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RATINGS: 1633   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Pours medium brown, with dark ruby tinting. Minimal head forms and quickly dissipates. Lacing is thick and fairly sticky. Big malty sweetness. Slight buttery smell with a touch of vanilla. Somewhat bourbon or scotch like. Mild hints of dark fruits. Mild fusel alcohol. Big malts dominate here, also. Sweet and rich. Dark bread notes. Raisins. Nice caramel notes. Alcohol presence cuts the sweetness and offers a very nice amount of balance. Full flavored and not for the weak. For those who like scotch ales, or just plain scotch whiskey, for that matter, this is highly recommended. Thick, viscous and oily. This one definitely qualifies as ’chewey’. Yet still smooth. Very low carbonation levels. This one is a good example of why I like Old Ales so much. Also, why Founders is becoming one of my favorite breweries. So much of their line is just damn tasty. I could drink alot of these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyobon (1148) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2015
(Bottle) Clear deep amber brown with very thin tan head. Nice rich aroma - toffee, raisins, some tar notes. Lovely palate - full bodied, oily, slightly sticky with fine prickly carbonation. Great taste too - rich, complex and changing. It starts out very sweet, avoiding cloying by the rapid development of balancing flavours. The sweetness is toffee and raisins, the balance is provided by black treacle, burnt sugar bitter notes and by alcohol giving a taste balance reminiscent of a liqueur. There are some lighter fruitier notes too. Very impressive, and dangerously drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewhemia (81) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2015
I really like this beer. Toffee and dates and other good stuff in the aroma. Wonderful maltiness with lots of stuff going on. Great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
altonbrownd (4351) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2015
9/20/2009 9:13:03 AM Bottle from Bierkoning. Beautiful amber body with thin head. Very sweet, reminds me of marsepin and cognac. Very drinkable with lots of caramel, toffee and congac in evidence. Syrupy texture and goes down very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kustie (477) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2015
Tap@onlygoodbeer. Light brown color with thick light brown head. Taste is malty with quite sweet aftertaste. Aroma has plums, caramel, ripe fruits. Flavors of malt, ripe fruits, caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (2354) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2015
Draught at WilliamK. Copper color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, caramel, hops, mango, nuts and malts. Bitter finish with hops, caramel, nuts, mango and grass. Very nice old ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1297) - California, USA - OCT 1, 2015
Pours a burnt amber color with a white head. Earthy, oak, caramel, toffee, biscuit, floral and molasses aroma and flavors. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Caramel, oak and molasses finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
oRos (1403) - sacramento, California, USA - SEP 24, 2015
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours. Copper. Taste is sweat with molasses. Roasted malts as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrana (597) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2015
Slightly sweet with some piney bitterness to balance it out. Has some really nice caramel flavors, molasses, maple syrup, and some slight dark fruit. Not overly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fantti (809) - FINLAND - SEP 19, 2015
Pullo @ Systembolaget. Kaatuu snifteriin punaisen kuparisena ja hiven sameana, noin kahden sormen paksuisella ja kestävällä vaahdolla. Tuoksussa on sokerisuutta, alkoholia ja tynnyrin tuomaa puumaisuutta sekä vähemmän marjaisuutta ja vanilijaa. Maussa jatkuu sama linja, se alkaa puumaisudella ja marjaisella sokerisuudella, sitten iskee alkoholi ja lopussa kermaisempi vanilijaisuus ja lievä karamelli tulevat esiin. Suutuntuma on hyvin hyökkäävä, alkoholi tuo loppuun lämmittävyyttä. Melko viinainen sekametelisoppa, näin vahvalta oluelta odottaisi täyteläisyyttä ja lempeämpää maltaisuutta, nyt ilmeisesti kypsytys on ohentanut makua, muttei ole tuonut merkittävästi lisäarvoa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SirLimpsalot (2902) - SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2015
@ Stordirren 15-9-14: lätt doft av kola. Smaken är mycket mjuk med söta toner av kola. Trevlig.

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