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RATINGS: 1492   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.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Pours rust color and hazy with a thin ring of bubbles. Smells of sweet malt, some light fruity hints, earthy. Tastes fruity and dry with some tea like hints on the finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Brown pour with virtually no head. Aroma and flavor are of malt and fruit. Mouthfeel is flat due to low carbonation. Not a big fan.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in a snifter. This beer poured a ruddy orangish brown hue with a thin head of light tan foam that lingered for a while. A small amount of lacing was left around the glass. The aroma consisted of toasted caramel, dried orange, apricot, and some earthy/herbal charateristics. Let this one warm up and breath a bit. The flavor was made up of toasted caramel, brown sugar, dried dark fruits, citrus, and just a hint of alcohol. Not sugary sweet, but big and balanced. The mouthfeel was heavy and full-bodied. Mild carbonation. Thick and lush, but not quite sticky. A very complex but smooth brew. A great sipper for the cooler months.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1853) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2008
12oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is woody and malty with hints of oak and bourbon. A medium to full bodied old ale. Very smooth. Nice balance. Interesting old ale. It is a smooth blend of the sweet malt base, sharp and quick to fade bitters, and a consistent oaky and tannic overtone. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a lingering alcohol bite. Very interesting.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5935) - Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy copper color with a small white head that disappears quickly. The aroma is sweet, somewhat fruity, with a caramel malt backbone. The flavor, which opens with moderately sweet chewy caramel malt, is right in line with the best Old Ales. A slight fruit presence accompanies the malt, but is overtaken in the finish by a hoppy bitterness. The balance of this beer is quite impressive. Regardless of serving temperature, this one instantly has a warming effect as it travels down your throat. Surprisingly though, the alcohol is not very noticable. Full bodied and very smooth drinking.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2010 [2008 Bottle 9.8% 10.7.08] Pours a glowing dark red tinted orange with a fine white froth on top. Spicy rich malt aroma, it really smells like bourbon. The spiciness continues in the flavor, smooth rich glassy lightly toasted caramel malt, lots of bourbon and barrel, buttery oak and a light hop bite. Covers the 10% beautifully. Medium body, buttery, with fine sizzling carbonation. 8.4.9.4.17 . . . . . . . . . . .[Same vintage, Oct 08, 6.15.10] Pours a glowing reddish orange with a clump of protein or something that plopped out, nice white frothy head. Aroma is woody, spicy, light bourbon, some vanilla, subtle fruit, aging malt. Flavor follows but more focused on the aging malt, some cardboard/dog food, dry chocolate, very malty, followed by a sharp cloying sweetness that is detached and then some woody spiciness accented by light bourbon in the finish. Medium bodied, seems less syrupy than before, softer feel and carbonation. Eh, probably peaked sometime last year, should have drank it then. 8.4.7.4.15

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChuxBeer23 (10) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Interestingly rich pour that doesn’t allow any carbonation to form. It won’t even allow you to see into the glass. Malty, with a refreshingly clean and snappy finish. Butterscotch. Alcohol. Well-crafted. Awesome.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (3530) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Pours a deep red with a thin off white head. Aroma is sweet, like candied apples. Some caramel and other fruits as well. THe malts profile is very flavorful and impressive. Rich, A bit of hops in the finish. Considering the alcohol, the balance is very impressive. I can barely taste any. Saving a bottle for The Dude, and he better love it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Hazy amber-brown color with pretty much no head, looks like unfiltered apple cider....I like that. Aroma is sweeter than I expected, caramel, fig and berries. Flavor is, in a word, warming. Lots of woody sweetness and lasting caramel flavor. The palate has a slight crispness at first, then is almost chocolaty smooth. I love old ales. The softness of them, rich flavor and all good grounded flavor. I sure do love them old ales.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2008
I guess I’m one of the few that thinks this beer really sucks. It actually sucked so bad that I’m somewhat convinced it was a bad bottle.....but then again, I did buy a 4 pack and the others weren’t any better. Whatever the reason, this beer just doesn’t sit well with me. Didn’t enjoy the aroma or the flavor at all.


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