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RATINGS: 1491   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Pours a cloudy orange color. Nearly no head to be seen upon pouring. Smell is sweet and malty, nothing to particular. Taste is as it smells, with a little bit of booze. Drinkable with just enough complexity to make it enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2006
From bottle. Pours a murky brown/orange with no head. Nose is of rotting flowers and off-alcohols. Kind of unpleasant. Flavor is of a mellow sweet malt that still has some of the nose. Palate is smooth and thick.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewbie (455) - New York, USA - MAR 18, 2010
12oz bottle. courtesty of ucusty. cloudy brown color, reminds me of apple cider. small head. aroma of malt sweetness, toffee, caramel. At first sip, a nice mix of caramel with little bit of bitterness to offset the sweetness. Nice sipper, but it’s really sweet. One to enjoy for the evening. Thanks, David.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Pours a dark caramel color with small head. Aroma of brown sugar. Sweet, smooth caramel malts, maple sweetness. Very good.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Pale, cloudy brown color with practically no head. I know this is the way the beer is supposed to look, but I’m taking points off anyway. Aroma of toffee, vanilla, molasses and dried fruit. The vanillin from the oak really comes through on the flavor with tons of toffee and molasses. Nice sticky mouthfeel. Sweet on the palate, but not cloying. A fantastic beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2008
2008 vintage. A fairly clear clear orange/amber pour. Miniscule off white head. Nice malty aroma, increases as it warms. Tons of malt flavor, some toffee, brown sugar with a little raisin. A small amount of hop presence. Nice and sticky and lingering. A little bit young I think, I bet the other three will age very nicely. Right now I’d say the Ola Dubh version I’ve had are a little bit better, but they’re aged. This should have no problem competing with some age and at a bargain of a price comparitively. Actually bought a couple 3rd Coast Old Ales with this 4 pack, curious to see how they compare, even though they are technically barley wine.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (449) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Caramel colored pour with a small white head. Sugary oak on the nose along with some whiskey. Slightly sticky on the palate. Flavor is very smooth with light oak notes along with molasses. Alcohol is very noticeable but not in a bad way.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Advocate_Ames (446) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2013
The appearance is not much to go crazy over. The aroma has a rich sweetness to it. I picked up on malts, carmel, and dried fruit. The flavor is very smooth and drinkable. I could taste sweet caramelized malts, oak, apricot, and plums. The finish is smooth, syrup like, malty, and full of sugar sweetness. My palate was effected mildly. Overall this was a fine beverage for its style.

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.


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