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RATINGS: 1468   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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lele (131) - Padova, ITALY - OCT 15, 2014
Birra particolare e spettacolare. Il colore è già una particolarità: color ruggine, manto di volpe, tendente all’arancione. Schiuma fine, poco spessa e poco persistente, di color giallo/arancione molto chiaro. Nell’aroma si percepiscono chiarissime note liquorose, barricate nonché di succo di melagrana e di frutti rossi, leggermente aciduli. In bocca è un capolavoro. Il liquore barricato è ciò che prevale: Porto, Grand Marnier, whiskey si sentono chiaramente. Il dolce del maltato è predominante, ma alla fine del sorso si avvertono anche leggere note amaricanti e un leggerissimo salato, che rendono la bevuta ancora più interessante. Può essere paragonata anche ad una Barley wine, per il suo carattere liquoroso e "stagionato", avendo però delle sue note peculiari.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewaha (129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Poured into a Duvel glass. Very limited hear. Hops were very evident but not overpowering. Not bad, but nothing writing more about. Perhaps after paying $14 for a 4-pack I was expecting something a little more special.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Holtguy (123) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 Dark amber color, small head. Whiskey aroma and flavor, with strong maltiness and sweetness. It’s so sweet it’s sticky. But the boozy nature of the beer, coupled with the malt and oak flavor balance this out very well i like this beer a lot. One of my all time favorites. I thought my score should reflect how highly I think of this beer. Re-rate: the 2013 batch has 9.8% abv, which I think is a tad higher than it used to be.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2013
I call this a light barley wine. Nice full malt background and a tad sweet, not too syrupy. Good drinkability for close to 10% ABV. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparf (121) - Östersund, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2012
Flaska på Monks Wallingatan 2012-11-06 Halvstor, kryddig arom med inslag av källare, träfat med vaniljton. Visst alkoholgenomslag. Tendens till rökighet. Förvånansvärt tunn. Dåligt skum men en vacker bärnstensfärg med lätt dis. Smakrik och komplex. Örtig och jordig på samma gång. En stor vanlijton slår igenom lite för mycket, däremot inte den starka alkoholen förvånande nog. Kunde varit mer fyllig. Eftersmaken är aromatisk med inslag av lakrits.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2006
I think somebody put rum in mine. The mix of vanilla and bourbon barrel woodiness gives this a very rum like scent and flavor. My 4oz sample was more than enough, but it was interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coachd (120) - Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2014
The aroma is hard to place - sort of like a scotch ale with its maltiness, but a little more spicy. Pours a great amber color with a surprisingly large off white head that takes a while to dissipate. The taste is malty but not sweet, instead bitter with some boozy undertones. Very drinkable for 9.8% ABV. Call me crazy, but I found it to taste like an imperial IPA crossed with a coffee stout. I don’t always like oak aging, but it really comes across nicely in this one, enhancing the aftertaste considerably. The palate was slick with a bitter and slightly oaky finish that lasts until your next sip. I was reluctant to try this because it says it is similar to a barleywine, which I am not a fan of. The barleywine characteristics in this one are slight, and overall it’s a must try. Founders, you have impressed me once again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Augdraught1981 (119) - Harlem, Georgia, USA - AUG 23, 2013
From a year old bottle I had cellaring. Pours a dark reddish brown with thin head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, caramel, alcohol & some fruit. The palate is thick and the alcohol is evident with a lot of oak & dark sugar but not as overpoweringly sweet as I remember this being when I first tried it. The flavors have rounded out nicely over a year. Very powerful & strong ale with strong character.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Smells strongly of bourbon. Brown with a lacy head. Wow is this thing smooth and malty. Sweet and smooth. The aroma of alcohol is stronger than the taste of it, which could be dangerous.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Pours a deep cherry red, hazy, with good head but minimal lacing. Aroma of whiskey. This ale has a wonderul bourbon whiskey flavor, as much as you could possibly want, yet without coming across as a "whiskey wannabe" -- it’s an ale all the way. Additional notes of coconut, brown sugar, oak, some cherry. Nice alcohol warmth. I’m a variety lover, yet this is one of the few beers I feel like I could enjoy every day.


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