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RATINGS: 1433   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigben873 (132) - Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Slight caramel aroma in a medium brown cloudy ale. Very malty like a barleywine but not nearly as smooth. Strong flavor but a bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (620) - Burlingame, California, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Pours a medium amber brown with a short tan head. It has a great malty, woody aroma and a flavor of rich malt and oak with a slightly hoppy backbone and rich finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lightrider (311) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle into a tulip glass. Pour is a dark honey amber. Aroma is strong, with the oak and rich malts. Taste is very strong with a nice sweetness over the crisp Oaks and thick malts. Finish is very full bodied. This is a world class ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
4theluvofbeer (90) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 4, 2014
Nice mahogany-amber pour. Sweet aroma of caramel and some nuts. Flavour is malt, toffee, vanilla and some light fruits.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ciaranc (875) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 31, 2014
330 ml bottle from Redmonds. Toffee coloured pour, clear, foamy off white head, doesn’t last, settles to a residue. Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, oak, brandy in the aroma - extraordinary! Flavour is more of the same, sweet, luscious caramel, toffee notes, some alcohol warmth. Thick, lush mouthfeel. Very low carbonation, long complex finish. Wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pottygok (469) - Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Aroma: Caramel and nuts with hints of fresh bread. Appearance: Dark amber with tan head that dissipates quickly. Taste: Light sweetness balance by a light sourness. Palate: Full body, creamy sticky texture, soft carbonation, long finish. Overall: A bit too malty for my taste, but still a really well developed beer. Quite nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ttoadee (644) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2014
dark copper pour, small tan head. Molasses, caramel, and alcohol in the nose. Sweet. Middle is full bodied with a solid mouth-feel. Finish is more fresh caramel, with a hint of wood, and finally some drying hop bitterness. Went really nice with a lamb hot pot!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Caytinator (943) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 28, 2014
12oz bottle. Pours a reddish clear color with a small off-white head. The aroma is quite interesting, it’s very smelly with gingerbread and other spicy notes. Taste is very good, matches aroma. Lots of complexity, alcohol is insidious. Resinous mouthfeel. Not my favorite, it’s borderline skunky, but interesting enough to keep me coming back for another!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boozedude (1789) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAY 26, 2014
bottle shared with pal nams josh haks drive at club w, dark potent, but smooth, I like it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodychevy (354) - - MAY 25, 2014
From a bottle at a dinner party. Founders really can do no wrong for me. Pours a reddish brown with a small white dissipating head. Nose is super malty, caramel, sweet, molasses. Taste is really smooth- the 10% alcohol is hidden well- although it is there in the finish if you pay attention. Taste is tons of malts- although it is not overly sweet- with earthiness, pine, vanilla, bourbon, and citrus coming to the party. Subtle and smooth. Kind of makes one wish for the local watering hole in a sea faring port on a cold stormy night.

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