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RATINGS: 1741   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (5179) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2009
Bottle from Beermerchants.com. Hazy, red copper with sediment and a small, creamy tan head. Complex toffee and raisins aroma, yet not overly sweet. nuts, raisins, chocolate and coconut flavours- on the sweet side, but good. The perfect night cap.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2009
Bottle@Home. Aroma of raisins, cheese and wood. Orange/brown colour, firm beige head, very nice lace, pours very thick. Very sweet, very bitter, loads of raisin, woody, sugary, glue, varnish. Thick, sugary and burning. Very nice Barley Wine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma of alcohol and sweet malts. Taste is quite malty and balanced between sweet fruits and strong alcohol presence. Also a bit buttery with a bitter finish. Overall a strong, tasty brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (2896) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2009
Bottle. Fat beer in all aspects! Oily texture. Dried fruit, vegtables. Tastes like an american barley wine.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
finol (3036) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle from Ölbutikken. Pours brownish without a head. Oily, buttery and som wood. To tame to be interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17146) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2009
Bottle from De Molen beer shop. Clear russet, lasting dark beige. Some strong intense malt with some bourbon on the aroma. Better in mouth, the malts are strong and syrupy and some very good ESB style malts. Bourbon is present but not over the top or unbalanced. Some vanilla comes through. Alcohol is really well hidden with just some fullness. Hops on end are good, slightly bitter and hide any burn. Stupidly drinkable. Pretty decent beer, if not exactly the kind of thing that I would normally like.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2009
Low head on an amber brown body. This is an excellent beer ! Well balanced, savoury, not too strong, this brew has it all ! It is welle suited for all seasons. A real pleasure !

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Poured from bottle into Snifter. Slightly hazy dark amber-brown, almost has a pinkish-red tint in the light. Thin head, slight lacing. Sweet and malty aroma - dark fruits (plum?, raisins?) and bourbon. Some alcohol and English hops detected. Sweet malt goodness. Caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, plum and raisins with a slight English hop counterbalance, which is most noteworthy on the aftertaste. After warming more, I swear I tasted coconut. Low carbonation, with a full, smooth, slightly chewy body. Nice warming effect. Another good sipping beer from Founders, who continues to impress me. Watch out Bell’s!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - OCT 29, 2009
12oz. bottle at home: Pours a nice dark tarnished copper with a decently creamy but fading yellowed head. Huge malt aroma bursts over the rim of the glass. Rich caramel, honey and treacle drizzled all over the mounds of malt. Toasted light brown bread crumbled on top and just a pinch of herbal hop for garnish. All topped off with a shot of whiskey malt. The massive malt continues on the tongue with a quick hop burst. The sweet caramel, and toasted malt notes push the hops to the side and roll on to the back. Medium-full bodied brew offers a nice creaminess as it glides over the tongue. As the beer reaches the back it thins out with alcohol and rockets down your throat with a nice warming effect. The hops then jump on this chance to pop back up in to the back-sides of your mouth. The hops and pure caramel stick around and have a party until the next sip arrives. Thats a nice beer. Just a touch less alcohol and this would be a truly amazing story.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flyingdutch (2) - Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2009 does not count
Poured a deep amber with little to no head. Bourbon, and floral scent. Complex malty taste with a high hop. Taste lasts, is not bitter and leaves a clean fresh finish. Would recommend.


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