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RATINGS: 1444   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark amber brown. Strong alcohol taste. taste of caramel and malt. good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 18/20
hrking (140) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2009
Very smooth the bottle I had was 2 years old lays down nice. Smooth malty creamy. I would say there are extra candi sugars added to this beer almost could pass as a barley wine if some citrus flavors were added. Like a barley wine with out the citrus. Not much hop presence but this bottle is 2 years old. Wow 9% alcohol hidden very well. Nice beer recommend.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Michbeerlover (140) - - MAR 17, 2013
Pours brownish orange. Little or no head. Sweet malty aroma of fig, dark fruit. Taste of sweet malt, some dark cherry and corn syrup? Mouthfeel is thick and heavy. Probably from the molasses. Mouthfeel is similar to a heavy stout, like Ten Fidy. Kind of sticky, sugary. No hint of alcohol, even at almost 10%. Super smooth, easy drinking. If you are looking for a sweet, thick malt bomb, then this is your brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
toby00777 (135) - California, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Light brown, slight red haze with almost no head. Smell was of bourbon. Kool-aid powder grape. Rich fruits. Tasted of alcohol. Malty. Cherry cough syrup.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 20, 2009
12oz brown glass twist-top. No date. Appearance: Tawny orange/brown. No head to speak of, and somewhat cloudy (no sediment though). Nose: Sweet raisin bread, apricots, toasted cashews, deep caramel, milk chocolate, dried figs. Palate: Medium- to full-bodied with loads of sugar up front. Dried fruits (figs, raisons, prunes) mingle with a layer of light milk chocolate (low cocoa %), and some flavors that remind me of tawny/colheita ports and malmsey madeiras. Rich and somewhat thick, there is a moderate edge from the hop bitterness. Notes: A well made Old Ale, will improve over short-term ageing, but I don’t think it’s made to go for more than 3 years with improvement. I would like to see more hop character for longer ageing. The hops show themselves and try to contain the HUGE sweetness, but it’s just bursting at the brim with sugar. A little more contained than the Smuttynose Really Old Brown Dog, though.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigben873 (133) - Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Slight caramel aroma in a medium brown cloudy ale. Very malty like a barleywine but not nearly as smooth. Strong flavor but a bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blaze312 (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2009
12 oz bottle from Founders. I love founders so its fitting that this is my 100 beer rating. Pours a dark orange color, almost brown. Aroma is very good I smell the alcohol, some barley, and some fruit hints. Taste sweet yet spicy. I’m feeling the alcohol in this one. It is very good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2010
aroma is alcohol and fruit. moderately cloudy appearance with stuff floating around. deceptively smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Pours cloudy red with no head. Aroma of oak, hops, whiskey, brown sugar. Flavor of whiskey barrles, brown sugar and molasses, hint of hops and alcohol. Crisp, complex, tasty, and all-around satisfying. This is a monster, but a balanced monster.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beachmaster (131) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 10, 2014
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden brown, with a moderate khaki head which quickly fades into a disc on the surface, leaving good lacing. Nose is malt and dark fruit. Taste follows the nose, with a hint of hop bitterness on the finish. Very smooth, well-balanced old style alt. Hides the 9.8 % ABV well.


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