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RATINGS: 1633   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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (7028) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 13, 2015
355ml bottle at home. Canít remember where from, but was bottled April 2012. Pours amber, with a surprising amount of black floaters. Given itís been sat in a cupboard for three months I thought any sediment might have settled. Clearly not. Thin ring of white head. Aromas of sticky toffee pudding, marmalade at the back, light booze note. Taste is toffee, nuts, boozy, almost dark sherry. Sweet finish, as expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (3841) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2015
Bottle share at Leightonís, thanks to Fergus. Dark reddy brown, lightly sparkling, small foamy tan head. Aroma is caramel, dried fruits, light peach, a little sour. Body is medium, tingly carbonation, slightly foamy. Taste is toffee, light card, stones, gravel, twiggy, a little boozey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (13535) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2015
Bottle split at Leightons Cloud base, thanks to Fergus, 05/05/15. One Iíve certainly had in the past but good to catch up with a rake. Rich amber with a decent beige covering. Nose is rich fruit, caramel fudge, dates, toffee, fruit cake mix. Taste comprises rich fruit cake, sweet licks, toffee, dark fruit rinds, stewed dates, toasted brown sugar. Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet licks in the close. Solid stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiammanghilla (873) - Genova, ITALY - MAY 10, 2015
Bottiglia 355ml @ sir william's pub. Rossa scura senza schiuma. Molto carbonata, dolciastra. Frutta rossa ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhold

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bif (1739) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle. Pours adark amber color with a small head. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, and hint of booze. Taste of malt, dark fruit and spice. Mild bitterness and a dry finish. Moderate body, smooth with a bit of a boozy feel. Nice but expected a more robust beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (6088) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle shared at Leightons place. Sourced online. Nice bright orange, light amber coloured pour with a lasting halo of white head. Aroma is nice raisin, apple tart, caramelised sugars, little Warming alcohol, Flavour is composed of caramel, toffee, little solvent, spicy apple tart, little tequila, Palate is full bodies, moderate to high carbonation. Hot alcohol in the finish. Decent barley wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
malkyore (308) - - MAY 5, 2015
Balanced like a teeter totter with twins on it. I guess.... Itís equal parts really bitter and really sweet.... The word roasty comes to mind... But yep. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tekstr1der (173) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 5, 2015
It seems this thing needs to mellow while sitting for a while. As served, it was a murky light brown with quickly dissipating off-white foam. Smells of cooked sugar, booze, and wood. Flavors are too varied. Some sweet molasses with alcohol and oak. Slightly rough finish/linger of woodiness. The first disappointment Iíve had from Founders. Perhaps expectations are high here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sinfull (1149) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Deep amber color with thin white head. Aroma of spices , vanilla , caramel , dark fruits. Sweet , caramel taste with notable note of oak , some fruits , candies and hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (14752) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Fergus. Pours mostly clear orange with mild particulate presence and a frothy off-white head. Lots of ripe and tangy fruits in the nose, some berries, caramel, spices. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with gooey malts, some cinnamon, rich berries, subtle spice, some leafy hops. Full bodied, lightly chewy, with fine carbonation. Finishes warming and lightly sticky, with some further spice character, toffee, bread, slight dates. Good stuff.

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