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RATINGS: 1711   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.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nearbeer (4675) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2008 12 oz. Cloudy copper with some small particulate matter. Small disc of foam persists and leaves a few spots of soapy lace. Mild aromas of spicy caramel apple. Tastes of dark-roasted nut, spiced apples, light cocoa, whiskey and oak. Normally this is a blend of flavors I would rave over, but the twangy apple flavor in this one misses the mark a bit for me. Near-medium body is lightly tingly and dryish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (6222) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Thanks Turdferguson. Cool looking beer that has the appearance of apple cider. It is opaque with some visible solids. Nose is faint but is yeast and spices that remind of Chrismas fragrances. Alcohol is a dominant theme in the flavor and this one is complex in old style way. Dark fruit, pepper spice, candi sugar, yeast, and attitude. There is just so much going on in there and drinking it puts me in an old Europe seaside pub. What a good and well crafted beer. Another winner from Founders.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2008
I’m a sucker for old ales. I had backwoods bastard last night and this one has the bourbon tones but they are more subdued to allow for a complex mix of raisins, ginger, chocolate malts, vanilla, tangerine and mahogany. The alcohol somewhat diminishes the flavors but old ales should have some kick. The other factor is the hop quotient which adds a bitterness I don’t associate with this malty style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StuartIPA (1) - , Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2008 does not count
Overall good beer strong notes of vanilla and oak notes, alcohol note is slightly too strong

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
MiP (15029) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2008
Bottle, 9.3%. Very nice vanilla, oak, cigarbox aroma. Cloudy red orange colour. The flavour has a lot of vanilla, some coconut, hint of cream, all the nice stuff. Low bitterness, but balanced by the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Well this is just delicious. I thought it was Old Curmudgeon Ale and was a barleywine, but apparently it is an Old Ale, which I dont know what that is. What is it? Its like a barleywine, I guess. Nice beer to light your old man fire. Apparently, I cant use apostrophes on ratebeer anymore, this is difficult.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Pours a cloudy copper/brown with a small beige head. Aroma is sweet raisin, caramel, cherry, nutty, light chocolate, smoke, butterscotch andwood. Flavor is cherry, caramel, raisin, light pineapple and light nutty. Finish is a bit hot and also has some bourbon notes. Full bodied, sticky texture. Low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (2452) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 7, 2008
12 ounce bottle in pint glass. Dark amber with lasting ring and lace. Very mild toasty malt aroma. Toasty brown sugar maltiness with medium raisiny fruity sweetness and medium dry bitter finish. Medium-full body and medium carbo. Quite complex and string but mellow and enticing. A well-made, drinkable, pleasant, strong, tasty old ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Fresh 2008 vintage. A cloudy, dark orange-amber colored body is crowned with a frothy, beige colored head. The bubbly foam settles to a thin but well retained layer. Sugary micro-spots of lace mark the glass. Aromatics include a heavy toffee malt base, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, and a touch of dark rum. Light, fruity notes follow, everything from zesty white grapes to bruised nectarines. Floral hop notes come through on the back end. Flavors follow suit, sweet from the toffee and caramel, with balancing floral and citrus hops. Creamy butterscotch schnapps are a nice addition, with oak-aged dark rum adding French vanilla notes and a touch of heat. Fruity, floral hops lend balancing bitterness on the finish. The body is nearly full, creamy, and well balanced on the palate. This slow sipper is great when fresh, but can obviously handle age with grace. Excellent old ale.

   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.

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