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RATINGS: 1773   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Poured from the bottle to a nice brownish orange with thick off-white head gthat lingered to mid glass and left decenrt lacing. Nose is a nice, pleasant mix of malted dark fruit, faint spices and a touch of alcohol (bourbon). Mouthfeel is full and a little thick, and the taste adds some brown sugar to the scents of the nose. Long warming finish tops this one off.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
airrick2003 (872) - Louisiana, USA - APR 26, 2014
Appearance: pours with a huge light tan head that settles into a very high density, the beer is very clear and a nice bare color, nice head retention Aroma: amber malt, some nuttiness, pretty faint under that head Taste: light malt sweetness, has an alcohol warmth to it, bread, some spice, caramel, hints of grain Palate: soft carbonation, very heavy and thick mouthfeel, alcohol on the aftertaste Overall: you know this is a serious beer when you drink it, hides the very high abv pretty well, pretty unique beer

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBHansen (870) - Kge, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2015
Draught @ Taphouse w the CEO. Appearance: pours slightly hazy amber with ok off-white soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, toffee, oak, raisins, whisky and some dark fruits. palette: strong aroma, average carbonation, full body, average to distinct malt sweetness, average bitterness, medium to long duration and an oily texture. Overall: nice complex "strong" old ale

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ADfan (870) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRenter76 (868) - Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Originally rated on 4/20/14. A viscous amber pour, some floating sediment, slight white rim of head. Smells almost like a barley wine, very sweet malty profile, caramel, plum, vanilla and booze. Tastes much like a very strong barley wine mixed with some scotch. flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla, tons of barley, caramel, banana, plum, raisins. a full bodied ale with some, but not a whole lot of carbonation. Overall its very heavy, boozy, thick and rich, this would be much better on a cold dreary night instead of a sunny 80 degree afternoon.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
b33r (867) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Nice amber color with no head. Weak aroma, just a little malty and light vinous notes. Extreme malty flavor makes this one okay.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oobawa (862) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 12, 2011
Ugly. Real ugly. Were talking Tommy Lee Jones in drag ugly. You do not want to drink this beer after pouring it into a glass. You want to poke it with a stick. Then you smell it, and heavy, rolling waves of caramel and toffee and malt smash into your face, filling you with anticipation much like that caused by a pecan pie baking in the oven. Sweet and velvety, with a bourbon-ish backbone and no hoppiness whatsoever, magically covering the ABV with an onslaught of malt brilliance. Infinitely sippable. Like the stereotypical angry old geezer with a heart of gold, Curmudgeon lives up to its namesake. It may be the most appropriately named beer Ive tried since Anheuser-Buschs This Shit Really Sucks Lager (not available in all areas.) (12/20/08)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a rusty red hue to it and not much of a head. Huge aroma of oak, vanilla, bourbon, and caramel. Flavor was sweet and very flavorful. I got a little of the smokiness, oak, bourbon, and not much alcohol except for a slight burn that resembled bitterness. Pretty solid, and how did I never buy this when it was first released??

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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tfontana (856) - 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.


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