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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 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
agent_persik (440) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 30, 2014
Clean copper color, small beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel, vanilla, whiskey, dried fruits, spices. Sweet bitter taste has similar notes. Medium body and soft carbonation, warming touch of alcohol. Complex and interesting ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodychevy (439) - - MAY 25, 2014
From a bottle at a dinner party. Founders really can do no wrong for me. Pours a reddish brown with a small white dissipating head. Nose is super malty, caramel, sweet, molasses. Taste is really smooth- the 10% alcohol is hidden well- although it is there in the finish if you pay attention. Taste is tons of malts- although it is not overly sweet- with earthiness, pine, vanilla, bourbon, and citrus coming to the party. Subtle and smooth. Kind of makes one wish for the local watering hole in a sea faring port on a cold stormy night.

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.

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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jahshuwuh (429) - USA - APR 3, 2013
Murky orange ish brown, ice tea like color. Very little head. Smells of oak, brown sugar, caramel, pumpkin spice, booze, earthiness, apple. Sweet molasses comes through on the taste with some brown sugar all smothered in oak, caramel, fairly boozy, little to no bitter. Little intense at first with a strong sweet, mellowed a little by the oak, booze is fairly apparent. Good overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChiGuy68 (426) - Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Tasted from a 12oz. bottle. It poured a clear copper with a frothy off-white to light orange head. Aroma is sweet malt, spiced caramel, and alcohol. Smooth yet bold taste of malt, liquor, and caramel. This Curmudgeon packs a punch. A nice warming beer to enjoy on a cold winter night.


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