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RATINGS: 1465   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.


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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
htnicholas (49) - California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
From 12oz bottle which was bottled on 2/15/13. This "version" was "Brewed with Molasses and Oak Aged." It pours a deep, slightly cloudy reddish amber color with a very thin tan head which rapidly dissipates to a thin ring. No noticeable lacing. Low to medium carbonation and the head is comprised of very dense bubbles. Mouthfeel is slick and slightly creamy. Very nice. The aroma a sumptuous portent of the awesome taste which is to follow. Primarily the nose follows the taste except there is no detectible hop aroma. Taste is moderately sweet without being cloying. Flavors of carmel, dark bread, molasses, figs, vanilla bean, and raisins dominate balanced by a very modest bitterness from the roasted malt and the 50 IBU's of bitterness contributed by the hops. The oak bourbon barrel overtones are quite noticeable and add in a very positive way to the aroma and taste of the beer. They are perfectly integrated into the nose, the taste, and the finish. The finish allows a little more of the hop bitterness to linger but there is a nice sustained carmel sweetness providing a perfect balance. The 9.8% ABV is well hidden, with the beer providing only mild alcohol heat. A very drinkable beer that is complex yet perfectly balanced. This may be one of my top ten favorites. This beer could be reasonably categorized as a barley wine rather than as a classic "Old Ale" such as Theakston's Old Peculiar. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_est_deus (696) - örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2014
Bärnstens färgad med ett brun-orange skum. Doft: Kola, nötter, kanderat socker, malt, billiga dadlar, frukt soda. Smak: Frukt soda, kanderat socker, rostade mandlar, mörk kola, delikat malt smak, lite trä, alkohol. Stark 7:a.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lemke10 (806) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2014
This pours a deep brown color with a slight head. The aroma is slightly sweet. The taste is smooth and sweet. A must try.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Humlehode (95) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Pours dark brown, small head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, some coffee. Sweet with quite high bitterness. A lot of oak. Overall a good beer but the oak becomes a bit overpowering after a while. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lele (128) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (866) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a snifter. A: Pours a magnificent clear amber color forming a small but medium bubbled light yellow head. Low retention and only few spotty lacings left in the glass S: Impressive smell sherry and woody. Delicious. Very sweet and fruity as well. Strong notes of oak, bourbon, toffee and caramel malts. Strong English Old Ale character. Notes of grapes and raisins T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of oak, toffee, caramel malts, crystal malts, bourbon, grapes and dry raisins. Light hops bitterness as expected by the style M: Heavy, creamy and molasses body. Low carbonation. Sweet malts and woody aftertaste O: Good drinkability. Classic English Old Ale. Just another masterpiece brewed by Founders [ BA Review @ 12/24/2013 ]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (2075) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2014
On tap at Rattle N Hum, New York, NY. A dark amber coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit aroma. Tastes similar, slightly sweet, malty, caramel, a little dark fruit, slight treacle. Nice one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2123) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 12, 2014
Bottle from Drinkstore [270914]
Copper red, good colour, clear, frothy white head
Aroma of caramel malts, soft sweet molasses, dab of toffee, sweet quite complex malts
Taste of rich caramel malts, soft sweet toffee, brown sugars, little hops, good malts in this
Palate - soft carb, full body, quite sweet. Finish of warming alcohol, smooth texture, brown malts, soft sweet caramel
Overall - Good warming malts in this, came across as a malty barley wine

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
outlawskies (962) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie gives a 3.9. G. B. gbbnnnnnbbjjhhhgguhuvggyhhhhhhht ---Rat via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gbgbrouge (53) - SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2014
Poured from bottle, dark amber with almost no head. Aroma is strong with distinctive notes of dark bread, honey, resin and herbs. Taste is a real explosion. Full bodied and well balanced, notes of dried fruit, honey, pine and dark bread. Slight bitterness leads a long and lingering finish. Real nice one!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
a_cross (617) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2014
Aroma of treacle, reminds me of my mum baking cakes when I was a kid; looks deep brown, hint of gold, clear; negligble head and looks flat; tastes smooth; nice tingle of carbonation; lots of sticky malts; hint of whiskyish saltiness; ok, but far from amazing and difficult to plough through - would be better served in nips.


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