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RATINGS: 1492   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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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
badwhale (376) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle to glass mug. Pours a caramel color, cloudy and almost no head. Looks like good lacing. AVB is evident in this one. Itís almost too boozy, however I kinda like it. Itís barleywine-esque, like the description says. I would keep these in the beer cellar...


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tnkw01 (1191) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle. Cloudy, amber-brown. No head. Aroma is dried fruit, alcohol. Taste is sweet dried fruit up front. Hints of alcohol with a dry finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hangunder (275) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
Smells great, rich, malty, dried red fruit, caramel, brown sugar and a hint of alcohol head in the nose. Dark golden color, relatively clear, with a quickly dissapating head. Tastes quite nice if a bit syrupy. Upfront sweet caramel notes, melds into a syrupy sweet malty middle and a deeply bitter leafy hop finish. Rich and flavorful but could use some more balance. Length quite long. Thick bodied and average carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mep3222 (581) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Very malty beer. Doesn't taste super strong but has lots of flavor. Has a noticeable hop balance but malt dominates. Almost has a bit of a raisin taste. May just be the tap or bar I had it from but had very low carbonation that died super fast. That detracted from the beer, but if that was just a tap thing it would be better. Still a strong malty beer that wouldn't want much of. Slight thick palate too. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mr_h (3100) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2014
355ml bottle from Alesela, Glasgow - clear amber, very thin disappearing head, malty, caramel, alcohol aroma, no lacing, sweet viscous, malty, low carbonation, one to drink slowly and savour

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hank37 (111) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - DEC 13, 2014
Stonefruit and spice aromas, with bourbon tinged stonefruit and raisins. Oak is present up front, sensational beer that has renewed my faith in founders

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
magpieken (71) - - DEC 12, 2014
355ml bottle. Pours an amber colour with a moderate densely packed, tan head. Excellent retention and good lace. Aroma of malt, caramel, raisins, oaky whisky. A lot going on in this one. A nice level of sweetness with some dry bitterness in the finish. Full body, soft carbonation, smooth yet sticky texture and soothing level of alcohol warmth. Grab a good novel, your smoking jacket and relax in comfy chair with this one.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ghostbeer (27) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 10, 2014
This beer was strongly malt balanced. It was sweet and had tons of molasses. Very smooth and easy drinking considering the ABV. It was unique but not really something I would crave often.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Melker (220) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2014
Aroma of caramel, fruits (citrus, apple, raisins), wood, leather. Very sweet and bitter. Long aftertaste. Vad it fresh and it wad great but a little bit harsh.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zekada (269) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle share from a friend. Aroma has malt, dates and grapes. Pours clear amber with a small white head. Taste has some malts and is bittersweet with some fruit. Palate is medium thick and lingers in the mouth. Overall an okay beer. Nice body but you could wish for more taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shark_Pants (266) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2014
Clear ruby red with small soapy tan head. Lots of dried stone fruits and booze in the aroma, with molasses and malts as well. The taste has a big boozy hit, with molasses, sweet malt backbone, a little sweetened grapefruit and a long hop bitterness in the finish. Heavy bodied with a peppery sensation on the tongue. Itís somewhere between a barleywine, IPA and red ale. Quite good but could hide the booze a bit better.


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