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RATINGS: 1800   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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3.6
beerme31 (685) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Bottle. Pours cloudy light brown color. Aroma is very malty, bread, caramel, toffee. Medium sweet taste. Full body, thick and smooth texture. Can definitely taste the alcohol in the finish but it is quite subdued. Enjoyed the oak flavor. Nice ale overall.

3.6
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 29, 2013
A - pours amber orange with 1 finger off white head. S - brown sugar, candied sugar, bitter hops, cereal grains. M - med full body, average carb, thicker end. Round and quite smooth. T - grains, brown sugar, candied sugar and bitter orange marmalade. Caramel malts. O quite good 3.6

3.6
Tomy63 (201) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - NOV 18, 2013
Couleur ambre clair, reflets oranges. Nez sur le sirop, le sucre, la marmelade d’orange, appelle une bière épaisse et un peu acidulée. La bouche est sur le caramel, très confite et sucrée, beaucoup d’orange, un côté aigre-doux, un peu d’acidité. Texture épaisse, sirupeuse même. Un peu d’amertume en fin de bouche. L’alcool ne se sent pas. Finale assez longue, un peu amère, aigre, toujours de la marmelade d’orange, un peu d’épices. Mais ça devient vite écoeurant, trop de sucre

3.6
Otterdance (164) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 This is sweet and malty with a yeasty squeeze. Vanilla and biscuit also apparent. Very soft for the alcohol content.

3.6
williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Bottled 26 April, 2012; drank 27 January, 2014. I have never seen a beer with this much spent yeast in it. (If it’s this old, pour it slowly and let the sediment sit in the bottle. (It’s not bad for you, just kind of unsightly.) The color is a murky red-brown. Aroma is 100% soupy, taffy malt. The taste is nutty chocolate, mocha and a dusty molasses. The malt is sugary. Earthy basement flavors bring up the rear. It’s halfway between a barleywine and a chocolate stout. Best sipped slowly, at room temp, from a snifter. Considering it’s a Founders, there is a distinct lack of hops. It’s intense, and gives a quick buzz, but it’s not their most complex or their best.

3.6
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Draft to glass at the Vintner. Beautiful transparent pour with a nice red hue. Mild head with great lacing. Smells like a dry barelywine. Tastes of yeast, dates, and molasses.

3.6
martin00sr (4041) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2014
Clear, dark amber. Small white head. Sweet malt aroma. Taste is malty, with wood and tobacco, well rounded. Malt and sweetness well balanced by the bitterness. Low carb, long finish, bitter and perhaps lightly sour.

3.6
ColovianTrader (464) - - APR 13, 2014
Caramel, oak, molasses, cider and golden raisin flavors. Strong alcohol bite at the finish. Hints of cinnamon and spice. Good feel. Not fond of the boozy flavor but still good.

3.6
RussianDragon (578) - - APR 21, 2014
Pours a clear copper with a hint of ruby when backlit. Head dissipates quickly to a ring of bubbles along the glass. The aroma is booze, banana bread, and allspice. Flavor is complex - malt, oak, vanilla, with the molasses masquerading as toffee. I am reminded of a bourbon-soaked banana-nut bread, if there is such a thing. This is recently bottled, and will definitely come into its own with aging. 2014 Vintage

3.6
shaunfield (68) - adamstown, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2014
This is definitely a great beer as you would except from founders, but It’s no backwards bastard.


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