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RATINGS: 1433   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Pours out hazy red orange amber with disappearing white head - looks just great. Smells fruity, sweet malty, light hops, probably some Munich malt, and maybe some German hops. The flavor is very sweet, thereís something sour here, bitterness, prunes, coffee, bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is sweet and syrupy. Overall, a good brew, but apparently old ales arenít my favorite style.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Pale, cloudy brown color with practically no head. I know this is the way the beer is supposed to look, but Iím taking points off anyway. Aroma of toffee, vanilla, molasses and dried fruit. The vanillin from the oak really comes through on the flavor with tons of toffee and molasses. Nice sticky mouthfeel. Sweet on the palate, but not cloying. A fantastic beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naka (705) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle Courtesy of Juart. Pours a dark hazy murky brown with no head to speak of. A little rimming. Aroma is a rich sweet toffee with a decent oaky bourbon nose. A little chocolate covered fruit too. Sweet flavor. Almost an almond joy. Definite presence of the oak and bourbon with some vanilla and caramel. A nice fruity balance with all of the deep flavors. Body is rich and leaves a good aged scotch flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Murky copper body; thin head. Aroma - mandarin orange, rusted pipes. Texture of wet clay, paper machť. Extremely musty old-world malt flavor. Some plum flavor. Moderate bitterness of old hops conjures up tree bark(?), chalk(?). Alcohol adds to the body but not to the flavor. Very unique; I donít have any other beers to use as a reference point for comparison. 2 bottles over 2 weeks before I feel comfortable entering a rating. I did like this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4399) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Dark red color with no head. Strong aroma of molasses, caramel, some idodine/sea saltiness reminiscent of Islay Scotches. Tastes delicious. Strong, sweet caramel, toasted malt and biscuit. Toffee. Light salty finish. Way underrated in my opinion.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 4, 2009
2008 Bottle - Thanks tjthresh - Pours a dark amber with a quickly dissipating off white head...this brew needs to sit until it only has a slight chill, totally opens up...aroma is dry fruit, caramel malt..flavour is balanced, hop bitterness starts immediately and lasts, stands up to the sweetness...I think the alcohol was pretty obvious, but would mellow in an older botle, finishes sweet...good brew...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4842) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2009
dark ruby pour with a thin ring of cream froth. nose of fruits, malts, raisins and caramel. good thickness with a flavor of sweet malts, raisins, and other dried fruits. sweet finish with some carbonation and the alcohol is very well hidden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2009
12oz bottle from Crown Liquors (Indianapolis, IN). Pours a generally clear dark amber copper color with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with strong notes of brandy, raisins, ripe dark fruit, caramel, honey, phenol. Flavor is also malty and sweet with notes of ripe dark fruit, bourbon, raisins, plums, sweet caramel. Generally medium body with a smooth malty and sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3466) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2009
(bottle - 12 oz) Got this in a little trade from Dave. Thanks man. Copper pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet with some good hints of sweetness, dark fruits, oak, maybe some bourbon, and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and rich with lots of toffee, caramel, oak, wood, vanilla, alcohol, and a light tartness near the end. Finishes smooth and sweet.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Bottle into snifter. Pours a very hazy dark red-brown, almost no head. Nose is rich, prominent but not overwhelming bourbon note, clean dark fruit, toffee. Front has some carbonation burn, with a rich malt note of toffee and molasses, vanilla and bourbon coming through also, and a light, balancing hop bitterness as well. The bitterness melds well with the dark fruit and light alcohol bitterness that tend to emerge right before the finish. Finish is lots of bourbon, lightly bitter, with a lingering overripe dark fruit and molasses richness. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, sticky and thick bodied.


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