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RATINGS: 1747   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 16, 2010
A: The pour is a dark, dark mahogany color with a lot of yeast floaties, and a thin ring of cream colored head. S: The nose is quite rich with notes of sherry, dark fruit (raisins in particular), caramel, vanilla, and alcohol. T: The sweet caramel malt is the primary flavor component with some sweet, dark fruits, vanilla, and quite a bit of alcohol. Thereís also a mild bitterness. M: The body is medium with a creamy carbonation and mouthfeel. D: A very nice old ale and a good beer to sip on throughout an evening.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a tan head. Aroma is burnt caramel, prune, apricot, toast, some alcohol, and a little bit of spice. Flavor is caramel, apricot, toast, prune, alcohol, and a bitter spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9376) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2010
12 oz. bottle from Ludlow Wines. Pours a cloudy ruby-amber with some visible sediment at the bottom and a tiny beige head that leaves only a ring around the inner edge. Aroma of caramel malts, vanilla, plum, fig, butterscotch, raisins, and dust. Flavor of caramel malts, dark fruits (plum, fig, raisin, cherry), vanilla, butterscotch, toast, tea, and a little alcohol. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a buttery mouthfeel. Sweet, boozy finish. Has an unusual dusty, musky quality about it thatís hard to describe. A lot like a barley wine, but more buttery and malty. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brandman (2835) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 8, 2010
355 ml bottle. Copper brown body, white head. Some burned candy, fruity hops and chocolate on the nose. House flavour is nicely present. Yeast, sugar and chocolate takes over the flavour. Palate is oily and has very strong bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (1047) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2010
The rust colored body was clear, quite still, and was topped by a small layer of bubbles. The smell was bready and honey sweet, with a late spicy flourish. The taste was very sweet as expected, with the flavors evoking hard candy, pears, and maple syrup. Very rich on the tongue due to the high sugar content. Alcohol was not as evident as I was anticipating. Not much hop presence. The sweetness pretty much overpowered all other senses and drove down the drinkability a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3551) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Bottle from a trade with phaleslu. Pours cloudy dark caramel color with khaki head. Aromas of molasses, caramel and dark fruits. Moderately sweet caramel flavor with some toasted malts, vanilla and a little alcohol coming through. Chewy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Thanks Peter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kromamc (191) - ITALY - MAR 6, 2010
buonissima... rosso scuro schiuma a grana fine..... al naso note vinose tipo porto molto leggere malto caramellato delicato frutta secca luppolo floreale soave... corpo perfetto morbida avvolgente rotonda... bonaa

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2010
12oz bottled 2/14/09. A year old and itís the first Founders Iíve seen with a twist-off cap, as they are new here in Georgia. Pours amber/copper/brown with a very small off-white head that maintains only a ring on the ege. Laves some spots of lacing. Looks like a barleywine. Aroma is sugary sweet, caramel malts, spiced, vanilla, dark fruits, some bread and yeast, along with a healthy dose of alcohol. Alcohol is better hidden in the flavor that starts with sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, a lot of brown sugar, vanilla, a touch of fruit, bread, chocolate and spice. Mouthfeel is full and silky, low to medium carbonation, more carbonation than a typical barleywine. This is very good, I want to age some but the twist offs make me leary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (10359) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2010
355 ml bottle. From KÝbenhavn, Denmark.
Light amber colour with tiny white head. Yeast, fruits, biscuit and caramel in aroma. Yeast, bitter hops, biscuit and some alcohol in flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2010
12 oz. bottle from Hop City in Atlanta, GA. I wasnít able to produce much of a head on this thin, even when I agitated it heavily. Head sits around the top circumference of the beer. Translucent, nearly opaque, brown color with an orange hue. Iím not really keen on judging the old ales, so donít consider this a judging according to the style. Hmmm...I could swear that I smell vanilla and sugar in this. There might be a subtle syrup aroma in there as well. Smells reminiscent of the Nemesis, in my opinion of course, just not so boozy. I am liking the aroma though. A light bitter aroma penetrates the nostrils, but not in an intrusive way i.e. a light bitter aroma. Wow, a nice sweet caramel finish. Honestly, I can taste the caramel candy flavor. What the fuck are those caramel chews called? Well, whatever they are called I definitely taste them. Nice sweet sugar and vanilla aroma. Slight bitterness carries through. Alcohol is a bit hot in this one, considering other beers with higher ABVs have hidden the alcohol better than this. Very smooth palate; dare I say "dangerously smooth." Sweetness seems to be diminishing as the beer warms. As it warms the alcohol and hops are taking over. I donít like this afore mentioned factor at all. Overall, solid brew, and I am glad to have tried it. It DEFINITELY has its moments where I am thinking it is fucking delicious, and other moments where I am thinking this is not that special.

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