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RATINGS: 1774   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malty_MacHops (688) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Rich malt aromas of brown sugar, dark fruit, and a touch of a vinous quality. Brown to deep brown with not head. Sweet malt with earthy hop presence. Full bodied with a long sweet vinous finish.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2013 Pours very nice dark burnt orange with a small amount of beige fizz. The aroma is lightly smooth sweet grains and some oaky vanilla. The flavor is rich with a lot of grain shown but it doesn?t come off too sweet, too bittering, or too strong, very smooth earthy quality. The oak is what pops first with a bright wood and moderate vanilla leaving a pseudo whiskey feeling on the palate after it?s gone. Lingering red grape, apple, and a sort of plum thing linger with the oakiness to mellow into a wonderful smooth delicious beverage, so easy to drink at 10% I have to slow myself . The carbonation is lower which fits well and makes it feel like a snifter type of drink. Thank you again Founders. -- aged one year-- smooth grains more sweet with tasty berry fruit notes from yeast. Minimal hops with a nice dry oaky grainy finish, smooth on all accounts.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2006
2006 version. Dark reddish brown pour with a diminishing off white head. Aroma is very strong in bourbon with not much else. Lots of bourbon flavor throughout the taste. A lot like doing a watered down shot of whiskey. Will aging do this beer well? I hope so. I think this beer needs have other flavors come out to taste more like a beer and less like whiskey. I enjoy beers with a touch of bourbon, but to have it dominate as it has in this beer, it is out of place.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Murky auburn red, a scant white head leaves a few spots of lace. Strong malty aroma, raisins and spice an first, turning to grain husks and dust as the beer opens up. Flavor similar, malty, doughy, sweet and spicy. When cold, there was a slightly off medicinal bitter element. With warmth, this fades, and the beer becomes increasingly bready, and earthy, husky, crusty cereal elements are the chief impressions. Medium to full bodied, lively on the tongue.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2010
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Aromas of caramel and nuts, with alcohol. Appearance is dark reddish gold and a mall off white head. Taste is malty, caramel, and alcohol. Palate is thick, but good. Overall, not a bad version of the old ale style.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Senap (682) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2016
Hr var de alkohol! Det mrks att det r nstan 10% i denna. I vrigt en rund och en aning st smak. Fint brun med hyfsat skum.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pityu (681) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 9, 2016
Bottle - Clear ruby-brown colour, medium stable beige head. Sweet aromas of caramel, dried fruits, brown sugar and raisins. Taste is heavily sweet with a lot of dried fruits, some dates, raisins and caramel, a touch of honey and some spices. Full body, soft carbonation, sticky mouthfeel, sweet finish, alcohol is well hidden. Great strong ale with rich maltiness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Ive been seeing this on their website and posters on the wall of the brewery for a long time now, so it was finally nice to see it on tap. Creamy head. Deep brown/ruby color. Pine sap aroma. A little lighter in body than say, a Bells Third Coast OA. Very palatable, tastey offering. But, I agree with Silp in that this is nothing too out of the ordinary for this brewery.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shark_Pants (680) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2014
Clear ruby red with small soapy tan head. Lots of dried stone fruits and booze in the aroma, with molasses and malts as well. The taste has a big boozy hit, with molasses, sweet malt backbone, a little sweetened grapefruit and a long hop bitterness in the finish. Heavy bodied with a peppery sensation on the tongue. Its somewhere between a barleywine, IPA and red ale. Quite good but could hide the booze a bit better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jyrsa (678) - - APR 29, 2015
Pours cherry red with large head. Herbs, sweetness and bready wheat. Frizzly with a sweet after taste.


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