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RATINGS: 1579   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skmikeg (1279) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Pours copper-amber with a one finger off white head with pretty nice lacing. Aroma is of sweet malts, candied fruits, vanilla, caramel, apricots, floral hops, toffee, and some raisins. Taste is sweet malts, dark candied fruits, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, bread pudding, herbal hops, floral hops, and some light booze. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi-moderately bitter, long, lingering, slightly boozy finish. Overall, a tasty, pretty complex old ale that is pretty hoppy for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ARH (806) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2015
UPDATED: APR 10, 2015 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Initial, bright aromas of sweet toffee with a floral and herbal note come through with a woody and vanilla supporting note. Secondary notes of sugary maple syrup / molasses also appear with some sweet citrus and berries, as well as a light, hidden alcohol undertone. It pours a hazy / murky orange bronze topped by an active, off-white soapy, uneven head that retains a thin ring and small splotch surface as well as a light, spotty lace. The taste is a medium high, malty sweet and complimentary medium waxy bitter. The beer is full bodied, malty, with a thick and sticky texture thanks to a near flat, light fuzz carbonation. Flavors of toffee, citrus, and vanilla are most noticeable with a finish that?s crisp, and fairly clean, with woody spice character and a light alcohol warmth. The aftertaste is a waxy citrus rind and herbal blend. It?s a sneaky alcohol content in that there?s only a faint hint on the nose, but it?s well hidden on the palate. It?s rather malty fresh, so it?ll be curious to see how age treats it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (1615) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
30.9.2014. Pours copper with small head. Brown colour. Aroma of sweet oak, caramel, dark fruits. Taste is sweet malty, dark fruits, hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PartyFowle (592) - - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle. Cloudy crimson, topped with a dense layer of tan froth. Smooth yet light aroma -- maple, buttery vanilla, toffee, pancakes. The oak is more prominent and sharp in the flavor, as is a whiskey-like alcohol note. Maple is soft, as are French vanilla, fresh red apple and a late-arriving toasted bread note. Everything in here is subtle, creamily blended and very drinkable for its ABV. I kind of wish it was MORE substantial, actually.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglebones (71) - Michigan, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle. Clear copper with thin offwhite head. Not much for aroma. Faint dark fruits and alcohol. Medium body and carb. Sweet but nicely balanced by hops. Hints of fruit, oak, and vanilla. Great beer, one of my favorites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Turtles (373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2015
355ml bottle. Amber in the glass with a white head. Very aromatic !! Fresh, sweet armoa of hard candy. Many flavors, dark caramel, sweet, brown sugar, plum, Jack Daniels, toffee and fresh sweet oranges. Long, malty, strong aftertaste. Oh wow what a good thing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClubGonzo (4623) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle from Utobeer, London. Pours a hazy deep orange-hued amber body with a medium off-white head. Aroma is muscovado sugar, vanilla, grains, caramel, toffee and hints of herbs, rum and wood. Taste is brown sugary rum notes, caramel, toffee, bitter herbs, grains, alcohol and hints of nuts, vanilla and licorice. Full, near-oily body, medium carbonation. Quite lovely, albeit a bit sharp around the edges. Still, a high pleasant sipper and I suspect this one will age with grace.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutnick (715) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2015
Brown caramel pour. Smells of candied fruits. Taste is BIG sweet toffee and a strange yeasty aftertaste. Full bodied. Not my favourite Founders nor Old Ale. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HughConway (829) - Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2015
12oz bottle. Pours copper bronze, minimal head. Sweet malt with a bit o’ hint of molasses sulfur aroma. Taste is sweet and beery. Not bad for malt liquor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SarkyNorthener (2925) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle from Cotteridge wines. Copper beer, small head that reduces to nothing. Aroma of bourbon, malts and treacle. Taste is sweet treacle, malts, tawny port wine and a mild bitter finish. Sticky on the palate. Good. Added a few more points onto the score, it grows on you. Very good.

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