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RATINGS: 1713   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Pour amber brown with a small tan head. Aroma is caramel, roasted malts, and toffee. Flavor is full of caramel with hints of chocolate, vanilla and wood with some hints of bitterness as well. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTeusink (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Midway put on a 2012 keg in celebration of ACBW. I have a couple at home, but they are destined for a trade. Pours brown with decent head and fabulous lacing. Smell is more grassy than I would have expected. The sweet molasses flavor carries much of the weight for this old ale. My own conventional wisdom figured the palate would be thick and viscous, but it had lively carbonation. Good beer, a little sweet for my hoppy American sensibilities. Draft - Midway Pub - Atlanta, GA

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marstonlad (699) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. Pours rusty copper with a little white head. The aroma features dried fruitiness, sweet caramel maltiness and a touch of spiciness – fairly rich all in all. Taste offers plenty of variety as well: caramel malt sweetness features initially with dry fruity elements such as fig and raisin, later a subtle hoppy touch rises and adds color to the drying finish. Also some lingering oak and vanilla appear, validating the label "old" in the style category. Excellent taste both in depth and balance. The palate is medium to full bodied, soft in carbonation. A great beer in all respects.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
odinstyr (698) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Pours a clear red with barely any head. Smells of oak, dark breads, vanilla, hint of alcohol. Taste is sweet, mildly bitter - a lot of oak, vanilla, malty.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeadyDE (698) - Delaware, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Sample pour at tasting 2012 version..aroma is big and bold with booze and woody notes.mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth yet full bodied with obvious warming presence..very tasty indeed..

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frothmeister (698) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wiedrzensky (698) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 20, 2015
Shared bottle. Pours is dark hazy amber with small head that lasts only for a while. Aroma of caramel, malts, yeast, light biscuity. Solid malty base, light sweet, light bitter, caramel mouthfeel. Heavy body, oily to creamy texture, soft carbonation, light bitter finish. Nice aroma, superb taste, overally awesomely ballanced beer, recommended.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
njager246 (697) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle. Thanks Eric! Copper with a little head after poor.. smooth with hints of oak and molasses... great beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
coyotehunter (696) - , Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2008
A good Old Ale from Founders. compares somewhat to Third Coast, but has a more fruity finish to it...not so much hoppy.....have to see how the rest of the bottles age in comparison to the first.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Certainly a musty dusty vibe which gives credence to the old ale term, but this cardboardy yeasty brew has a unique dusty honeyed touch which is rather unique and appealing. A meaty, brothy brew to imbibe, this guy has the makings of a nice afterdinner warmer, which provides both a candied, medicinal touch as well as an oaky vineous landscape. A nice brew for sure and a nice drinking experience as well.


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