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RATINGS: 1682   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.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TaxiDriver (1640) - Stadland, GERMANY - JUN 7, 2010
Bottle. A bitter and light sour smell, light alcoholic. The head is very small, beige and fizzy, fast disappearing. The body is brown. A taste of spices, some chocolate, malty, a very own taste. The body is heavy, oily with a soft carbonation. A very interesting beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (4432) - Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Comes out of the tap a bubbly semi-transparent dark honey golden - the way it was poured I wasn’t able to comment on the head. Malty aroma has a honey-sweet overtone. Malty, lively flavor has hints of spice, a nice alcohol bite and a hoppy undertone. Edgy, fizzy texture has a fierce, brandy-like bite.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (11155) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 31, 2010
from erzbierschof.ch - hazy reddish-amber colour with a poor head retention; hoppy aroma with lot of fruity notes (strawberries marmalade, prunes) and notes of alcohol; full-bodied and a bit sticky, thick and solidly bitter; quite dry with long fruity hoppy notes in the finish along with a warming touch

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jarow (237) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2010
2009 bottle. Pours dark brown with almost no head. Nose is malt malt and more malt. Caramel, some vanilla bourbony notes, slight alcohol. Smooth and quite drinkable for the strength, sweet with another heavy dose of caramel malt, bourbon.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rand (1410) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 29, 2010
Bottle 355 ml from www.erzbierschof.ch. Ale flavored of orange, caramel, brandy, rosemary and woody. Citrus fruits, molasses, spices, oak, vanilla and touch of maple syrup blend in a full body and a fat and syrupy texture. Soft finish on herbs, dried fruits, almond and tannic note.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jlruthven (599) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Bottle, poured into a mini-goblet. Cloudy, brownish-ruby, with minimal tan head. Nose is thick with molasses, bourbon, and slight sour cherry. Taste is insanely malty, more bourbon, a little toffee and overripe raspberry on the back of the tongue. Finishes clean, a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. Mild bitterness. Very drinkable, but this is definitely a sipper. Mouthfeel is a touch on the thin side, but this may embolden itself with just a few months’ more aging. Lucky I picked up a 4-pk.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (5142) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a clear dark-ruby color with a big off-white head. Creamy and long lasting foam. Aroma is huge: lots of malty sweetness with caramel and toasted notes. Hints of spicies too. Taste is similar: very sweet with huge caramel notes and spicies. Some alcholic flavor too. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Overtall, great. Very sweet, but still complex, warming and really enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2010
It has a rusty orange hue, with very little cream colored head. It has a sweet boozy malt smell. Tastes of sweet boozed malt with a twinge of brown sugar. The alcohol lingers on the palate with strong malt after taste. Very nice Old Ale hinging on a Barleywine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3047) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Aroma is fruit,brandy. The appearance is a clear deep amber color, white head. Thin looking for this style. The flavor is sweet, fruit, apricot, alcohol. The finish is a booze warming. Medium/thick in body. Good Old Ale, by far not the best Old Ale.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - MAY 21, 2010
This is a good beer and I like it more aged. The taste has a strong malt character and a gummy sourness at the end. Let it sit.


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