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RATINGS: 1701   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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2009
12 oz bottle served in a tulip glass. Pour was a hazy brown with rusty highlights. The head was thin and white, which dissipated rather quickly, and left a small amount of lacing. Nose is malt, yeast, bread, barely, dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste is malt, earth, yeast, and plums with a slight hop bitter in the wet finish. This is a very delicious beer, especially if you are a connoisseur of big/heavy dark beers. This has all the wonderful characteristics of those styles, yet doesnít weigh you down quite as much. This would be a great compromise for the warmer months, provided it wasnít too hot outside.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 22, 2009
This is a nice beer. Although it says this version wasnít barrel aged, Iíd almost swear some wood was used somewhere along the way. There are some nice tannins and a woodsy flavor that offset the thick malt bill. Possibly one of the easiest drinking 9.8% beers, even though it punishes you along the way with the alcohol and the tannic/bitter nature. Iíll pick up another 4 pack of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Slightly haxy copper with a small ring of fine white bubbles. Aroma is loaded with caramel a bit of hops. Really dig the flavor... sweet caramel maltiness with an "American" hoppiness that makes it a bit barley winesque. Full but nto sticky mouthfeel. I likey...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3723) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (4973) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 15, 2009
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekhna (118) - California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3234) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUL 10, 2009
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.

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