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RATINGS: 1538   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2006
TITW Part Deux - Hazy caramel color, thin white fizzy head. Rich nose of buttery bourbon, chocolate chip cookie dough, oak, and toasted coconut. Flavor is much the same with interwoven notes of cookie, sweet bourbon, coconut, and oak that ends with a light hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied, light carbonation, soft bittersweet finish. Founders always seems to deliver. Great sipper....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2006
2005 Bottle. Deep, cloudy plumb-colored pour with no head. Sweet, earthy, roasty-oak aroma. Complex flavor of dark fruits, wood, cane sugar, red wine, and honey. Sticky on the tongue with a nice finish. This is a good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2009 Has a sweet, oaky aroma. Tastes primarily of oak with a sweet, slight caramel taste. Very well balanced with no noticeable heat. A good beer, but in no way a session beer both due to alcohol content and the overwhelming oakiness. Re rate 11.20.09 Aroma is citrus hoppy, caramel, a bit of alcohol, and butterscotch. Taste is bittersweet caramel, explosive citrus hoppiness, with a resinous melding of the two. Not extremely complex, but very well made. Finish is sweet, hot, and a bit cloying. Very good. 848416

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Pours cloudy brownish red color with very little head. Aroma is big and fruity, a deep plum with some caramal and toffee notes behind the dark/dried fruit. Taste is significantly earthier, but the fruit is there as well. Caramel, toffee notes, with some dark rye bread flavors too. Finishes fruity, then dries out immensely with a burnt breadlike taste. Lasts a long time, kind of like the Traquair beers. Thick mouthfeel, very low carbonation. Excellent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Weird beer. I swear, it tasted like someone shoved 25 pieces of bubblegum in my mouth. The finish was a strange medicine flavor. In the end, i got a little bourbon flavor. If this is what Old Ales taste like, i’ll pass. Thanks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2006
Bottle, shared with NachlamSie. Pours a dark, hazy amber with tight, small beige head. The aroma is earthy with raisins and a good dose of chocolate. The flavor is interesting; dust, earth, some chocolate and raisin, and even some hay. The finish is kind of bitter, kind of in a tart way, and leaves a honey sweet aftertaste. This is good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12100) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a murky brown body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of rich molasses and dark fruits. Flavor of dark fruit (dates, raisins), toasted malt, and a hint of tobacco.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2903) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Bottle. Pours a murky brown with a fine white head. The nose is of sweet roasty caramel, berries, licorice, and earthy notes. Viscous mouthfeel with defined lacing on the snifter. The flavor reminds me of a barley wine, a bit with that familiar sticky sweetness. However, some juicier notes are present such as pears and red Twizzlers. A hint of bark and herbs are in the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Thanks to Illinismitty for this one. Pours wtih a deep amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma slightly sweet and medicinal with a fruity (pear, pineapple) and some alcohol notes. The flavor is very similar with a note of banana. Full bodied, warming and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 23, 2006
(Bottle via trade with OhioDad, thanks Scott!) Has a sort of unique spiciness...Pours murky dark brownish orange with a thin biege head that melts quickly to mostly a ring around the edge. Has an aroma of sweet malt, some alcohol and strong spice presence - was driving me nuts trying to figure out the spice aroma. Some fine webby lacing. Mouthfeel smooth, pretty full. Flavor strongly influenced by the spice (clove, perhaps) and some sweet brown sugary malt. Makes me think of a barleywine but for the spice. Some alcohol burn. Full-flavored, pretty heavy-duty beer.

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