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RATINGS: 1502   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldgrumpy (104) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2012
The beer by which all other beers are rated. There is no better beer to sip by a fire on a cool evening. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Xenon (104) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2014
An explosion of grape upon first taste. I prefer this flavor to the raisin that is commonly found in these types of beer. The fruit tastes more alive. Strong caramel nose with secondary licorice Boozuness is obvious and not recessed. Very sweet though with almost no bitterness. You can tell it s not a barley wine because the hop flavor doesnít really exist much here. I like that about it though. Malt purity

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
vt3stick (103) - Chicago, USA - MAR 30, 2013
12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with very little head. Nose is very boozy with lots of oak, burnt sugar, and smoke. Mouth is oily which is not an ideal characteristic for me. Strong malts on the front with the booze on the backend. Finishes bitter with a bit of licorice. Least favorite of the Founders but I think itís more because I donít love the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2009
tap at the coppermine...nose was caramel, malty sweet...flavor was sweet, dried fruits and candy...boozy but not overwhelming

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slayer02348 (103) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Pours out an opaque clear reddish brown with very little head. Smell is sweet and of alcohol. Taste does not disappoint. Very sweet and smooth, easily drinkable and very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnMan (102) - Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2011
This beer has an interesting bitterness as well as caramel/toffee sweetness. I get some dark fruits, and hints of biscuit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
djredpop (101) - Downriver, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2010
Aroma: Fruity esters and alcohol / extract. App: Clear tarnished penny with short-lived cream-colored head. Taste: Caramel, raisins, figs, yeast, alcohol, and something like whiskey / bourbon. Low carbonation. Flat, oily mouthfeel. Medium-heavy body. Sweet alcoholic finish. Warms the innards. Not my favorite style, but a good example of the type. Iíll bet itís wonderful in January.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chrishrt30 (101) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 23, 2013
Dark golden colour, with very little head. Big sticky date pudding aroma, chocolates and caramel, golden syrup and liquor. Drinks like syrup, thick and caramel. Sweet candied fruits, apricots and orange. A nice bitter sweet hop finish, a little pine and citrus. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Xebbe (100) - - SEP 12, 2014
Luktar både sött och salt. Även smaken har lite havsvatten i sig. Annars påminner det om tunn belgian strong Ale men med fyllig kropp. Det är tydligt fokus på malt. Lite överskattad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burtonbaton930 (100) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Picked up a four pack of these. Pours nice clear mahogany with a small head that turns to lacing on the glass. Smells of peat, caramel malts, and dark fruits. This beer tastes amazing. Very similar to the flavor of a barley wine but not as intense. Loaded with caramel and toffee notes. Palate is perfect, very silky and smooth. Deceptively strong at almost 10% ABV. Amazing.

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