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RATINGS: 1790   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.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2013
12 oz bottle, Andersons. Red-copper pour, diminutive tan head dissipates into nothing and cannot be easily revived. Aroma is weaker than expected; peppery spicy, wood, brown sugar candy, booze. Flavor really heavy on the malt; oak is more evident here; light vanilla and caramel; blatant alcohol warmth but no astringency and probably could pass for a lesser 7% beer. Nothing here blows me away but this is well done.


4.1
murzyn (373) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - SEP 18, 2017
Barwa brązowa, piana średnia. Aromat karmel, skórka od chleba, winogrona, drewno i lekka wanilia. W smaku przypieczony chleb, toffi, melasa, czerwone owoce i dębina. Jest delikatna wanilia od beczki. Pifko wytrawne, alko totalnie niewyczuwalne. Bardzo dobre pifko.

3.2
oberschlesier (96) - Kattowitz, UPPER SILESIA, - SEP 16, 2017
Aromat słodowy, melasy, smak taki sam. Beczka prawie niewyczuwalna. B. klarowne. Dla miłośników.

3.9
thejackpacker (526) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2017
Bottle from Systembolaget. God the smell is so rich and reminsd me so something so clearly but I cannot put my finger on it, maybe it is sherry, maybe it is just barley wine. No okay ive got it, its whisky. HUGE HUGE whisky smell, i suppose that comes from the bourbon barrels. Colour is a dark shery colour. Taste is also very similar to whisky or anejo tequilla. Alcohol, deep malts. Nothing like the old ales youll find in the UK. Some aged hops in there (simcoe?). Reminds me a bit like drinking an American version of a Westvleteren 12. Its very nice, not a favourite but I can see why people would go nuts for it.

3.7
jonno (2844) - JAPAN - SEP 14, 2017
And Conte was impressed with the midfielder, although he admits he may need more time to settle than the likes of Zappacosta, even though the defender only joined the west London outfit on deadline day.

4.2
BHMarc (5) - - SEP 12, 2017 does not count
Very smooth, flavorful high abv beer. Malty with flavors of caramel and oak. Rum like quality. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
EerieDrinks (242) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2017
2 finger off-white head. Deep ruby coloured beer. Beautiful.

Aroma is plum, caramel, red grape, raisins, dark rye bread, oak barrel and a hint of vanilla.

Taste is dark rye bread, wheat, toffee, slight coffee grounds, slight soil, oak barrel and dried dark fruits. A bit hard to find the actual taste notes, unfortunately. They kind of hide in one big, 'dark' bubble.

Mouthfeel is powerful and punchy. Really tears at your throat, I love it! Gentle alcohol, really well hidden. Medium bitterness. Medium carbonation that stirs the beer up nicely. Dense and rich.

Overall: Great sipper, as expected by Founders. This could've been a total masterpiece if the flavours were as aggressive as the mouthfeel. This brewery haven't done me wrong yet.

4
herinmary (45)
- - AUG 28, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2017 Аромат бражный с нотками гниющих яблок. Вкус карамельный, инжир, чернослив во вкусе и аромате, чувствуется крепость. Послевкусие приятное, сладковатые, есть подозрение что пиво надо пить тёплым.

3.4
rami_pl (3989) - Warszawa, POLAND - AUG 22, 2017
Rami Rami is drinking a Curmudgeon Old Ale by Founders Brewing Co. at Powiśle 2016. Toffi, ciemne owoce, melasa, slodko, nieco lepkie cialo, ladnie schowane alko. Przeszkadzaja tylko takie cierpko-drewniane posmaki. Z-
Rami Rami: Bottled on: 12/30/16 21:24:46 ;)
Rami Rami: A piwowar foundersa ma metr osiemdziesiat jeden i 3 i pol milimetra... ze o innych wymiarach nie wspomne...

3.5
SaintMatty (7439) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2017
355ml Bottle - Dark amber in colour. Caramel, sultanas and vinous notes in the aroma. Rich and fruity taste with raisins, wood, molasses and sultanas.

3.9
CraftyHare (101) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2017
330ml bottle pours dark amber with fine beige head. Aromas of overripe fruit, toffee, molasses and a little oak. Tastes of stone fruit, caramel malt, nuttiness, butterscotch, roasted malt, molasses, brown sugar, pepper and spices. Long finish with spicy wine-like alcohol burn and a little orange peel bitterness. The 9.8% alc vol sits heavy in this old ale and could be toned down a notch as it overpowers the lovey fruit characters. Otherwise, delicious!


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