Headbanger (3491) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle 7/20/09 (Binnyís Naperville)-Pours a murky amber with a small off white covering for a head. Aroma of malt, sweetness, toffee, cherry, and alcohol. Taste of malt, sweetness, fruits, raisins, and slight alcohol. This full bodied beer is very well balanced and quite tasty. It hides the ABV very well. Nice sipper.
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours light mahogany with nary a trace of head. Strong aromas of sweet malt, alcohol, toffee, cherry and vanilla. Complete malt bomb, reasonably sweet with raisin and dates. Finish tastes like burning, but not as hot as the actual ABV. Smooth, rich body. Delightful.
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours golden amber with a medium fluffy off-white head that laces the glass nicely. Aroma and flavor of sweet malt with bread, caramel, and vanilla. Also has some dried fruit flavor (raisons, apricots, and pears) and a barrel-aged quality. Texture is a little too syrupy, but overall this is a pleasure to drink.
BuckeyeBoy (3158) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours out a cloudy rust/amber topped with a small head. Aroma very nice sweetness lots of caramell. A little hop. Tast lots of the sweetness very nice. A good rich malt and some vanilla. Thanks Puddintane
tekhna (118) - California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Boozy, sweet carmel toffee, some oak whisky and maybe a bit of butterscotch diactyl? Not sure itís a bad thing in this instance, but threw me. Not sure what to make of this beer, but itís most similar to a barleywine. Thatís all I can think of to compare it. Not much head, very little body, but a sticky feel on the tongue. Interesting, but might not buy again. Iíd like to rate it higher, Iím just thrown by this. Very unique, and good in its own right. My impression of it I think is higher than my rating.
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of The Adrian. Pours a hazy caramel-orange colour with a thin, quickly disappearing beige head. Hop particles can be seen floating throughout. Aroma of butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, hops and malts. Flavour is same as the aroma but with the addition of a strong alcohol presence. Not as sweet as the aroma would lead one to believe.
jake65 (2848) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - thanks sigma23. Pours a hazy brownish-orange with a large, creamy beige head. Aroma is sweet with faded hops and florals. Some caramel too. Tastes sweet, yet balanced in faded hops and creamy caramel maltiness. A hint of butterscotch, perhaps? Even has a little bit of bourbon presence. Very smooth.
beerwolf77 (42) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This isnít my favorite style of beer but itís a nice representation of the style. It has a nice caramel slightly fruity flavor. Itís sweet and bitter at the same time. The alcohol is very present. This is a sipper for sure.
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a rich, beautiful dark amber with a tightly knit tan head. The head is reasonable persistent, but does start to dissipate. Nicely developing Belgian lace. Rich, winy nose, with hints of cognac. Caramel, toffee, sherry, and dried fruits. Very moderate, but noticeable, hoppiness, with lingering caramel and malt notes on the palate. The roof of the mouth gets a sense of the level of alcohol, however, the alcohol level is not fully evident. Thus "caveat bibor" is appropriate. This is not a session beer or a vorspiel beer. Medium body with a sweet, long lingering. This is a multidimensional old ale. If I had the patience and cellar, I would attempt to age the Old Curmudgeon a few years to see how it develops. It should age well. A great ale to accompany hearty food and BBQ. The richness and residual sweetness would also work well with spicy food.
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2010 Amber brown pour with a thin white head. The nose is sweet and fruity. There is a distinct herbal/tobaccoish hoppiness that is quite interesting. Some dried plums and a bit of light cherry esters as well. Itís sweet and sticky but plenty hoppy as well. Earthy bitterness and a bit of heavily caramelized wort. Sticky and resiny hoppiness that is quite lovely in here. Very assertively hopped. Iíd love to see it again with a few years on it, but itís quite nice even young.
Amber brown, thick oily pour with a light lacy head. Aroma is unusual. Deeply malty with a lightly peppery nose. Lightly musty character as well. Lots of rich sweet vanilla, orange peel and a little bit of light dried fruit. Thick, unctuous mouthfeel. There is a little bit of light syrupy sweetness, toffee and even a little bit of cotton candy. Quite sticky and not all that boozy. There is a faint backnote that is hard to describe (perhaps slightly vegetal) that Iím not a fan of. Pretty assertive, earthy bitterness.
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