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RATINGS: 1768   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrana (640) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2015
Slightly sweet with some piney bitterness to balance it out. Has some really nice caramel flavors, molasses, maple syrup, and some slight dark fruit. Not overly sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2014
Aroma of treacle, reminds me of my mum baking cakes when I was a kid; looks deep brown, hint of gold, clear; negligble head and looks flat; tastes smooth; nice tingle of carbonation; lots of sticky malts; hint of whiskyish saltiness; ok, but far from amazing and difficult to plough through - would be better served in nips.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kingi (638) - - AUG 11, 2016
Muddy brown, tan head. Aroma has a bit of alcohol, raisin, caramel, bread. Taste is medium sweetness, lightly bitter, alcohol. Finish is mostly alcohol warmth.medium body, sticky, average carbonation. Maybe just not my style. Alcohol feel ruins the otherwise pleasant notes.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Berard (636) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours brown with thin white head that dissipates. Sweet cherry aroma over light carbonation. Sweet fruit flavors in the malt. A bit too boozy for my taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2010
pours a transparent brown with little head. nice aroma has some alcohol in it. very smooth beer. hides the alcohol quite well. founders creamy toffee taste. another great one from founders.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkleu357 (634) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Tried this at a tasting in Amherst WI. I thought it was pretty good. My mom, whos not much of a craft beer drinker, really liked it. She must have gone back for 5 or 6 glasses of it. Of course now I see that it is almost 10% ABV so I understand why she was acting a little loopy.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garlic_of_Doom (633) - SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours amber with a tiny off white head. Aroma is very malty, sweet and with some marzipan and syrup as well. Taste is a hefty malt bomb with sweetness and some raisins/figs, at the end theres chocolate and slight alcohol. Very well balanced. Mouth feel is sticky. After taste is quite dry and bitter hoppy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theprof (632) - Nottingham, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2016
Bottle. Aroma rich caramel, vanilla oak and spiced dark fruits. A potent beginning for a dark amber ale with thin broken lace top. The taste is perilously close to barley wine in my view. Densely dark sugared and fruit packed. A fruitcake in a glass but wonderfully smooth. I suspect its an ale that is drunk solo and not simply because of its 9.8% kick. Theres a lot left on the palate un terms of malty complexity. It is getting a high rating from me but also a health warning. Probably the best thing to come out of Grand Rapids since MSUs first class.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2007
12oz bottle. 2006 . Aroma: Lots of sweet maltiness with notes of toffee and brown sugar. Oak, vanilla, and bourbon come through fairly strong. Some light earthiness. Appearance: Medium brownish orange and murky. Almost no head to speak of. No lacing. Flavor: Sweet maltiness, toasted nuts, caramel. Again, the bourbon, vanilla, and oak comes through pretty strong. Some light floral and earthiness before the finish. Semi-sweet finish. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Moderate-low carbonation. Nice alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: I would like to try this without the barrel ageing and see which I like better. Carbonation was too low.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SkillsFactory (631) - ITALY - OCT 25, 2015
Color mogano chiaro con riflessi arancioni, limpida, schiuma ocra di media persistenza. Aroma biscottato, toffee, uvetta e frutta matura a polpa gialla, liquorosa e leggermente vinosa. Aroma inizialmente fruttato e liquoroso, in secondo piano note tostate; bellissima coda molto complessa che spazia da un amaro erbaceo e tostato all'uva passa e all'amarena sotto spirito, nota alcolica molto presente ma estremamente piacevole. Corpo pieno, non molto carbonata.


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