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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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3.3
SHANER4 (507) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2008
12 oz. bottle - Poured a deep copper color with small head. Aroma - banana bread, yeasty and alcohol. Flavor - Medium mouthfeel, yeasty and grainy. Palate - average to light carbonation. Long strange aftertaste. Overall - alright beer, silky smooth but aftertaste is strange.

3.6
tekstr1der (507) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 5, 2015
It seems this thing needs to mellow while sitting for a while. As served, it was a murky light brown with quickly dissipating off-white foam. Smells of cooked sugar, booze, and wood. Flavors are too varied. Some sweet molasses with alcohol and oak. Slightly rough finish/linger of woodiness. The first disappointment I’ve had from Founders. Perhaps expectations are high here.

3.2
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2008
There is a quality to this beer that I really don’t like. I know a lot of people like this, and it’s a pretty great old ale. I can drink it if I plug my nose. It smells like thrift store books. Anyyyywayyyyy.... it’s a ruby color .. nice representation for the style. Flavor is REALLY malty... almost a peat like quality to the malt there. I smell leaves. Like old leaves waiting for pickup on the side of the street. OK, come to think of it, this beer of the personification of a child molester. It’s kind of musty, dated, old sock-ish, and reeks of booze. I need an adult.

4
beeebon (504) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2015
Pours copper amber with tan bubbly head which settles thin leaving a nice lacing. Aroma is strong on the caramel and malt, some vanilla, pine, spruce and woody. Taste is very sweet initially before settling back and the bitterness comes through giving it a nice drying pallette sensation. Reminds me of barley wine. Palate is smooth, noticable natural carbonation. Overall a very nice, slick and drinkable beer, especially considering the strength!

4.3
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2009
12 oz bottle from Princeton’s. Brown pour, thick foamy white head. Malty, barley aromas, some oak. Sweet, intense flavors... definitely can taste the heavy malt characteristics. Surprisingly very drinkable, nice smooth sweet finish. BIG beer with lots of great flavors going on.

3.9
Sizzler80 (501) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 30, 2014
Amber pour with a thin dirty white head. Caramel, vanilla, dank, woodne barrel, grass, booze, slight pine. Syrupy with soft carbonation. The booze is there but doesn’t overpower.

4.3
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2009
12oz bottle pours deep brown with a creamy tan head. Big time malt, sweet, bread, honey and some smoke in the aroma. Very sweet body with alot of caramel and dark fruit like raisin and plums. There was also some oak and bourbon in there. Great beer.

2.7
Cakes (498) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2010
16 oz glass. Old style ale. Slight head, bitter taste. Amber brown. 9.80% ABV Relatively low carbonation meant there was less than a thin cap of head. The aroma is very malt based, sweet with a honeyish background and just a bit of hops present here.

4
gpekar (497) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Poured a hazy, rich, dark, orange amber with some bits of sediment suspended in the beer. There was a tall beige head at first, but it reduced to about 1/2" rather quickly and just a film eventually. There was a good caramel/toffee sweet aroma and just a hint of chocolate. The beer had a thick creamy texture with a good toffee flavor and a nice alcohol warmth upfront. The alcohol and hops leave a bit of a bite and the warmth lasts well into the finish. There is a nice bit of a bourbon flavor as well that comes through. Excellent beer!!!!!!!

3.7
Brewbie (497) - New York, USA - MAR 18, 2010
12oz bottle. courtesty of ucusty. cloudy brown color, reminds me of apple cider. small head. aroma of malt sweetness, toffee, caramel. At first sip, a nice mix of caramel with little bit of bitterness to offset the sweetness. Nice sipper, but it’s really sweet. One to enjoy for the evening. Thanks, David.


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