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RATINGS: 1817   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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3.4
jandorris (900) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 28, 2017
W aromacie pięknie, jest karmel, są ciemne owoce, są rodzynki, są figi. W smaku sporo tego co w zapachu, ale atakuje bardzo nieprzyjemne drewno niestety :<

3.7
Holy (897) - GERMANY - JUN 5, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2012 Bottle shared after day two, sos... decent beer - not too overwhelming or bitter. Easy to drink.

4
HeadyDE (885) - Delaware, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Sample pour at tasting 2012 version..aroma is big and bold with booze and woody notes.mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth yet full bodied with obvious warming presence..very tasty indeed..

4.4
mikeyo1 (883) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2016
Bottle @ home.cellared for 18 months. Pours a beautiful red liquid with a medium-sized head. Aroma is intensively sweet and malty with loads of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, molasses, port wine, raisins leather, milk chocolate, hints of peat. Warming, big body with a smooth texture. Taste starts out with caramel, molasses, toffe, vanilla, leather, plums, raisins. Really good duration. It finishes slighly drier with milk chocolate, some clean maltiness and more dark fruits, earth and a balancing bitterness and alcohol.

3.5
b33r (881) - 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.

4.1
ADfan (877) - 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
RussianDragon (877) - - APR 21, 2014
Pours a clear copper with a hint of ruby when backlit. Head dissipates quickly to a ring of bubbles along the glass. The aroma is booze, banana bread, and allspice. Flavor is complex - malt, oak, vanilla, with the molasses masquerading as toffee. I am reminded of a bourbon-soaked banana-nut bread, if there is such a thing. This is recently bottled, and will definitely come into its own with aging. 2014 Vintage

3.9
icehawk (876) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Bottle
Appearance: Dark orange/amber with nearly non-existent head
Aroma: Booze, vanilla, bourbon, mollasses, oak
Taste: Dark malts, vanilla, slight back of the palate tinge
Palate: Lively mouthfeel. Warming finish and aftertaste
Overall: The malt backbone stops well short of barleywine class, resulting in a really smooth, flavorful, warming beer.

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.


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