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RATINGS: 1751   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.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (1068) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2015 Fresh bottle on 3/28/15 - Appearance is very similar to earlier reviews. Aroma of toffee, brown bread, toasted malt and some pine. Taste has a good deal of malty toffee sweetness along with earthy molasses, tannic oak and some piney hop bitterness. Finishes with lingering pine and earthy bitter. Mouthfeel is semi slick with a medium/full body and low/moderate carbonation. A tad on the sweet side and a bit too much bitterness. I prefer it with some age. 2 year old bottle drank on 11/17/14: Pours a murky orange honey color with a light tan finger of head that disappears quickly leaving little lacing. Aroma is a bit sweet with toffe, toasted malt and mild spices. Taste is somewhat sweet with some caramel and dark molasses. Has an earthy spiciness and a flavor sort of reminiscent to burnt marshmallow along with a bit of booziness. Finishes with some earthy roasted flavor. Medium bodied with low carbonation. First review 1/13/13: Mild bitterness with somewhat spicy and sweet taste. Low carbonation. Not bad for a darker beer. (3/5 stars in other app.) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (5182) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2013
Une bouteille offerte par tom10101. Un liquide plutôt ambré qui se coiffe d’un petit col mousseux. Un nez dense mais peu complexe par sa structure maltée et par la présence d’un alcool fruité. Une bouche dégoulinante de caramel, de sucre d’orge et de toffee avec ses mouvements fruités et son souffle vanillé. Une impression sur le palais qui m’est appréciable. Un corps bien roulé avec une texture en sirop. Un apport minimal des bulles. Une finale longue, lourdement maltée et franchement alcoolisée. Définitivement une bouteille à partager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Draft at blue monk, sherry or whiskey looking pour, light carbonation, little head. Medium aroma of toffee, caramel malts. Pretty bitter upfront, toffee, caramel, light medicinal booziness towards the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
njager246 (697) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle. Thanks Eric! Copper with a little head after poor.. smooth with hints of oak and molasses... great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (4108) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Pours a clear copper from the bottle with thin ring of off-white lacy head that sticks moderately. Aroma of oak and vanilla, brown sugar, booze and a hint of peppery spice. Taste follows, but booze is covered by nice notes of vanilla and molasses. Bittersweet finish, pretty damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidmartinek (4688) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2013
Rich, cold amber. White ring head. Old paper and oak aroma. Medium-light body for such a strong beer. A little alcohol in the nose. Smooth balanced flavor with, caramel malt well balanced with light bitterness. Good, strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deaconmike (470) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2013
On tap at Founders. Copper pour. Nice lacing throughout. You get sweetness and molasses in the aroma. More of the same on the taste but really nice caramel malt flavor. Balanced nicely with a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. This one went down way to smooth for the ABV. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - APR 17, 2013
Bottle pours redish orange lively thin white head nose was grassy but smokey dry yet rich in fruit notes with little boozey end taste was actully less malty than i thought it was going to be nice hop flora no real molasases i tasted but very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1508) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - APR 25, 2013
Mmmm, the label is dead on with the malt barleywine analogy. The pour is a somewhat cloudy copper with a very thin white head that leaves next to no lacing. The aroma is bursting with sweet malt. The taste is similar with a huge malt taste up front followed by a hint of bitterness in the finish that provides an excellent balance for this beer. It’s smooth and robust & certainly lives up to the founders standard! Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTeusink (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Midway put on a 2012 keg in celebration of ACBW. I have a couple at home, but they are destined for a trade. Pours brown with decent head and fabulous lacing. Smell is more grassy than I would have expected. The sweet molasses flavor carries much of the weight for this old ale. My own conventional wisdom figured the palate would be thick and viscous, but it had lively carbonation. Good beer, a little sweet for my hoppy American sensibilities. Draft - Midway Pub - Atlanta, GA

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