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RATINGS: 1610   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Rich malt aromas of brown sugar, dark fruit, and a touch of a vinous quality. Brown to deep brown with not head. Sweet malt with earthy hop presence. Full bodied with a long sweet vinous finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2014
Aroma of treacle, reminds me of my mum baking cakes when I was a kid; looks deep brown, hint of gold, clear; negligble head and looks flat; tastes smooth; nice tingle of carbonation; lots of sticky malts; hint of whiskyish saltiness; ok, but far from amazing and difficult to plough through - would be better served in nips.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michaelinwa (638) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2012 Pours medium golden color, light, sweet malt aroma, modate head and carbonation. Taste is very balanced with of moderately complex malt and hop bitterness. Flavor is moderately robust, but the complexities are fairly subtle, and mostly hint of roasted malt and hop bitterness. Slightly syrupy, without being sweet. Finished with a mild lingering hop bitterness. A nice, fairly balanced, solid beer. Not quite as outstanding as I expected, but if this were available locally, I would buy it again.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Metalhead (638) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Poured a murky brown topped by a film but no head. Aroma was of watered down bourbon with some sweetness and dark fruits. First taste was WTF is this. Tastes like a mid quality strong ale with a shot of scotch tossed in. I loathe scotch and that killed it right there. It faded as it warmed. Iíll have to try one at room temp and see if it still sucks.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2010
pours a transparent brown with little head. nice aroma has some alcohol in it. very smooth beer. hides the alcohol quite well. founders creamy toffee taste. another great one from founders.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frothmeister (633) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
355ml bottle. Cellared for over a year. Pours visibly thick (complete with accompanying glug) with a cloudy rosy beige body, and almost no head. Smells great. Sultana raisins, caramel, dried apple, light buttery oak notes, and light butterscotch. Full bodied and sweet, with woody notes, a light floral note, noticeable medium bitterness, caramel, and raisin up front followed by some more pronounced metallic hopping, dried fruit, and lingering woody notes in the finish. Not picking up much in the way of molasses though. Very much comes across as a barley wine, and a good one at that. Well balanced with no one flavour taking over the spectrum. A repeat purchase for sure.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopmaestro (632) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2015
Aroma in this one is sweet malts with burnt sugar and alcohol. The taste is a very well balanced soup of heavy and sweet caramels, darker fruits, vanilla with a tad of wood. There is a trail of pine resins running through this one that tags along all the way through. Warming and malty. Iím slowly turning into that dude on the label... Actually, he looks a little bit like my dad, so itís not that far fetched.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2007
12oz bottle. 2006 . Aroma: Lots of sweet maltiness with notes of toffee and brown sugar. Oak, vanilla, and bourbon come through fairly strong. Some light earthiness. Appearance: Medium brownish orange and murky. Almost no head to speak of. No lacing. Flavor: Sweet maltiness, toasted nuts, caramel. Again, the bourbon, vanilla, and oak comes through pretty strong. Some light floral and earthiness before the finish. Semi-sweet finish. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Moderate-low carbonation. Nice alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: I would like to try this without the barrel ageing and see which I like better. Carbonation was too low.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2013
Bottle, pours a clear copper with white head. Scent is sweet malt, maple. Taste is very sweet and malty, caramel with hints of vanilla, wood. Goes down pretty easy for the high abv.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Ugly. Real ugly. Weíre talking Tommy Lee Jones in drag ugly. You do not want to drink this beer after pouring it into a glass. You want to poke it with a stick. Then you smell it, and heavy, rolling waves of caramel and toffee and malt smash into your face, filling you with anticipation much like that caused by a pecan pie baking in the oven. Sweet and velvety, with a bourbon-ish backbone and no hoppiness whatsoever, magically covering the ABV with an onslaught of malt brilliance. Infinitely sippable. Like the stereotypical angry old geezer with a heart of gold, Curmudgeon lives up to its namesake. It may be the most appropriately named beer Iíve tried since Anheuser-Buschís This Shit Really Sucks Lager (not available in all areas.) (12/20/08)


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