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RATINGS: 1753   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1749) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Pours a clean amber color with a significant off white head that provides sipping rings down the glass. Aroma is smokey roasted malt. Taste is sweet roasted malt, butter, maple and caramel. Noticable hop bitterness bite that also provides a grapefruit character to the taste. Mouthcoating and almost cloying, but well balanced. Alcohol warmth comes in after the swallow. A great old ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Dark amber appearance and a strong aroma greets those who pour this beer. It comes across as more of a sipping whiskey then a beer. Drink it slow and enjoy the caramel aroma as you taste the sweetness that come with the dregs of the blackstrap.Sip and enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAR 27, 2010
Bottled at O’Hara’s, Tampere. Reddish amber color. Sweet aroma of toffee and cocoa. Sweet bready, toffeish and nutty flavor with firmly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewbie (478) - New York, USA - MAR 18, 2010
12oz bottle. courtesty of ucusty. cloudy brown color, reminds me of apple cider. small head. aroma of malt sweetness, toffee, caramel. At first sip, a nice mix of caramel with little bit of bitterness to offset the sweetness. Nice sipper, but it’s really sweet. One to enjoy for the evening. Thanks, David.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2010
an interesting beer, kind of a cross between a scottish ale and a barley wine. dark copper color with a quarter inch bubbly head. aroma and flavor is mostly heavy toasted caramel malt with a touch of pine hops mixed in. medium to heavy body with ok lacing. this one would be interesting to cellar and was told when it is aged it tastes like makers mark. hhhmmm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21902) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 17, 2010
Bottle at home ... copper thin lacing ... light pine ... resin hop nose .... sweet toffee malts .... lots of americal pale ale malt ... sweet pine resins ... deep rich tones...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 16, 2010
A: The pour is a dark, dark mahogany color with a lot of yeast floaties, and a thin ring of cream colored head. S: The nose is quite rich with notes of sherry, dark fruit (raisins in particular), caramel, vanilla, and alcohol. T: The sweet caramel malt is the primary flavor component with some sweet, dark fruits, vanilla, and quite a bit of alcohol. There’s also a mild bitterness. M: The body is medium with a creamy carbonation and mouthfeel. D: A very nice old ale and a good beer to sip on throughout an evening.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a tan head. Aroma is burnt caramel, prune, apricot, toast, some alcohol, and a little bit of spice. Flavor is caramel, apricot, toast, prune, alcohol, and a bitter spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (9429) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2010
12 oz. bottle from Ludlow Wines. Pours a cloudy ruby-amber with some visible sediment at the bottom and a tiny beige head that leaves only a ring around the inner edge. Aroma of caramel malts, vanilla, plum, fig, butterscotch, raisins, and dust. Flavor of caramel malts, dark fruits (plum, fig, raisin, cherry), vanilla, butterscotch, toast, tea, and a little alcohol. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a buttery mouthfeel. Sweet, boozy finish. Has an unusual dusty, musky quality about it that’s hard to describe. A lot like a barley wine, but more buttery and malty. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brandman (2852) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 8, 2010
355 ml bottle. Copper brown body, white head. Some burned candy, fruity hops and chocolate on the nose. House flavour is nicely present. Yeast, sugar and chocolate takes over the flavour. Palate is oily and has very strong bitterness.

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