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RATINGS: 1561   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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2008
12 oz. bottle. First had a sample at the 2007 World Beer Festival in Durham. Now onto the proper rate. Pours a hazy, ruby cider color. Lots of floaties. Medium sized, khaki head. Aroma of dark fruits, toffee. Flavor is smooth and different. Leans heavily on the malty side, but there are underpinnings of hop bitterness and licorice. A very earthy mouthfeel. Finish is slightly bitter. Another tasty offering from Founders.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewbie (459) - 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 itís really sweet. One to enjoy for the evening. Thanks, David.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsekouratos (459) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - SEP 1, 2014
355 ml bottle shared with Calm_Dreamer and #Electron. Dark red to light brown color with a nice 2-finger off-white head. Aromas of red wine, vanilla and some oak. Taste of slight caramel, some dark fruits, red wine, vanilla, oak. Sweet aftertaste. Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PartyFowle (457) - - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle. Cloudy crimson, topped with a dense layer of tan froth. Smooth yet light aroma -- maple, buttery vanilla, toffee, pancakes. The oak is more prominent and sharp in the flavor, as is a whiskey-like alcohol note. Maple is soft, as are French vanilla, fresh red apple and a late-arriving toasted bread note. Everything in here is subtle, creamily blended and very drinkable for its ABV. I kind of wish it was MORE substantial, actually.

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.

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 Iím 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhgrantjr (449) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Poured from bottle, clear, deep amber color. Aroma of sweet malts. Taste s sweeter than I expected. There is some bitterness, but it is mild. This is a complex taste, something similar to a Barley Wine. Almost a syrupy feel to it.


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