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RATINGS: 1799   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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3.9
zimbo (959) - SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2013
Deep orange sparkle with a deep magnolia head which thins in time. Nice glossy whisps are left. Good biscuits nose with firm roast& restrained fudge. Nicely soft, chewy and morish.

4.1
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Deep brown color, a little murky, briefly topped by an eight of an inch of tan foam. The head turns into a film in no time. Spotty lacing. Aroma of toffee malt, vanilla, and a hint of sherry. Interesting toffee and oak combination - on the sweet side. Vanilla comes in as well, also some brown sugar. Hops come in for balance in the finish. Oak, vanilla, and warming alcohol in the aftertaste - a nice booziness. Almost full body, softly but plentifully carbonated.

3.8
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle Pours a good hazy amber with a small tan head. The head last fairly well for being thin. Lacing is good. Aroma is honey and a big presence of alcohol. Almost has a whiskey like aroma. Has a light carbonation. A good mouthfeel. The flavor is well blended and the alcohol aroma doen’t hold up the alcohol is well hidden. Has a full body. A real good finish and a good aftertaste. This is a good beer, a touch strong but a good beer.

3.5
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Bottle. Huge citrus and caramel apple aroma. Cloudy orange-amber body, small tan head. Flavor is caramel malt, pineapple, and spices. Alcohol is present also, especially in the finish which is distinctly like bourbon.

3.3
PartyFowle (954) - - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle. Cloudy crimson, topped with a dense layer of tan froth. Smooth yet light aroma -- maple, buttery vanilla, toffee, pancakes. The oak is more prominent and sharp in the flavor, as is a whiskey-like alcohol note. Maple is soft, as are French vanilla, fresh red apple and a late-arriving toasted bread note. Everything in here is subtle, creamily blended and very drinkable for its ABV. I kind of wish it was MORE substantial, actually.

3.9
Tognetta (951) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - AUG 28, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2016 Marrom turva, espuma de pouca formação, pouquíssima persistência. Aroma intenso maltado, caramelado, levemente defumado, alcoólico, uva passa. Paladar bastante próximo ao aroma, dulçor intenso, amargor de difícil percepção. Corpo licoroso, baixa carbonatação. Aftertaste maltado, alcoólico, dulçor persistente. Ótima para harmonizar com queijo !

4.1
tfontana (951) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 3, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass. Aroma is mild bread, caramel. Appearance is mainly clear light brown with some large dark sediment floaters, huge sparkle, finger-width creamy beige head with poor retention and decent lacing. Taste is mellow sweet caramel and bread with perfect amount of oak to complement the flavors and take it to a whole new level. Palate is medium-to-full bodied with creamy texture and nice smooth finish. Overall, an understated aroma and unfortunate dark floaters but taste and mouthfeel really shine. Founders knows oak.

4.2
Hanoi (947) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle. Nose is rich molasses, brown sugar, marzipan, slight brandy. Taste is rich, vanilla, brandy butter, brown sugar, booze, leading to dry leather and oak, some dark chocolate and earth then an oily pine finish. MOuthfeel is slick. An outstanding beer that is maybe just a touch to bitter in the finish for my personal preference.

3.7
aleigator (945) - GERMANY - SEP 26, 2014
Pours a decent bubbly head, with an amber, rubinred color. Aromas of caramel malts with a lot of toffee and a small raisin infusion, while cane sugar and molasse build the foundation with hints of vanilla and rum on top. Begins sweet, with bready hints, which get swallowed by even sweeter sugar and molasse. These stay in balance with wooden, leathery, heavy malts, wrapped up by a slick bitterness. Has an oily, spicy maltiness to it, with vanilla and cream underneath, which defines the character of this brew. It is still pretty sweet on the palate, but without loosing its balance, as it finishes with a gentle, hoppy bitterness of matured hops and oaky hints. The alcohol gets perfectly hidden by the sweet malts, creating a smooth mouthfeel with a slick finish, while being medium-bodied.

3.6
PapaVillum (943) - Valby, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2015
40 cl på fad, 9,8 % ABV, nydt på Ørsted Ølbar, 23. juni 2015. Kastanjefarvet og ufiltreret amerikansk Old Ale med minimal offwhite skumtop på maksimalt 1/2 cm, som hurtigt svinder til kant og overflade. Ret ny og ukendt - for ut - aroma af bl.a. honning. Maltnuancer af forskellige brødtyper. Smagen er præget af bitterhed, men sødmen spiller også en ikke ubetydelig rolle. Solid krop med en pænt opskruet karbonering, et stykke over middel niveau, men det klæder den. Klæbrig konsistens. Afslutningen er bittersød på den bitre lækre måde, medium lang. En solid øl med en solidt bittert eftertryk.


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