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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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3.5
thewolf (12949) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2009
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph.
Pours deep brownish red with a slight haze to it. Fine, staying, creamy, off-white head. Super lacings. Aroma has fat caramel, port, raisins, light vinious, chocolate and a bit of fruity hops. Low to medium carbonation, lovely oily mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, port, oak, roasted, light chocolate, caramel. Fairly vinious. Lovely hoppy finish with some raisins and a touch of dark chocolate. Good beer.

3.7
Pinball (12624) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2009
UPDATED: APR 20, 2016 almost clear brown, thick yellow head. nutty berry aroma, also a bit barley wineish. flavor is sweet malty, strong, yeast, faint sweet fruity (close to banana), ends going more and more bitter. nice.[6,3,8,4,16]. re-rate 2016-04-20 bottle from kihoskh. clear orange amber, smooth white head. malty and bready aroma with some faint woody boozy notes. aroma is similar to a sweet oak aged barley wine. flavor is barley wine malty, with noticeable wood and bourbon, quite balanced, towards the end, the wood bitterness is quite massive.

3.7
deyholla (12590) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2009
On tap at MBG Summer Festival. Poured a reddish hazy amber with a light brown head. Aroma was sweet throughout with barley notes. Began with sweet malts but dark notes as well as alcohol grew throughout. Quite thick on the tongue,

3.3
jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2009
12oz bottle–pours an off white ring for a head and hazy copper color. Aroma is medium malt-toffee, dark fruit-cherry, boozy/wood. Taste is medium malt-toffee/brown sugar, dark fruit-cherry/raisin, boozy/wood, herbal/spice hops. Nicer as it warmed to cellar temp then room temp. occasional. Sipping. Thanks to decaturstevo for sharing.

3.6
rosenbergh (11957) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2010
355 ml bottle. From København, Denmark.
Light amber colour with tiny white head. Yeast, fruits, biscuit and caramel in aroma. Yeast, bitter hops, biscuit and some alcohol in flavour.

4.1
madsberg (11799) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2007
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense light brown head. Pine, sweetness, vanilla and light fruits in the aroma. Quite complex and balanced. Flavour as well is on the better side. Loads of vanilla (bourbon barrels?), soap, fruits and flowers. This must be the 2006 edition. The barral notes are very dominant but yet nicely integrated in the beer. Medium to full bodied. Quite dry. Light bitter sweetish end, where the barrel notes again plays a major role. Nice alcoholwarmth on the lips.

3.9
Meilby (11791) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2012
Bottle 355ml @ home
Pours slightly hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, raison, plums, dried fruits, wood and vanilla. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long very smooth, caramel, vanilla and dried fruity finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat.

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shrubber85 (11710) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle. Peach, barley malt and alcohol aroma. Cloudy ruby-amber color with minimal head. Sweet light peach, barley and moderate alcohol flavor. Nice.

4.3
77ships (11482) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2013
341 ml. bottle sampled @ ’t Antwaerps Bierhuiske. Thx! Pours dark amber, head is mainly off-white bubbles. Nose is lovely and trumps taste. Smells of sweet maple fruits, caramel, toffee, rich with a hint of oak and some sugar. Taste is a bit lesser, sadly but still good, tuned down compared to the smell. Tastes of sweet caramel malts, toffee, slight fruits, vanilla, hints of oak, molasses, vanilla and some candy sugar. Little carb. & body is a bit watery sadly. Overall very enjoyable still. I have had some mixed feelings about Founders – mainly about them being good but not as good as their reputation – this edges me again a bit closer towards appraisal.

3.5
BVery (11461) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2009
TAP: red/amber pour, nose of caramel and malt. Taste is caramel, malt, wood, and port. Tasty.


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