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RATINGS: 1682   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
floydslip (294) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Nice looking mahogany-amber beer with a thin foamy off white head that lasts a short while before settling into a thin surface film. Rich nose of toffee, stewed stone fruit, and sweet vanilla. Flavor is a bit sweet, but not overly so, with flavors of caramel apple, molasses, dried fruit, and light oak. This is then counterbalanced by a touch of bitterness that leaves a pleasing aftertaste. It hides its alcohol well. Quite enjoyable

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beachmaster (293) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2010
I poured a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. There, it sat virtually still in its opaque reddish glory, obscured by a number of floaties and raising a tiny head that dissipated almost immediately. The aroma is sweet with brown sugar, grade b maple syrup, and aged wood. The flavor follows suit, with an overpowering and complex sweetness that fades into a mildly bitter finish. The texture is sweet, viscous, almost syrupy, but the body is lighter than those notes imply, making it drinkable despite the high alcohol content. Iím not a great fan of old ales, but this is a great old ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jimsal27 (291) - New York, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Really enjoyed this one. Pours reddish copper color with little to no had. Sweet biscuit, malt aroma. Heavy molasses, toffee, vanilla taste. Very sweet but not cloying. Full bodied little carbonation. No real bitterness. Dry finish. Really liked this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2013
Tap, butcher and the boar. Dark red brown, mocha head. Nose is funky, caramel roasted malt, rich. Taste is boozy, big malts, cereal sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tedovertu (289) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Heavy perfume resin hops mixed with a little butterscotch. Also taste a little bourbon. Small fizzy off white head that has virtually no lacing. Medium amber body. Slightly bitter with a little sour milk in the finish. Extremely long duration. Full bodied with an oily texture. Lightly astringent with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tekstr1der (289) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 5, 2015
It seems this thing needs to mellow while sitting for a while. As served, it was a murky light brown with quickly dissipating off-white foam. Smells of cooked sugar, booze, and wood. Flavors are too varied. Some sweet molasses with alcohol and oak. Slightly rough finish/linger of woodiness. The first disappointment Iíve had from Founders. Perhaps expectations are high here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Bottle via trade with Illinismitty. Pours a moderately clear brown colow with no head or lacing to speak of. Aroma is medicinal with pineapple like sweetness notes. Flavor is sweet and full of bananas, almost has a medicinal like flavor to match the aroma. Coating and sticky/sweet on the palate. Kind of a let down for me but iíd like to try another bottle and re-rate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
e303 (286) - - APR 15, 2014
Bottle to pint glass. A-malty, sweet. M-close to a Barleywine in profile. Nice old ale. F-sweetness and a thick coating. Really good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redtechnj (286) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2014
Aroma- Brown sugar,malt,oak,fruity Appearance- hazy amber, very little head Flavor- rich malty caramel, nice bitter bite,slight smoky oak.

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