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RATINGS: 1579   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 31, 2012
Bottle, 12oz, bottled 2009. Pours a dark amber with a beige head. Smells of candi sugar, spice, caramel, prune juice, and definite bourbon with plenty of malt. Tastes of a heavy sweetness, a lot of fruitiness, some coconut, vanilla, a mild bitter and some tartness. Texture is superbly creamy. Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Finishes with a mild salty tartness. Delightful.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Thin dark carmel color. It is intense but in a very pleasing and warming way. Dark fig and cherry fruit. Bourbon flavor is rather strong but not overpowering. Not my style and still great.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2011
The bar has been set!! Now this is a brew one can truly come to appreciate all year long! Excellent flavors and aromas! For an old ale this bugger is holding out like a full-bodied ale but tastes easy enough of the palate to enjoy a few throughout the day. Flavors and textures come off like a fine Chilean merlot - smooth and very fulfilling;.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2010
12oz bottle acquired in trade with xmarcnolanx. Poured a cloudy light amber/orange body that was almost still, yet had very good legs. Aromas ov VERY dark/ripe fruits, alcohol, malty sweetness and more alcohol. Flavors of medium malt sweetness, dark fruits, alcohol, toffee and a light hop finish. Soft carbonation and a thin to medium mouthfeel. a bit thinner than expected. I love the complex malts and depth of this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerardgathier (511) - - JUN 19, 2014
malt raisins caramel, deep sweet taste smooth body, nice malty nose, awesome.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (510) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
Bottled 2/06/14 and poured 4/15/14. $3.49 a single. Appearance: Pours a "quiet" red/orange color with a nice off-white head and lacing at the start. Smell: Wow. Dark fruits, barrel, molasses sweetness, oak... just as I expected from the label and style. There’s also a slight hint of booze as well. Taste/feel: Just looking at it in the glass, it looks sweet. That’s probably just because I know there’s molasses in it though. This beer is sweetsweetsweet, which you should figure if you know the style, see that this beer is brewed with molasses, or see that the IBUs are "only" 50 IBUs. Molasses, candied dark fruits, oak, rich and heavy caramel malts with a bit of a toasted malt aftertaste with an underlying subtle bitterness to keep it from being sickly sweet. Just looking at it in the glass should give you an idea of how it feels. Very mild carbonation with a pretty full body. Some would call it "flat", but it’s a mild carbonation that I’m liking for this beer. Also, the body is big, but it’s not to the point where it’s syrupy/cloying. Then again, the nice depth of flavor also helps that. Don’t get me wrong, it IS a very sweet beer, but it’s not a chore to drink by any means. 9.8% is hidden perfectly as well. Overall, an incredibly tasty choice for those who dig a big, bold, malty, sweet beer. It may not be something that I’d personally drink very often (I’m already a "ticker" as it is...), but there is absolutely no denying that this is a phenomenal beer that warrants a try to any beer aficionado. I may go buy myself another single just to see how this thing ages. It is sweet as hell, but it is equally as tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2008
There is a quality to this beer that I really don’t like. I know a lot of people like this, and it’s a pretty great old ale. I can drink it if I plug my nose. It smells like thrift store books. Anyyyywayyyyy.... it’s a ruby color .. nice representation for the style. Flavor is REALLY malty... almost a peat like quality to the malt there. I smell leaves. Like old leaves waiting for pickup on the side of the street. OK, come to think of it, this beer of the personification of a child molester. It’s kind of musty, dated, old sock-ish, and reeks of booze. I need an adult.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2009
12 oz bottle from Princeton’s. Brown pour, thick foamy white head. Malty, barley aromas, some oak. Sweet, intense flavors... definitely can taste the heavy malt characteristics. Surprisingly very drinkable, nice smooth sweet finish. BIG beer with lots of great flavors going on.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Advocate_Ames (503) - 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.


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