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RATINGS: 1372   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 12oz bottle. 06 verison aged I think a year now. pours a muted dark ruby with small ring white head (if the color had more of a glow i’d give it a 5). nose has some nice raisins, plums, pears, and bourbon, not a bad nose just not complex at all. taste is rather sweet but very enjoyable, with candied dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. there’s also something rustic in the middle and finish which is unpleasant. finishes with alcohol warmth but no burn/bite. palate is full, a little chewy, and long lasting. carbination is low. wow, an easy to drink bourbon barrel old ale, well done. this beer lacks depth and complexity. however, i recall thinking this beer was hard to drink in early 06 so i think a year as done this beer very well perhaps another year or two is needed.7/4/7/4/15=3.7.

12/2/07, 2006 vintage, aged in bourbon barrels, aged about 18-22 months. pours muddy brown with small white head around the rim. nose of soft bourbon and vanilla. flavor notes of rich soft toffee, brown sugar, plums, with undertones of smooth bourbon and vanilla. this beer mellowed nicely. the palate is a bit short and thin but this is perhaps the smoothest bourbon barrel aged old ale. a bit too much residual sugars left here. it seems not have that rustic unpleasant note i recorded in the previous rating. i don’t see this getting any better but maybe another 6-12months will dry it a bit more. 7/3/7/4/14=3.5

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3524) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2007
bottle - Pours murky brown with a very small head. The aroma has caramel, malt sweetness, and a hint of hops. Malt, quite a bit of hops, some alcohol, and some oak flavors all come through in this in this full bodied ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Speaking of the bourbon-aged ’06 version. This Old Ale has an incredible WOW factor. I still recall my first sip (a slap on the face by a enchanting barmaid). By the end of the first bottle, though, I had some criticism: the strong (though pleasing, like a decadent dessert) brown sugar/molasses/vanillin notes overpowered this brew’s otherwise superb range. The cellar has cured this...and now the Curmudgeon is firmly seated on my top 10 list!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2851) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Murky brownish orange in color with a thin head, but I didn’t expect much of an appearance from this style. The aroma was oak, pineapples, light coconut, maple, alcohol/whiskey/bourbon type of something going on. The flavor was pretty nice, all of the aroma in there, definitely a malty little sucker, yet pretty smooth. Mouhtfeel was moderately thick, yet still a touch grainy (not sticky at all) and lightly carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Bottle. Small, smooth tan head that mostly diminished, no lacing, minimal carbonation, semi-transparent, and an orange brown hue. Nose was oak, caramel,vanilla, malty, sweet, alcohol, and earthy. Flavor was malty, caramel, vinuous, vanilla, and sweet. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium body. Nicely done and worthy of a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a rusty red hue to it and not much of a head. Huge aroma of oak, vanilla, bourbon, and caramel. Flavor was sweet and very flavorful. I got a little of the smokiness, oak, bourbon, and not much alcohol except for a slight burn that resembled bitterness. Pretty solid, and how did I never buy this when it was first released??

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Thanks to a few traders for this beer. Pours out a murky rust color with a sweet, molasses/wood nose. Nice mouthfeel. Sweet with notes of some smoke, wood, molasses, vanilla and some bourbon. Intense range of flavors. Solid beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2007
12 oz bottle via RagallachMC (thanks!). 2006.Pours a hazy reddish brown with an average size head. Nose is candy, smokey wood. Taste starts with some sweet molasses, then some woody notes, some smoke, and then some citrus hops in the end. Moderate carbonation. medium body. The smoke n wood are a bit too much for my taste. I do not like STRONG oak/bourban that stomps on everything in my beer, so take this rating accordingly. Very rough..maybe better if laid down a couple years?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2007
12oz bottle. 2006 . Aroma: Lots of sweet maltiness with notes of toffee and brown sugar. Oak, vanilla, and bourbon come through fairly strong. Some light earthiness. Appearance: Medium brownish orange and murky. Almost no head to speak of. No lacing. Flavor: Sweet maltiness, toasted nuts, caramel. Again, the bourbon, vanilla, and oak comes through pretty strong. Some light floral and earthiness before the finish. Semi-sweet finish. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Moderate-low carbonation. Nice alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: I would like to try this without the barrel ageing and see which I like better. Carbonation was too low.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Deep brown color, a little murky, briefly topped by an eight of an inch of tan foam. The head turns into a film in no time. Spotty lacing. Aroma of toffee malt, vanilla, and a hint of sherry. Interesting toffee and oak combination - on the sweet side. Vanilla comes in as well, also some brown sugar. Hops come in for balance in the finish. Oak, vanilla, and warming alcohol in the aftertaste - a nice booziness. Almost full body, softly but plentifully carbonated.

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