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RATINGS: 1587   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (9024) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
Bottle thanks to Fergus. It pours orange-amber with a small white head. The nose is sweet, juicy, lots of dried fruits, raisin, sultana, fruit cake, muffin, candy and spice. The taste is bitter-sweet, woody, leather, toffee, honeycomb, fruit cake, loads of dried fruits and hefty booze with a warming finish. Fullish body and average carbonation. Pretty big on the booze, but not bad anyhow.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2010 Amber brown pour with a thin white head. The nose is sweet and fruity. There is a distinct herbal/tobaccoish hoppiness that is quite interesting. Some dried plums and a bit of light cherry esters as well. Itís sweet and sticky but plenty hoppy as well. Earthy bitterness and a bit of heavily caramelized wort. Sticky and resiny hoppiness that is quite lovely in here. Very assertively hopped. Iíd love to see it again with a few years on it, but itís quite nice even young. Amber brown, thick oily pour with a light lacy head. Aroma is unusual. Deeply malty with a lightly peppery nose. Lightly musty character as well. Lots of rich sweet vanilla, orange peel and a little bit of light dried fruit. Thick, unctuous mouthfeel. There is a little bit of light syrupy sweetness, toffee and even a little bit of cotton candy. Quite sticky and not all that boozy. There is a faint backnote that is hard to describe (perhaps slightly vegetal) that Iím not a fan of. Pretty assertive, earthy bitterness. 7 3 7 3 13

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (9004) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle. Peach, barley malt and alcohol aroma. Cloudy ruby-amber color with minimal head. Sweet light peach, barley and moderate alcohol flavor. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (8746) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2012
355 ml bottle at ÷lrepubliken on February 11, 2012
Murky orange color, off-white head. Oak, almond paste, alcohol scent. Sweet, minty, alcohol, marzipan taste. Warming alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8622) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Pours dark red with off white head. Aroma is malty and caramel sweet, taste up front is malty with caramel, toffee, and molasses that finishes rather sweet as well. Nicely hidden alcohol, but not my style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8600) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2008
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 Dark muddy purple in color with a thin head. Old, crusty fruit and bread in the nose with a bit of an oxidized smell, Iím loving every second of itÖ crusty old fruity old ales are something I really love, and this one, with a fuller yeast presence than most, is awesome. Notes of old cake, stale pie crust, wrinkled plums combined with an amazingly frothy texture and a brandy-like note create a really nice, moderately hopped old ale that feels older than it actually is.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (8556) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2010
355 ml bottle. From KÝbenhavn, Denmark.
Light amber colour with tiny white head. Yeast, fruits, biscuit and caramel in aroma. Yeast, bitter hops, biscuit and some alcohol in flavour.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Simple caramel and honey sweetness harbors citrusy hops and their leafy bitterness, producing an enjoyable but relatively unmemorable Old Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slab of foam tops the amber.
-The soft carbonation reveals the simplicity and generosity of the malt profile.
-This is very similar to most English-style Barley Wines brewed this side of the Atlantic.
-This doesnít dazzle from the malt-side of things or from the hopsí, so I canít say Iíll go for it often.

Bottles.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (8547) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2011
12oz bottle. Nearly clear brown-orange color with some sediment haze, bubbles sticking to side of glass and a minimal head. This is my first time trying the "old ale" style. First impression, quite an aroma! Ranger Bob from Dutchís Wine Cellar told me this had a molasses flavor, and he wasnít kidding... Sweet malt aroma like Iíve never encountered it, but itís very interesting. Syrupy texture but it seems appropriate in this case. Slight alcohol in the aftertaste. Very smooth finish. This gets better after just a couple sips, I could easily picture myself with one of these in an old-style port-pub.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8530) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Bottle from JPDIPSO. Pours turbid brown with 1-finger off-white head. Aroma of heavy dark fruit and cobwebby malt, plus some oaky bourbon and vanilla notes, and some peaty hints also. The flavor is a complex mix of fruity figgy malts, caramel, some oaky bourbon, hops, brown sugar, cherry, and nut hints. Complex in aroma and palate, and very smooth for a beer of this heft. This is another outstanding offering from Founderís.


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