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RATINGS: 1698   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.

AndresTM's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2015 Beautiful aroma of eggnog, cinnamon, toffee, white chocolate fudge, vanilla horchata, brown sugar, old leather, and booze. The pour is deep amber with no head. The taste closely mirrors the aroma, being mostly sweet and mildly bitter, with a splash of alcohol. The finish leans dry and woody, with a slight oaky tartness that dies slowly. Syrupy palate with minor, prickly carbonation. Balanced, flavorful, substantial. Perfect for a winter evening by the fireplace. Oh, Founders, how I love you. Lovely!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bjakk (667) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - APR 26, 2016
Redbronze, clear, with yellow coarse foam. Malt, molassis, and alcohol in the aroma. Malt, caramel, alcohol, raisins, with alcoholic aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pedro_Pinho (84) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2016
Copper red with off white/yellow head. Really nice malt and syrup aroma. Well balanced taste with a hint of chewing gum at the end. Hoppy and freshly bitter finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
abergdahl (172) - SWEDEN - APR 22, 2016
A cool leathery aroma, pours clear with minimal head. A very complex taste, the leather from the aroma is there, but there is so much flavor here, some sweetness, tobacco, oak... Very nice.. Smooth oily feel with some fizzy tingle at the end.. Really nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrTipple (2817) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2016
Aroma: caramel, toffee, molasses, dark fruits. Appearance: hazy, dark amber, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: sweets continue, fortified wine, alcohol, caramel, molasses, dark, ripe fruits, prunes. Overall: very nice Old Ale, very rich and complex. Bottle at CASK Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markas101 (2220) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2016
Tap, Bill’s beer garden, Ann Arbor, MI via. Hazy apricot. Citrus honey resin aroma. Thick. Sweet. Some caramel and coriander. Boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rollinsr (532) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - APR 10, 2016
Pours a rich amber with thin filmy off-white head. Aroma is rich and thick with molasses and prunes. Flavor is predominantly prunes with little carbonation. Very thick and rich. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shot (362) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2016
Pours a dark copper with a thin sticky head. Aromas of vanilla, toffee and oak. Flavors of toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, leather and oaky notes. Substantial booziness. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenkiGonzo (924) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 3, 2016
Bottle from Number 21. Clear, deep copper with no lacing. Boozy, whisky oak aroma. Very light, incredibly smooth with sweet molasses and a whisky oak finish. Crazy good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bawelt (371) - Lyon, FRANCE - MAR 31, 2016
Mérite d’être vieillie. Nez assez belle avec pas mal de levure, du malt, et un peu de boisé. Bouche assez proche d’une quadruple avec les gouts de mélasse, des notes de chêne très perceptibles bien soutenues par les levures. Vraiment bonne mais reste un peu jeune.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (2131) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2016
This pours the deepest amber-mahogany into the glass, with a fully diminished head that leaves little to trace lacing. There is vanilla bourbon to the nose, alongside woody oak, dark stone fruits, toffee and caramel chews. Flavors showcase the oaked bourbon aspect, with vanilla, toffee, Candi sugar, caramel, plums, licorice, unsalted crackers and light diacetyl notes, finishing with a burning alcoholic woody bitter. The full body is oily on the palate, has a chewy mouthfeel, and is slick down the gullet. This acts like an old ale, feels like an old ale, and presents/represents fully as an old ale. Great example of the style from one of America’s most respected breweries. Kudos!

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