeast, alcohol, and something like whiskey / bourbon. Low carbonation. Flat, oily mouthfeel. Medium-heavy body. Sweet alcoholic finish. Warms the innards. Not my favorite style, but a good example of the type. Iíll bet itís wonderful in January.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianprentiss (693) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 1, 2010
tremendous, very syrupy and thick. like candy, abv his pretty hard, had from bottle on trade

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Pours amber with a quick, fine, light brown head. Nose is very sweet and fruity. Taste is mostly a sweet, semi-citrusy malt with a touch of alcohol and hops on the backside. Finish is sweet and a little oily. Solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Dark copper pour with a lively white foamy froth. The aroma is very reminiscent of a nice hoppy barlewine- orange and grapefruit with a backbone of sweet caramel and toffee malts. Hints of dough and alcoholic dark fruits come through as well. The flavor is a heavenly mix of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and molasses with lots of citrus hop bitterness. The palate is rich, thick, and supple with a smooth texture and a sugary finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (3384) - 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.

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