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RATINGS: 1489   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - MAR 2, 2009
Taste 3/9 Bottle. Looks: Brown murk with a trace of bubbles around the rim. Aroma: Bourbon and sweet malts, some alcohol and mild raisin. Taste: Rich and sweet followed by bourbon and spice with a bit of hops an the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flyerdog (7) - Ardmore Park, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2009 does not count
I found this to be very complex...when cold it hits you with a light hoppy taste followed by a deep smoky body..the finish is dry and whole. As it warms the smokiness gets lighter and the hops are much more pronounced throughout..pretty amazing actually! Good stuff

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ealdent (48) - Cumming, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Beautiful reddish brown with little lacing. Sweet and malty but still some complex, woody flavors. Enjoyable to sip, getting richer as it warms.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Ap: A cloudy dark orange with some floaties. Aro: Faint whiffs of caramel, dried fruit and chocolate. Taste: Chocolate, GUMMIBEARS and bitter hops. Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy. Overall: Non offensive yet non impressive.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3914) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Copper and cloudy with a good sized beige head. Aroma is of toffee, fruit and a little alcohol. Taste is of caramel, malt and toffee.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Thanks to dmac for this 12oz bottle. Aromas of molasses, vanilla with some flavors of malt, alcohol, and some caramel sweetness. Very good on a cold rainy wintery day in San Diego. Paired this with my homemade clam chowder.

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 (708) - 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.


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