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RATINGS: 1726   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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malty_MacHops (668) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Rich malt aromas of brown sugar, dark fruit, and a touch of a vinous quality. Brown to deep brown with not head. Sweet malt with earthy hop presence. Full bodied with a long sweet vinous finish.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopwine (666) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - APR 21, 2015
Nose is intense plum/prune/vinous/synthetic cherry. Flavor is same... Oddly fruity for the style with caramelized/burnt sugar in background. Caramel cough syrup? Wtf

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Sweet malty and cheesy yeast aromas with some honey and fruits. Foamy tan head and rose colors. Flavors are malty and slightly bitter. Yeast is present. Some orange peel and dried fruit cheesiness. Bitter finish with some bark and woodiness in the flavors. Palate is medium rich. Solid but not syrupy. Pleasure increases as the palate acclimates.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thechasm442 (661) - Manhattan, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2012
100th review. Draft poured into a tulip. Pours a clear copper red with an off white head and amazing lacing. Aroma is molasses, bitter citrus, and some malt. Taste is sweet, orange, grapefruit, malt, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel and sticky with little alcohol presence. Awesome beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tillmac62 (660) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2014
BOD 4/13/13. Pours a deep amber with a heavy deep dark ruby hue. Weak head and lacing due to the alcohol content. Heavy nose of dark malt (caramel), molasses and dark fruit sweetness over alcohol with bourbon and oak notes. Light carbonation. Almost full bodied with a nice smooth creamy texture. The complex flavor profile is well balanced. It begins with sweet dark fruit flavors (fig, plum and raisin) which flow into a significant bourbon element. As the bourbon fades, oak and vanilla present themselves over a molasses note. The finish is smooth and leaves you with a light alcohol burn and a touch of hops. This is the Olde Ale standard, IMHO. BOD 4/13/12. Similar head, but hazy with flocculants. The nose is similar, but quite subdued. Bourbon is the most prevalent while the dark fruits have receded. Same body and carbonation. Like the nose, flavors have also gone downhill. Age has decomplexed the flavor profile. While still outstanding, it just doesnít reach out and grab you. Everything is there, but in a subdued fashion and more of a blended presentation rather than a progression on the palate. On itís own, I would give the aged version a 4.1.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
agent_persik (660) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2008
í08 Bottle: Courtesy of cmr1517. Murky, blood amber pour with no head. Wow is this intense...caramel and dark malts, peat and dark fruits run rampant, yet meld well together. Full bodied mouth feel yields a massive caramel malt, raisin and smoked dark fruit flavor. I typically donít like any type of smokiness to my brews, but this was incredible. Awesome stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma of alcohol and sweet malts. Taste is quite malty and balanced between sweet fruits and strong alcohol presence. Also a bit buttery with a bitter finish. Overall a strong, tasty brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Found another founders to try out as a one off. Know next to nothing about old ales besides that they are kind of like barley wine, but I think I might like them better after this. Perfect shiny clear amber brown color with no head. The aroma is a great malt punch of caramel and some burning paper, but also a sweet smell like a cherry lollipop. Scent of booze just touches underneath. The taste starts off as a quick chocolate but immediately goes into the caramel sweetness. Fades with a tiny taste of booze. Very smooth palate. A beer to take an hour with.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 8, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2012 Pours medium golden color, light, sweet malt aroma, modate head and carbonation. Taste is very balanced with of moderately complex malt and hop bitterness. Flavor is moderately robust, but the complexities are fairly subtle, and mostly hint of roasted malt and hop bitterness. Slightly syrupy, without being sweet. Finished with a mild lingering hop bitterness. A nice, fairly balanced, solid beer. Not quite as outstanding as I expected, but if this were available locally, I would buy it again.


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