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RATINGS: 1774   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.
Editors Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2011
I really liked this one. It gave me a buzz and tickled my tongue. Hoppy and strong. Nice copper color and decent head. Sediments were floating around and I wanted another for the road oh wait 9.8 a yes sir!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Pours copper with a lot of floaties suspended in there. No head. Aroma is sweet - vanilla, those pink candy peanuts, and dark fruit. Taste is the same with buttery notes and and nice metallic hoppy finish. Tastes like a barley wine really. Alcohal is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is thick sticky and syrupy. A thick heavey beer that is good, but not the kind of thing I would drink regularly.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Poured a very dark brown with a very thin head. Nose is sweet malt and some faint dark fruit. Tatse is very nutty, malty and surprisingly sweet. Drinkable and very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vignale (3557) - Malm, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2011
Brnstensfrgad, med jstfllningar. Liten doft av st malt, marsipan och mogna sta pplen. Smakmssigt lik en engelsk barley wine men med mer beska. Mycket sta toner frn malten av kola, marsipan och ppelkompott.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1841) - Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Pours a cloudy almost mahogany. Aroma is of caramely nuty malt. Light bitter taste to start with a sweet finish. Medium body, medium finish.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dfonorow (2212) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Pours cloudy brown with a slight red tinge and a thin white head. The head disappears quickly and leaves a ring around the glass. Quite carbonated in appearance as well. Aroma is of plums, grapes, a touch of alcohol and a slight wood dusting. Initial flavor is of sharp alcohol with a touch of sweetness and a sour fruit finish. If I had to classify this beer I would say barley wine over old ale - it is overpowered by the alcohol in the taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Pours caramel brown with no head or lacing. Aroma is very caramelly with plenty of candied cherries and almond notes. Smells a bit like orgeat. Full bodied. Flavor is lacking a bit. The alcohol is apparent. Brown sugar and spices on the order of pumpkin pie, but not as good. This is good, but not enough going on for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Hazy burnt orange color with a foamy white head. As the description indicates, very reminiscent of a barley wine. Caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruits are at the forefront here. Sticky sweet with ever the faintest hint of vanilla oak, though I dont believe this one was actually oak aged. Smooth full body with a slick, completely booze-less finish. Another great brew from Founders.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2765) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Bottle. Moderate caramel for the malt, cooked orange for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with hints of dried fruit, bourbon and brown sugar. Head is small, wispy, off-white with some slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear amber/orange. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, slick in texture and has a soft carbonation and a dry and sticky finish. Perfectly balanced, this Old Ale is both rich and crisp, and the alcohol is fairly well hidden, which makes it pretty easy drinking.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Poured from a growler courtesy of Whole Foods, Richmond. Poured with very little head. Color is very opaque dark orange. Aroma is very sweet, high on molasses and burnt sugar; quite indicative of a barleywine. The taste is quite sweet up front with burnt caramel, molasses and a bit of hoppy bitterness. The alcohol is slightly noticeable on the exhale. A very well rounded old ale.


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