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RATINGS: 1661   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hanoi (671) - Greater Manchester, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fkoolen (671) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle at home. Beautiful hazy lightly reddish brown colour, beige foamy head. Sweet nose with toffee and caramel maltiness and some red fruits. Taste is big on alcohol and malty sweetness, candy cane, a little hoppy bitter too: rather one dimensional but nicely balanced. Finish is short and sweet, a little astringent. Sticky mouthfeel, medium carbonation and firm body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Pours a cloudy dark copper with a thin white head. The aroma is initially full of earthy hops, but the malts scream throgh with bread dough, caramel, and toffee. On the palate, the beer doesn’t feel sticky or thick, it actually finishes pretty clean. Starts out sweet, but soon after the bitterness of the hops comes in to clean it all up. Nothing overly spectacular, but a nice example of the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kosmokrator (668) - ITALY - NOV 22, 2015
Alla spina. Limpido color mogano-rossiccio con un pannoso velo di schiuma beige. Avvolgente al naso con sentori di caramello, mou, frutta sciroppata e un tocco quasi legnoso; gusto dolce, rotondo, liquoroso con note che richiamano gli aromi e che persistono a lungo. Corposa, cremosa e fantastica!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Sweet malty and cheesy yeast aromas with some honey and fruits. Foamy tan head and rose colors. Flavors are malty and slightly bitter. Yeast is present. Some orange peel and dried fruit cheesiness. Bitter finish with some bark and woodiness in the flavors. Palate is medium rich. Solid but not syrupy. Pleasure increases as the palate acclimates.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frothmeister (661) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2008
’08 Bottle: Courtesy of cmr1517. Murky, blood amber pour with no head. Wow is this intense...caramel and dark malts, peat and dark fruits run rampant, yet meld well together. Full bodied mouth feel yields a massive caramel malt, raisin and smoked dark fruit flavor. I typically don’t like any type of smokiness to my brews, but this was incredible. Awesome stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma of alcohol and sweet malts. Taste is quite malty and balanced between sweet fruits and strong alcohol presence. Also a bit buttery with a bitter finish. Overall a strong, tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Found another founders to try out as a one off. Know next to nothing about old ales besides that they are kind of like barley wine, but I think I might like them better after this. Perfect shiny clear amber brown color with no head. The aroma is a great malt punch of caramel and some burning paper, but also a sweet smell like a cherry lollipop. Scent of booze just touches underneath. The taste starts off as a quick chocolate but immediately goes into the caramel sweetness. Fades with a tiny taste of booze. Very smooth palate. A beer to take an hour with.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michaelinwa (656) - 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.

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