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RATINGS: 1748   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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
bottle(thanks to Danny!) at my leaving FL throwdown(17Dec10)pours hazy brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is light roast, burnt sugar and booze. Flavor is sweet caramel and roast with lots of malt character from toast and nuts to roast and light smoke. Nice.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
albinotron (36) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 12, 2011
I really love this beer. Its the first and only old ale that Iíve tried, but it has enticed me to try more. Aroma is very much of caramel malt. Appearance is a hazy amber with no head. Taste is a nice combination of sweet and a little bitterness. I donít know how, but I feel like I can taste the aging. Very little carbonation. I loved this beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2011
(12oz bottle courtesy of Alexsdad06!). Pours cloudy copper with lots of sediment and 1 finger off-white head. Nice carbonation. Aroma of caramel, butter, and some florals. Taste is sweet with some bitterness on the end. Full bodied with creamy/slick texture. Finish is slightly bitter. Alcohol is noticeable, but very drinkable. A really good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bth122 (1498) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Amber color poured. Med head. Huge malt aroma with some oak flavor. Taste was med sweet and life to med flavor. Med to full body. Creamy and oily texture. Soft carbonation. Long finish. Little bit barely wine tastting. Lots of malt flaovor also. Alcohol balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1547) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Tap. Pour is beautiful clear ruby red with a small off-white head. Aroma is lightly spicy with notes of caramel malt, fresh hop, and light black pepper. Flavor is also caramel malt, light spice, notable crisp hop, and a light black pepper component. Very easy drinking considering alcohol content. This is rather hoppy for an old ale, but I like it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Notes from 12/24/2010 12 oz. bottle from Binnyís Beverage Depot, Chicago Ar: Toffee, deep date notes. Light alcohol seems to be present as well. Ap: Pours hazy deep orange-amber with 1/2" light tan head. Decent lace. T: Pit fruit sweetness up front brings dates to mind. Bitterness on finish almost keeps it from being cloying, as does the mild alcohol burn. P: Chewy, thick, sticky body. Medium carbonation. O: Good winter warmer. The richness of these beers can be a bit much for me without huge amounts of hop bitterness, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2010
This pours an amber-copper color with a decent sized off-white head. Not much left on top. The aroma shows sherry, toffee, caramel, plums, and cherries. Very Barleywine like. The flavor is like a smooth sherry or rum with a lot of sweet toffee. Red licorice and cherries contribute. This does flirt with being too sweet but some slightly bitter grapefruit hops help keep that in check. Very smooth, no alcohol burn, and pretty easy going down. This isnít a stand out but it is pretty solid stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (15278) - DENMARK - DEC 18, 2010
355 ml bottle. Dark amber/brown with small beige head. Flavour is malt, sweet, fruit, caramel and smoke.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2010
2009 bottle, courtesy of drowland, pours a deep amber, deep and malt,sweet, little to no hops. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Pours a cloudy orange color. Nearly no head to be seen upon pouring. Smell is sweet and malty, nothing to particular. Taste is as it smells, with a little bit of booze. Drinkable with just enough complexity to make it enjoyable.


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