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RATINGS: 1587   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (1723) - 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 (631) - - 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 (497) - 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 (4724) - 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 (732) - 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 (2999) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HammerTroll (819) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 24, 2015
Hazy deep amber, small tan head. Dark fruit, raisin, caramel, brown sugar, hops, roasted malt and woody aroma. Medium to heavily sweet, a bit boozy (not much). Medium to full body, soft carbonation, creamy texture. Sweet finish. Very nice.
(Pivoljub 0,33l bottle)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pacv27 (53) - - FEB 21, 2015
Off white head, 1 1/2 fingers in depth. Hazy and amber in color w/ dark red hues towards the center and top of the beer. The aroma is big on the molasses and oak!! Not getting much else. The taste follows the nose along with a sweet caramel backbone. Overall pretty straight forward in taste. Medium mouthfeel.

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