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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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3.8
firstsip (752) - Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2015
Tap. Insanely beautiful lacing. Faint nose of lightly sweet nose. Full body. Tastes of spices -- almost a Christmas ale with nutmeg, allspice. Touch of orange. ABV not overwhelming in taste profile.

4
Funknmilla (751) - WAYNE, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle...holy scotch aroma!...along with deep rich malts...deep and sweet they seep...dark copper with brown tones...happy beige foam taking a nap on top of the glass...nestling into the liquid mattress until its presence is hidden....thick creamy body...heavy and sweet...the scotch and malt deeply imbedded...sweet and dry & sticky on the lips...I ponder this upon my sips...peaty and sweety with a little citrus on the finish (grapefruit)

3.7
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Bottled on 04/19/2012. 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. A - Dark red body. Slightly hazy with some sediment and slime rolling into the glass in the last ounce. One finger off white head settles into a thin cap. Great lacing and retention with alcoholic legs. S - Molasses, toffee, oak, brown sugar, plums, and a touch of vanilla. A bit harsh with some alcohol notes but incredibly sweet and inviting. T - Strong toffee notes with some molasses, brown sugar, and caramelized dark fruit sweetness. Smooth with some oak and vanilla on the end. Boozy warmth with a lasting malt bitterness. M - Low carbonation. Body is lightly syrupy and big on the booze. O - Excellent aroma and a great taste, but the booze creeps up fast and becomes a bit too much. Some aging would do wonders on this beer, but at a few months old its not terribly impressive. I do prefer Old Stock to this.

4.2
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Whiskey cider aroma. murky sienna beer with no head. whiskey malt honey cider coriander mom’s spice rack old saltyballs and fruity flavors. lasting tasy finish. superb.

3.4
Senap (748) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2016
Här var de alkohol! Det märks att det är nästan 10% i denna. I övrigt en rund och en aning söt smak. Fint brun med hyfsat skum.

3.8
ehaak26 (748) - - SEP 10, 2016
Bottle poured into a pint glass. Copper color with light tan head. Aroma is malts with stone fruit.

4
elgiacomo (747) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - MAR 4, 2010
12oz bottled 2/14/09. A year old and it’s the first Founders I’ve seen with a twist-off cap, as they are new here in Georgia. Pours amber/copper/brown with a very small off-white head that maintains only a ring on the ege. Laves some spots of lacing. Looks like a barleywine. Aroma is sugary sweet, caramel malts, spiced, vanilla, dark fruits, some bread and yeast, along with a healthy dose of alcohol. Alcohol is better hidden in the flavor that starts with sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, a lot of brown sugar, vanilla, a touch of fruit, bread, chocolate and spice. Mouthfeel is full and silky, low to medium carbonation, more carbonation than a typical barleywine. This is very good, I want to age some but the twist offs make me leary.

3.4
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Bottle courtesy of bulldogp04. Poured a hazy amber with a thin beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, wood and booze. Medium bodied with decent carbonation and tongue prickling alcohol. Flavor is very boozy, really tastes like bourbon was added. Also present are notes of vanilla, wood, spice, and rasin. Finishes like bourbon with lots of warming alcohol. Seems a little unrefined.

3.7
SkillsFactory (738) - 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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