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RATINGS: 1475   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Deep garnet with a thin oily head. Nose is alcoholic with woddy notes including vanillin and coconut. Flavour is slightly roast, both from malts and the wood, with a sweet vanillin, chocolate. Strong bitterness exists, but is detected not perceived. Some raisin notes appear with warmth.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garbageman (443) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - OCT 15, 2013
From bottle. Pours a reddish brown in color with thin head. Aroma was dark fruit and booze. Taste follows with addition of malt and a slight earthy note.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gaultier (441) - SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
@ Nedre Mölla 12/9-14. Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma: Caramely, wood, sweet, notes of raisins. Taste: Caramely, sweet, wood. Body is light full, the finish is bitter and caramely with notes of wood.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hanoi (440) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle. Nose is rich molasses, brown sugar, marzipan, slight brandy. Taste is rich, vanilla, brandy butter, brown sugar, booze, leading to dry leather and oak, some dark chocolate and earth then an oily pine finish. MOuthfeel is slick. An outstanding beer that is maybe just a touch to bitter in the finish for my personal preference.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Sampled at the Corkscrew, Urbana, during their weekly Sunday tasting. I’m really taken by the notes of nutmeg and vanilla in this one, from the nose to the palate. The bourbon barrels add to a solid old ale rather than detracting. There’s a good hop finish. What’s lacking here is a heavy mouthfeel, and more candided fruit and spice that I might expect from an old ale. Its certainly doesn’t try to be a barleywine, so in some sense, its kind of a novel beer. One doesn’t see many bourbon aged old ales.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Pours amber with a quick, fine, light brown head. Nose is very sweet and fruity. Taste is mostly a sweet, semi-citrusy malt with a touch of alcohol and hops on the backside. Finish is sweet and a little oily. Solid beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (432) - HUNGARY - SEP 11, 2014
A Founders old ale stílusban készült főzete színében borostyán, illatában szivárványszínű. Az egyik kedvenc illatszerekezetem alapjaira épül, melyben megnyugtató egyveleget alkot egy bársonyos, marcipános édesség, kevés vanília pár csepp alkohollal, intenzív vajkaramella és egy árnyalatnyi tölgyfahordós aroma sejtelmes kombinációja; a felépítményt mindenesetre az illatos komló és telt maláta alkotta váz tartja egyben. Visszafogott szénsavtartalmú, selymes testében cseppet sem meglepően visszaköszön az előbbi kép, ízhatás tekintetében mintegy két részre osztva az élményt, melynek első felében a malátás krémesség csemegeszerű ízjegyeket produkáló, a sziruposság határát el nem érő jellegét csodálhatjuk meg, ezt követi aztán a karcos, de tartalommal teli utóíz, melyet a komló élesítő hatásának köszönhetünk. Voltaképpen ez esetben is felismerni véljük egy barley wine-anya és india pale ale-apa házasságának gyümölcsét személyében, a két stílust egyaránt kedvelőket tehát semmiképpen nem érheti csalódás fogyasztása során.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Has a distinct oxidized sherry, raisin flavor. The nose is a bit off-putting but flavor in the mouth is much more agreeable. Drinks very well for nearly 10%. Body is lighter than expected.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Ar: Raisins, sugary malt, ripe pineapple. Ap: Copper, a little hazy - almost no head, just a wisp of foam. T: Vinous and burnt caramel up front, fair amount of sweetness - firm bitterness with a pronounced herbal flavor - grape, orange peel, and raisin - noticeable, but clean, alcohol heat - finish is tannin and herbal bitterness. P: Medium-full body with medium carbonation - finish is medium-dry. O: Big, hearty beer - complex fruit and wine flavors mingle with a big grip of malt.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - JUN 28, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber with thin cream head. Aroma is caramel. Flavor is caramel, vanilla, and peet. Very nice.


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