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RATINGS: 1759   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (1252) - USA - JUL 30, 2010
Deep amber with a thin white head. Aroma is rich, musty with something that reminds me of spiced bread. Definitely unique. Flavor is also somewhat hard to peg. Rich flavor, some strong bittersweet notes. Hops are somewhat present but overwhelmed by the musty malty taste that was in the aroma. Some slight spice in the finish. Could almost describe this as liquid spiced bread. Overall, very interesting, you cant reach for this beer at anytime, but a pleasant experience.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 26, 2010
(Bottled, sampled 2010-02-03) Clear deep copper with a small head. Strawberry nose with some fruity alcohol. Strawberry also in the flavor, with some stingy alcohol, touch of fruitiness, berries. Almost full body, medium CO2. A berryish, rounded and slightly alcoholic, not the most complex brew.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
llcooldave (1197) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Overripe banana aroma mixed with some cereal notes. Cloudy copper color. Bitter alcohol flavor, kinda unappealing... Overall it has a complex aroma but not that great of a flavor. Thanks to BarZigKin for sharing this!

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Pours like an Amber. Smell is faint, but maybe a malt/whiskey type. Flavor tastes like malt and strong alcohol content...yet enjoyable. Definitely warms the insides.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Dark copper brown with a fizzy white head. Sweet malty toffee and vanilla aroma and taste with some fruity candy sugar notes to the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2010
On draft. This was a very thick beer with a high alcohol content. I enjoyed it very much while sipping it for a long time. I had to throw back the last 1/4 of the pint and it was a little rough. Another flavorful beer from Founders.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 17, 2010
Bottle @ Beertemple. Dark orange brownish pour, medium off white head. Aroma is fruity, whisky, sugar, overall quite sweet. Flavour is liquorice bitterness, coffee, mokka, caramel, quite sweet overall. Lingering slowly to some bitterness and back to sweet. Nice but too sweet for me.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mixmasterob (1054) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2012 Bottle. Poured a clear reddish orange with no head although some lace was left behind. Aroma was of a lot of malts, some caramel, maybe some acidulated? Subtle sweet aroma from the malts, some fruit (raisins?), and some heat from the alcohol. Light carbonation led to a a full and oily mouthfeel. Nice finish, an extremely smooth and lasting bitterness. This seemed like a mellowed out barley wine to me, very nice indeed. The near 10% alcohol fooled me. Not my favorite style but I enjoyed this one. Update: This has become one of my all time favorite beers. Its delicate and robust at the same time. So smooth its not fair. One of the best crafted ales I have come across since I began this journey. Top shelf. Yes, this is my favorite beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (4047) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2010
This is something of an English barleywine, Id say, though it has a striking spice presence despite the fact that I dont believe any spices were added. It look plain in the glass, orange in color w/ a slight haze and a small head. The nose begins w/ an unfortunate metallic note which covers to some extent an overall very interesting cotton candy and cinnamon spice note. The taste, though, is quite lovely, sweet and fruity, complex and again w/ many warm spice notes. Its just a little sticky on the palate which suits the style in the case w/ mild carbonation an djust a hint of alcohol burn. That whiff of metal up front is a real downer. Otherwise, this beer would be a winner through and through. Instead, it is just a nice strong ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUL 10, 2010
Beautiful reddish copper body with a small off-white head that leaves great lace. The aroma is beautiful with malty sweetness, some biscuit bread action, and some dark sweet fruits. The flavor is the same, and very good. A bit spicier and almost a bit of a pumpkin character. Great medium to full body on the palate with soft carbonation. Overall: a very solid interesting and well done beer. The alcohol has a definite presence, but it isnt bad. The warming quality is quite nice.


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