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RATINGS: 1405   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shaunfield (68) - adamstown, - APR 25, 2014
This is definitely a great beer as you would except from founders, but Itís no backwards bastard.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hman43 (329) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2014
It pours amber with a tan head. It does produce a fair amount of lacing as the head disappears. It has a brown sugar aroma mixed with caramel and spices. It has a strong taste of molasses and brown sugar, with oak flavors that compliment the flavors well.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mltort (9) - - AUG 30, 2014 does not count
Delicious. Started off peculiar. Molasses was especially nice in the after taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sizzler80 (459) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 30, 2014
Amber pour with a thin dirty white head. Caramel, vanilla, dank, woodne barrel, grass, booze, slight pine. Syrupy with soft carbonation. The booze is there but doesnít overpower.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
gringo332 (538) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Pours dark orange with a small head. Aroma is rich caramel, molasses and raisin. Taste has raisin to start with a strong woody molasses and alcohol finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ilovedarkbeer (2279) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Pours a dark brown color. Notes of molasses, licorice, dark chocolate, and earthy hops, Silky mouthfeel with a long finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (2793) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2014
Tap at Teurastamo, Helsinki. Colour is orange with small white head. Aromas and flavors: Dark fruits, raisins, sweetness and malts.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arondee (561) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Pours a dark brown color with little to no head. Aroma is sweet and malty. The taste is sweet and thick with sugar. Lots of caramel and scotch ale type flavors. Decent.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
lb4lb (2531) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Smell is old stale malt. bandaid, gooey, caramel. Pretty smooth given the ABV, but not my favorite smell at all and flavor either. Decent, and better than the dirty bastard but far from anything iíd have again. kind of fruity, caramelly flavored malt. I can see how some would like this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (1022) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Really nice, holding up even at the end of a night of great, and usually big beers. The malt is dominant and rich but not cloyingly sweet. The alcohol is warming, not burning.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kdm1984 (650) - Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Copper-ish color. Nice-sized head, average retention, and thin, inconsistent rings of lacing. Smells like whiskey, brandy, or rum - and chocolate, of all things, along with the accompanying molasses. Maybe some fruit and cake, too. Well, that sure is different. Taste: mega boozy malt bomb. Oak. Very tart! Nose burns after first taste. Second taste: similarly potent. Also noticing lots of acid. Says it has the sweetness of a barleywine, but itís not that heavy-bodied despite everything else going on. Wow. Definitely not having an entire bottle of this tonight. A small pour is more than enough. Some neat things going on here, but itís all rather over-the-top. Recommended, but with plenty of caution. My eyes are even watering.


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