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RATINGS: 1632   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1557) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 9, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2009 Bottle shared by wolf. Muddy red in color, weak head. Sweet sugary malty aroma and nice touch of chocolate. Taste is sweet sugary malty and a touch of chocolate. Some dark fruits, figs and raisons. Even a bitterness in the end to help balances it out. Easy to drink for a higher alcohol percentage beer. Reminds me of a barleywine...Overall solid beer thanks wolfman for sharing! ***UPDATE***** Stfun hooked me up with a bottle. Pretty much think the same thing as before but a little more impressed. Nice sipping beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011
Name: Old Curmudgean
Date: February 18, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Brusin Ales, Asheville NC
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: cloudy amber, fine off white head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet orange aroma with lots of earthy hops, deep rich malt, fruityness
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of earthy bitterness, touch of peppery alcohol, fruity sweetness is trying to emerge but needs time to develop

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+ /4

Name: Old Curmudgean
Date: April 23, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Prado
Vintage: 2011
Appearance: opaque dark amber, frothy beige head, lotsof lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, brown sugar sweetness
Flavor: rich malty flavor, caramel sweetness, lots of earthyness leaving a long bitter finish, touch of fruityness

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2009
This beer tastes like a cranked up version of Red’s Rye. And as far as I am concerned, that kicks ass.

   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.

   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

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LtDan (1806) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (4331) - 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.

   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.

   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, there’s something sour here, bitterness, prunes, coffee, bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is sweet and syrupy. Overall, a good brew, but apparently old ales aren’t my favorite style.

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