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RATINGS: 1399   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowenbrau (1898) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 22, 2013
355ml bottle @Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo. Malty, caramel, some alcohol aromas. Pours hazy dark amber with little vanishing off white head, poor lacing. Medium to full body, average carbonation, okind of oily, sticky texture. Taste is malty, caramel, thick, alcohol. Some fruity notes. Not so well balanced, alcohol not so integrated. Warm aftertaste. Rich an heavy palate.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (2850) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle at home from alesela
hazy amber with yeast floaties and cream tinted lacing. Fairly sweet toffee apple nose. Full bodied, low carbonation, sweet toffee, slightly creamy mouth feel. Well hidden alcohol, slightly malty. Sticky weetabix short finish

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cuso (4384) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle from De Molen web shop. Hazy dark amber color with medium white head. sweet aroma of honey, bee wax, sweet biscuity malt, some fruits. Extremely sweet taste with honey, sweet molasses, bee wax, caramel, vanilla. Too much on sweet side for being enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lunkie (1401) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2013
Spiritus malt aroma. Clear rich amber colour poor head & lacing. Malt coriander herbal flavour. Smith palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ComradeK (1006) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2014
355ml bottle. Pours a murky copper amber, with lots of sediment and a small off-white head, which lasts fairly well and leaves a little lacing. Berry notes, nutty malt and dark rye bread make up the aroma. Quite strong pine and spice hops up front give way to toffee and nutty malt in the mid-palate. Mild berry notes and more spice hops make up the finish. This is a decent beer, but to my mind it is a little over-hopped for an old ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (7096) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 12, 2014
Dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit geringe Schaumkrone. Geruch süß malzig, fruchtig, holzig, leicht alkoholisch, genauso ist auch der Geschmack.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eruizgarcia (196) - - MAY 24, 2014
Very rich and sweet with a smooth velvety texture and honey aroma. Pours a dark amber with a small head. Tastes like a barley wine to me, good but can get overwhelming after a few ounces.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kansascityCW (109) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Orange- red color, small head died fast. Lots of molasses and alcohol in the nose. This is a good beer but a little hot for my liking. I’m hoping this will benefit from a year or two in the cellar.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2006 Bottled version, rated 3 May 2006.The "official" version of Curmudgeon Old Ale is finally in bottles, and has been given the bourbon treatment. Sediment-laden orange-red body, thin off-white head. Strong oak and vanilla bourbon aroma, with candyish sweet malts and alcohol notes. The flavor is woody, leathery, and a hint salty, but the underlying malts are indistinct and merely serve as a sweetish wash on the tongue underlying the oak notes. There’s a little bit of bubblegum on the palate that lends slight interest to an otherwise messy beer. Oh, well. Founders has mostly hits and a few misses, and, unfortunately, this is in the latter category.

On tap at Founders after a long wait! Deep reddish-brown body, medium cream head. Indistinct aroma of sweet, candyish malts with hints of hops bitterness. Served too cold. Surprisingly bitter, piney flavor with rather nondescript sweet malts (hints of berries, cherry), caramel, and toast, but not with the intense focus on the malt bill as suggested in the official description. The finish was bitter with strong grapefruit rind. I expected a bigger caramely body, perhaps with raisins, prunes, or figs, but that was just a dream, just a dream, just a dream...in any case, this is decent sipping material, but, if you’ve tried their I2PA, Devil Dancer, and Dirty Bastard, you’ve pretty much explored the territory this beer navigates.
July 2005 tap (non barrel-aged) version: 7-4-7-3-13 (3.4).

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2404) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Bottle thanks to OhioDad. Well, here goes another ’old ale’ I wonder how different this one will be. Pours copper with a bit of lacing. Aroma is not strong could barely pick up some carmel sweetness. Taste is watery with strong alcohol-bourbon flavor and pine. Burns the throat a good deal. Mouthfeel is watery. This pretty much felt like a watery alcoholic and piney drink. Got no heavy maltiness or sweetness as I would expect from such a beer.


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