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RATINGS: 1812   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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4.3
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2007 2006 Bottle: Deep cherry pour with a thin tan head. The aroma is pretty raw - oak, vanilla and alcohol with underlying notes of sour cherry, cinnamon and plums. Softly carbed, this has a velvetty mouthfeel that is a perfect vehicle the malty body. Rich notes of sugary caramel, vanilla bean, butterscotch are in abundance. Subtle whiskey finish is quite appropriate.




Re-rate 08/29/07: This still displays lots of the notes listed above, but has developed a creamy mouthfeel and the flavors have really meshed. This is really great.

3.8
Sjohnh (1028) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2014
Clear copper brown, with a quickly vanishing head. Big aroma of burnt toffee, smoky wood and traces of umami and nut. Medium body. There is some fruity, orange peel barley wine like flavour in the background, sitting behind dark malts and strong caramel. Boozy finish. Powerful, complex, one to take seriously.

3.8
Mad_Ferret (1027) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2015 355ml bottle @ home. Bottled 041312.

App: Clear, but with minor particles, redish amber with a fluffy yellowed head. Nice lacings.

Aroma: Sweet sticky caramel, spun sugar, old leather, dried fruit, some kind of berry jam, chocolate, oak and some vanilla.

Taste: Same sugary caramel sweetness with dried apricot, litchi, grapefruit and some figs. Chocolate, soft vanilla and leather notes and a smooth woody finish with some licorice root in the after taste.

Palate: Medium to big body with soft carbonation and oily silky texture.

Overall: Very soft and drinkable. Sweet but not cloying. The barrel aging is delicate. I found it a bit tame. Maybe it should have been either older or younger. I was missing some bitterness. Edit 2015-10-17: Felt more of a chocolate character to it this time.

4
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Pours a dark amber color, small off white head. Aroma is incredible, a mix of dark fruit and liquor that swims atop the glass hanging out there making me want to drink this fast. Flavor is sweet, more xomplex dark fruit, a bit of cocoa in the backround. Sweet but not too sweet. Vanilla and scotch comes out as it warms. Great sipping brew. I wonder what age would do to this?

3.7
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2008
A nice beer, from Founders. Good color, though not much of a head. Has that sugary, grainy appearance so common of barley wines, and a good, reddish hued brown color. Nose is warming on its own, dominated by the hops and alcohol. Flavor is, again, very similar to a BW, though perhaps not quite as hoppy or rich in flavor as that near cousin. Finish fades into hoppy goodness.

4.3
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Pours cloudy brownish red color with very little head. Aroma is big and fruity, a deep plum with some caramal and toffee notes behind the dark/dried fruit. Taste is significantly earthier, but the fruit is there as well. Caramel, toffee notes, with some dark rye bread flavors too. Finishes fruity, then dries out immensely with a burnt breadlike taste. Lasts a long time, kind of like the Traquair beers. Thick mouthfeel, very low carbonation. Excellent.

3.8
Ty5592 (1024) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 Bottle via trade with bgburdman9. Funny pured clear caramel color and immediatly became hazy. Aroma of toffe and caramel malts,also alcohol. The taste was thick, rich, and chewy almost doughy. Taste was the same as the aroma with warming alcohol finish. Thanks, Brian.

4.1
jackafholmes (1022) - - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle from archer road beer stop, sheffield. Pale copper with small white head. Nice syrupy smell, lots of malt, bread and caramel. Sweet and strong with good balanced bitterness and warmth. Oily medium body and nice subtle carbonation. Very drinkable, a considerable achievement at this strength.

3.9
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2009
tasting sample at grape & gourmet. pours a syrupy, orange, copper with a very thin white head. aroma was excellent with a big bourbon presence, toffee malts, vanilla, and a hint of floral hops. flavor is excellent as well with big, sweet toffee malts up front, oaked bourbon, hints of citrus and dark fruits, and a unique vanilla candy finish. palate is slightly syrupy, medium bodied, with low carbonation. overall, another excellent brew from founders.


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