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RATINGS: 1758   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swigswthwolves (74) - Michigan City, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Pours dark cloudy amber with almost no head. Aroma is of raisins. There is somewhat of a bourbon undertone. The alcohol is quite heavy throughout this pint. Great beer from Founders.


3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmctaster (81) - Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2016
Dark orange with a white head. Aroma molasses and oak. Taste is molasses, toffee, and oak undertone.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sharkydodson (1243) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - NOV 12, 2016
the aroma is malty and fruity with hints of vanilla, toffee, cream and sweet wine... the taste is fruity and malty with notes of sweet wine, coconut, vanilla, toffee and brown sugar... sweet and dry aftertaste...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jampura (129) - FINLAND - NOV 12, 2016
Yrttinen mausteinen tuoksu, makea sahtimainen runko, hunajainen jlkimaku. Sivistyssana.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acid303 (674) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - NOV 6, 2016
35.5cl bottle. Pours amber/brown with very small head. Aroma is caramel, licorice and fruits. The flavour is very similar, I would say dark ripe fruits along with caramel and licorice. Sweet on the palate, not cloying. Medium body, soft carbonation. Decent, nothing remarkable though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (2887) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - NOV 3, 2016
Bottle from ales by mail I think. Light hazy red, copper, brown color. Thin beige head. Medium sweetness, medium bitterness, balanced. Medium body. Dry finish. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, spices, herby, malt, tobacco. Pretty good!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jury (220) - RUSSIA - OCT 27, 2016
В аромате сладост& и карамел& вкус мощный и алкогол& пиво красиво& цвета. Срок годност& до 21.01.18. (Bottle 0,355/ 9,8%)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DroolYeast (1179) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2016
Bottle @ home. Aroma of vinous, malty, dried fruits, caramel. Clear reddish brown with lasting off-white head. Taste is heavy sweet and light+ bitter. Full body, oily feel and sweet malty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattH (800) - California, USA - OCT 11, 2016
Twelve ounce bottle from Bottles N Bins in Monterey, Ca for 3.29. Light amber pour with a lot of carbonation bubbles visible. Aroma is molasses. Flavor is sweet and includes molasses and malt. I did not get any oak character. Pretty easy to drink considering the 9.8 abv.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theprof (606) - Nottingham, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2016
Bottle. Aroma rich caramel, vanilla oak and spiced dark fruits. A potent beginning for a dark amber ale with thin broken lace top. The taste is perilously close to barley wine in my view. Densely dark sugared and fruit packed. A fruitcake in a glass but wonderfully smooth. I suspect its an ale that is drunk solo and not simply because of its 9.8% kick. Theres a lot left on the palate un terms of malty complexity. It is getting a high rating from me but also a health warning. Probably the best thing to come out of Grand Rapids since MSUs first class.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (1107) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2016

Aroma:
Slight/medium aroma of malts, caramel, brown sugar, wood, vanilla, dried fruit, bread and spices.

Appearance:
Turbid/opaque dark orange/brown beer with heavy yeast and with a slight beige head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, brown sugar, wood, vanilla and dried fruit; ends slightly dry with bread and spices.

Overall:
This beer is intense and balanced, but lacks complexity. The aroma could have been intenser and the appearance and palate are good. Had a really old bottle (around 4.5 years), so that might be the reason for this all. Really reminds me of kerststol.


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