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RATINGS: 1816   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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4.1
Marstonlad (976) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. Pours rusty copper with a little white head. The aroma features dried fruitiness, sweet caramel maltiness and a touch of spiciness – fairly rich all in all. Taste offers plenty of variety as well: caramel malt sweetness features initially with dry fruity elements such as fig and raisin, later a subtle hoppy touch rises and adds color to the drying finish. Also some lingering oak and vanilla appear, validating the label "old" in the style category. Excellent taste both in depth and balance. The palate is medium to full bodied, soft in carbonation. A great beer in all respects.

3.8
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2008
A very fine barley-wine. Body was hazy and opaque and straw colored. Aroma was very malty with some fruitiness. Flavor was warming and mellow with some mild cereal-ness I didn’t care for, and a lot of body I did like. Mouthfeel was clean and dry. Had this on tap at Mike Roman’s pub in Bay View, WI.

3.4
coachd (971) - Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2014
The aroma is hard to place - sort of like a scotch ale with its maltiness, but a little more spicy. Pours a great amber color with a surprisingly large off white head that takes a while to dissipate. The taste is malty but not sweet, instead bitter with some boozy undertones. Very drinkable for 9.8% ABV. Call me crazy, but I found it to taste like an imperial IPA crossed with a coffee stout. I don’t always like oak aging, but it really comes across nicely in this one, enhancing the aftertaste considerably. The palate was slick with a bitter and slightly oaky finish that lasts until your next sip. I was reluctant to try this because it says it is similar to a barleywine, which I am not a fan of. The barleywine characteristics in this one are slight, and overall it’s a must try. Founders, you have impressed me once again.

3.7
OminouSC2 (966) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2016
Hazy amber color. Aroma has yeast, spice and some hops. Dominated by a malty taste, it has a nice layer of sweet caramel and a slight bitter hoppy finish. Well balanced.

4
BeerBunker (966) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a copper/amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of malt, caramel, vanilla, bitter fruit, and a very strong alcohol presence. Taste is malt, caramel, raisins, vanilla, all soaked in a nice woody bourbon flavor. Lingering caramel taste. Nice warming booze feel. Couple more of these brews and I’d wake up naked on the front lawn again. Surprisingly drinkable, despite the booziness. This is the perfect beer for a cold winter night or a bitter divorce.

2.6
bwa5879 (962) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Very cloudy carmel brown. Thin mist of white on top. Peaty oak essence overall. Bright citrus hop scents and syrupy molasses. Thick creamy mouthfeel, average carbonation, finish is similar to aftertaste of whiskey cocktail, kind of sour. Flavor is sour and bitter, perhaps like a pale ale with citrus hop flavor aged in oak barrels. Decent but nothing that blew me away. Very peaty, scotch-like.

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.

3.6
PapaVillum (955) - 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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