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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
travelguy (5) - USA - JUL 10, 2016 does not count
This ale has it nailed. Aroma of sweet caramel. Just enough hops to balance the rich molasses flavor. Mouth feel is big, rich and smooth. The best in class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OminouSC2 (423) - SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2016
Hazy amber color. Aroma has yeast, spice and some hops. Dominated by a malty taste, it has a nice layer of sweet caramel and a slight bitter hoppy finish. Well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
E_leap (11) - Wollongong, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2016
What a beautiful aged ale!, dark golden color, with light brown head, showcasing the sensational malts, and the molasses been used to brew this amazing beer, the aromas of sweet malts, with elegant hits of oak, and spices from the barrel aging, taste of lightly roasted malts, and the taste of the barrel aging is breath taking, the texture is full bodied , and very creamy, smooth and very easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tfontana (663) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 3, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass. Aroma is mild bread, caramel. Appearance is mainly clear light brown with some large dark sediment floaters, huge sparkle, finger-width creamy beige head with poor retention and decent lacing. Taste is mellow sweet caramel and bread with perfect amount of oak to complement the flavors and take it to a whole new level. Palate is medium-to-full bodied with creamy texture and nice smooth finish. Overall, an understated aroma and unfortunate dark floaters but taste and mouthfeel really shine. Founders knows oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ViktorEnghed (13) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2016
Bottle from Systembolaget. The nose is soy, smoke and coffee, made me think of sushi. It pours very dark with a dirty, two finger head. Tastes sweet, molasses, coffee, chocolate, red wine and raisins. Great after-dinner-drink. I actually drank it in bed as my girlfriend had some wine. A bit too sweet at first but develops into something awesome. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (888) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 27, 2016
Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is sweet caramel, light molasses. Taste is caramel with light oak...gets a little wimpy on the end but overall delightful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (2142) - New York, TURKEY - JUN 22, 2016
Bottle. Hazy dark amber with large foamy light beige head, oak aroma with a bit of caramel, medium carbonation, woodsy caramel taste, lightly sweet with alcohol undertones, thickish smooth body, long bitter woodsy finish with alcohol aftertaste. Strong and interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarageBrewer80 (367) - SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2016
Flaska från SB. Klar, gyllene brun med smutsbrun skumkrona. Söt doft av pumpa och ekfat. Söt och kraftfull kropp. Smak av smörkola, ekfat, pumpa, torkade frukt, peppar och alkohol. Fatig, jordig och torr avslutning.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ngejo (890) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - JUN 19, 2016
Bottle. Hazy, brown, frothy, tan foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drjoeng (816) - SINGAPORE - JUN 19, 2016
9.8%ABV. Old Ale. Poured out clear mahogany. 25ºSRM. Nose has molasses and brown sugar aromas. There are nice strong dried date aromas as well. The tang of alcohol gives this a nose like a nice scotch ale but with less smokiness. You also get some sweet maraschino cherry aroma. Mouthfeel is syrupy. Palate has strong honey and treacle flavor notes. There is banana but also a very nice rich creamy bread pudding-like flavor which makes this overall like having a very moist and alcoholic banana bread. There are rum-like flavors as well. The finish is alcoholic with a nectary, raw brown sugar like base but with some nice spiciness which is accentuated by the curmudgeonly alcoholic burn: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and maybe even some five spice. There is also this cloud of creamy aromas and flavors with vanilla bean, creme fraiche, and sweet cream. Overall, a wonderfully belligerent tipple. So very very craftily put together with layers of complexity all on a bed of barely concealed aggression. Goes on Favorites List !

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