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RATINGS: 1798   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
novice101 (308) - - APR 18, 2014
What an amazing beer, pours dark amber with an off white head that persists through, smells of loads of caramel and sweetness in general, taste of vanilla, molasses and some caramel sweetness, the back is brought up with some alcohol to balance,

3.8
Roger60 (236) - - DEC 24, 2016
SB beställning, flaska. Bärnstensfärgad med matt skum. Doft av honung och svag humle. Lättflyktig och slinker ner. Fin ale. Bra drinkabillity. Bra till riktigt gammal Stilton.

3.8
BlazerT (1212) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - JAN 2, 2017
Bottle. Sensoric. Brown, medium hazy with small, dirty white head. Poor head retantion and lacing. Aroma is heavily malty - mainly caramel, roasted, lightly hoppy with moderate spicy character, riped, tangy dark fruits, barrel notes are moderately noticeable. In second or third raw some kind of peaty character. Taste is nearly heavy sweet and moderately bitter - stable, long. Medium body, slick texture, average carbonation, finish is malty, spicy, densed. Summary: Nice brew. Rich in malts, spicy character empowered by some moderate hoppiness. Podsumowanie: Słodkie, przyprawowe, owocowe, sporo karmelu, melasy, pikantnych, suszonych owoców. Bez nadmiernej ulepkowatości. Beczka fajnie wyczuwalna, bez szału, ale nieźle komponuje się z całością. W tle trochę jakby klimaty lekko wędzone, co przypomina trochę scotch ale.

3.8
Chalumeaux (1645) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2017
Poured from tap at Tuckaway nice copper color with a thin tan head. Aromas of caramel fruit hop dark fruit and brown sugar. Taste is sweet caramel fruit alcohol.

3.8
Palme (4816) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2017
On tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. This is a clear deep dark almost glowing orange one with a small islandy and sidesticking beige top. On the nose I get some wood, oak, a little bit of alcohol, a nice pleasant sweetness and something light spicy. The spice quite evolves and opens up after a while in the glass! Not extreme, but still really nice smelling. Lots of flavor! Well bitter with both nuts, licorice and grass. The alcohol is a bit to obvious in this, perhaps. Doesn’t feel correctly balanced in a way. It gets more vivid after a while in the glass, leaving my mouth light wood dry with a warming aftertaste. Can safely say that this is grew on me, and I wouldn’t mind a second go where I have some more time. 04.05.2013

3.8
Jokestereo (364) - SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2017
Pour pitch dark copper with almost no head.Aroma; Molasses, dark dried fruits, caramel, brown sugar, raisins and minerals. Taste; Brown sugar. Caramel, dark dried fruits, brown sugar, raisin and malt.

3.8
RedSox2004 (1961) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Amber/brown with a thick haze, smallish head with good retention and spotty lace. Aromas of molasses, brown sugar, caramel, maple, oak, vanilla and alcohol. Caramel, molasses and brown sugar sweetness dominate the flavor profile that includes a hint of earth and generous warming alcohol. Full body, minimal carbonation, viscous mouthfeel and a thick caramel/syrupy finish.

3.8
Iznogud (4058) - CROATIA - APR 16, 2017
Bottle, 355 ml, courtesy of JFK10000. Shared with him and Max. Pours copper to amber with beige head. Average to heavy malty, toffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, nutty. Moderate to heavy sweet with some light bitterness in finish. Medium to full bodied.

3.8
WABeerFiend (413) - - APR 26, 2017
Bottled 01.27.17. A: Typical barleywine apple cider quality. Syrup is there too. A: See through dark red body. T: Follows the nose. Molasses and slight oaky woodiness mix on the back end. P: Mostly smooth with a bit of oiliness. O: The acidic edge that you often find in barleywines/old ales seems softened by the sweetness of molasses. It’s balanced too, which seems to be a Founders standard.

3.8
Metalchopz (3472) - 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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