RATINGS: 1800   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coachd (837) - Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2014
The aroma is hard to place - sort of like a scotch ale with its maltiness, but a little more spicy. Pours a great amber color with a surprisingly large off white head that takes a while to dissipate. The taste is malty but not sweet, instead bitter with some boozy undertones. Very drinkable for 9.8% ABV. Call me crazy, but I found it to taste like an imperial IPA crossed with a coffee stout. I don’t always like oak aging, but it really comes across nicely in this one, enhancing the aftertaste considerably. The palate was slick with a bitter and slightly oaky finish that lasts until your next sip. I was reluctant to try this because it says it is similar to a barleywine, which I am not a fan of. The barleywine characteristics in this one are slight, and overall it’s a must try. Founders, you have impressed me once again.

josanguapo (1682) - SPAIN - JUL 4, 2017
From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing 12 Labours of Hercules 4 + Little Big Adventure Enhanced. Very alcoholic in both nose and mouth, and the oak aging seems to make it feel even more alcoholic. Bbf Nov 2016. It has been hard to finish

alex_leit (4107) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUN 13, 2017
Bottle. Amber color, good foam. Good vanilla aroma: sweet, oak, malt, wine, sherry, wood, bourbon. Taste: barrel, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, creamy, soft, a little bit of hops, bitterness.

mjik83 (1580) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2017
30cl van de tap bij Zeezicht, Breda Alcoholpercentage van 9,8% Uitgetapt in Zeezicht glas Uiterlijk: hazelnootkleurig met redelijke schuimkraag Aroma en smaak: neus is zoet rijp fruit, smaak is caramel, bittertje, nootachtig, zoet van kandijsuiker, stroperig, rozijnen Conclusie: heerlijke dubbel

Idiosynkrasie (7533) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 6, 2017
355ml bottle [A big thanks to Maddie!]. Slightly cloudy, dark copper colour with average, sudsy, fairly lasting and lacing, sulphureous head. Oaky and malty aroma, notes of toffee, a touch of vanilla, old walnut. Taste is dry oaky, sweet-ish malty, slightly alcoholic, notes of toffee, walnut; warming alcoholic finish. Oily texture, soft palate. Not my cup of tee.

Trolle (31) - - JUN 4, 2017
Temmelig sød øl med pæn gylden farve. Fyldig smag men mangler noget modspil til sødmen. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Itzjerm (2869) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2017
Sweet warm fermentation flavors. Has medium body for abv. Lots of head. Overall not the best old ale. but not out.

vinivini (2430) - Gomel, BELARUS - MAY 29, 2017
Draught at Moscow BCD’17. Deep bronze colour, small head. Aroma: oak wood, malts, dried fruit. Full body. Tart oak dominates the taste. Malty, fruity as well. Light to medium bitterness. Well-balanced. Another beautiful beer from Founders.

SanfordBrewer (1576) - Sanford, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2017
Ruby copper with dense persistent beige head. Creamy full body with moderately high carbonation.

Aroma: rich sweet malt, vanilla toffee barrel character, dark fruit, faint silage.

Taste: charred wood, whiskey notes, vanilla oak, warm slightly fruity alcohol, toated grain, subtle spice notes like cinnamon and nutmeg.

NordicV (2347) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2017
Kopparfärgad öl med ljusbeige skum. Doften är söt med malt, karamell och kola samt även en del jäst. I smaken märks inte jästen och lakritstoner tillkommer.

Metalchopz (3390) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 18, 2017
Enjoyed in Vermont. Pours a clean, dark amber colour with a frothy light-beige head, good retention and creamy lacing. Slightly sweet malty aromas with some dark fruits, caramel and light oak. The wood shows up more in the taste creating a nice balance with the caramel and the hints of vanilla. Alcohol nicely hidden. Not as rich as expected, but lots going on, well-blended.

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