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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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 1/10/2011. Served on tap in a taster glass at the Haymarket Founders event. Curmudgeon has a dark cherry color, existing between hazy and transparent. An off-white head fades to a ring but leaves layers of lace. Brandy and ethyl alcohol kick me in the nose, with an earthy covering to the sweet dark fruit and malt aromas. Sweet brandy, caramel malt, and some dark fruits open up the flavor. Figs, raisins, and plums. Sweet all the way through. Some light earthy flavors slowly coat the tongue, adding some depth and complexity. This definitely gets better as it warms. The mouthfeel is smooth, brandy-like, with light to medium carbonation. Sticky, with a fuller than medium body. A fun and complex beer. Sweet, with lots of bite, so I am not sure I could drink this all night.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertjm (856) - Albany, California, USA - APR 25, 2012
(trade w/changeup45) - Minimal foam after slight pfft opening bottle. Murky muddy dark brown body. Aroma of cocoa powder and raisins. Very sweet. Raisins and figs. Mouthfeel has a texturre like theres something in it like cocoa. Slight alcoholic aftertaste. Hope to have this on draft someday to see how it tastes fresh.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Thanks to dmac for this 12oz bottle. Aromas of molasses, vanilla with some flavors of malt, alcohol, and some caramel sweetness. Very good on a cold rainy wintery day in San Diego. Paired this with my homemade clam chowder.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ttutony (852) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Hazy light brown. Rich, sweet malty character with a backing of hops that is somewhat subdued but suits the beer well. Thick, almost syrupy mouthfeel. Fantastic malty beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ADfan (852) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 30, 2016
In the glass it has a reddish amber color with a small head. Aroma of sweetness like alcohol soaked fruit, raisins and oak. Taste is smooth with molasses, figs, raisins and more alcohol. Big flavor with a good balance that hides the alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2009
12oz. bottle, with thanks to alexsdad06 for the great bonus. Pours a iced tea color with a thin off-white head, moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, dark fruits, caramel, toffee and honey. Flavor is malty, with more caramel, toffee, and candied dark fruits. Enjoyable enough, but everything just didn’t quite seem to come together as well as it could for some reason. Thanks again Brad!

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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodychevy (850) - - MAY 25, 2014
From a bottle at a dinner party. Founders really can do no wrong for me. Pours a reddish brown with a small white dissipating head. Nose is super malty, caramel, sweet, molasses. Taste is really smooth- the 10% alcohol is hidden well- although it is there in the finish if you pay attention. Taste is tons of malts- although it is not overly sweet- with earthiness, pine, vanilla, bourbon, and citrus coming to the party. Subtle and smooth. Kind of makes one wish for the local watering hole in a sea faring port on a cold stormy night.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kosmokrator (849) - ITALY - NOV 22, 2015
Alla spina. Limpido color mogano-rossiccio con un pannoso velo di schiuma beige. Avvolgente al naso con sentori di caramello, mou, frutta sciroppata e un tocco quasi legnoso; gusto dolce, rotondo, liquoroso con note che richiamano gli aromi e che persistono a lungo. Corposa, cremosa e fantastica!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (848) - 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.


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