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RATINGS: 1800   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 (885) - 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.

4.4
Cokemonkey11 (879) - - JUL 18, 2016
1/3 pint, keg. Pours medium dark brick red amber and very opaque, turning brown within. Perfect white tan head subsiding average slow. Scent is herbs, maybe oregano. Cumin and cinnamon both. Gingerbread scent - ginger? Old ale. Taste is very dense bourbon cask with a surprising fire on the way down considering the lack of ethanol taste, in spite of high ABV. Very intense. Finish is whiskey. Impressive. Great.

3.5
b33r (875) - 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.

3.9
woodychevy (874) - - 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.

3.8
Bawelt (874) - Lyon, FRANCE - MAR 31, 2016
Mérite d’être vieillie. Nez assez belle avec pas mal de levure, du malt, et un peu de boisé. Bouche assez proche d’une quadruple avec les gouts de mélasse, des notes de chêne très perceptibles bien soutenues par les levures. Vraiment bonne mais reste un peu jeune.

3.8
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
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

4.1
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.

3.8
axl (870) - Lund, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2016
355ml bottle. Clear amber with one finger beige head. Aroma of wood, molasses, mixed bread spices, vanilla, brown bread, toffee and light roasted malts. Taste is wood, molasses, toffee, mixed bread spices, light vanilla, roasted malts and warming alcohol. Medium to filling mouthfeel, initially strong but after a while medium carbonation and warming aftertaste of toffee, molasses and wood.

3.7
MattH (863) - California, USA - OCT 11, 2016
Twelve ounce bottle from Bottles N Bins in Monterey, Ca for 3.29. Light amber pour with a lot of carbonation bubbles visible. Aroma is molasses. Flavor is sweet and includes molasses and malt. I did not get any oak character. Pretty easy to drink considering the 9.8 abv.


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