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RATINGS: 1377   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Duane shared a bottle of this with a few of us. Some whiskey in the nose, some sweet malt flavor. This was not my style of beer. I haven’t warmed up to barleywines or old ales yet, so this wasn’t a favorite of mine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2006
The beer poured a rusty red color with little head. The aroma was sweet with toffee, vanilla and wood. There was also some dankness that made me think of cellars. Nice aroma that I like in this type of beer. The taste was toffee with some herbs and a little medicine. There was also some leather in there. A good one I woudl love to try with more age on it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2006
pours a light red with a small off white head. aroma of oak malt and alcohol. taste is much of the same with a stronger malt prescence. I know that was spelled wrong. damn fine beer. Kind of drunk though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 14, 2006
2006 bottle. Smells like whiskey, thought without a tart sour-mash smell; finishes instead with alluring vanilla notes. Light cherry-cola appearance, with minimal head and lacing. Full, viscous mouthfeel showing plenty of bourbon and maple syrup, balanced with a toasted vanilla softness. A very well-balanced oak-aged ale, which would hold up nicely against a cigar. Impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a thick off white head. The aroma is of caramel, sweet fruits and a hint of bourbon. The flavor is really rich. A really warming beer. Dark fruits, a hint of wood from the aging. The alcohol is well hidden, but hits hard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2537) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2006
mahagony pour thick off white head nice lace. Bourbon notes toffees & buttered popcorn. Palate is light creamy well coated. Flavor is mellow to the point of non descript bourbon butter, sweet.. pretty boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3229) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - AUG 11, 2006
bottle-caramel amber with a very small head that was gone pretty much instantly. big sweet bourbon/caramel nose with lots of sweetness. light sour note as well. lots of dark fruit on the flavors with some notes of alchol and bourbon. really, somewhat one-dimensional, but definately not a bad things here. body is somewhat lacking with very little carbonation. not bad, but definately something i would not have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4436) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Rating #850...Thanks to hopdog for the trade, 2006 bottle. Pours a hazy brownish amber with small floaties and a smaller light tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, sweet dark fruits, light alcohol and wood. Flavor is a huge mix of dark fruits, bourbon, oak, vanilla, light hop bitterness, toasty malts, even some gin. Alcohol rather well hidden overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2049) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 9, 2006
dark hazed brown with orange hues and some nice particulates. inviting doughy strawberry & blackberry nose with some mutter and booze and wood. alcohol is here alright. a lot of plum like dark fruit. whiskey taste. very dry finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Thanks to Ted at CRBC for sharing. Pours a deep opaque brown with a light tan head that lasts and seeds beautiful lacing. The aroma is oaky malts, alcohol, ripe fruit, and a hint of brett sourness. The body is med-heavy with very light CO2. The flavors show off some bourbon character but are really malt accentuated. Lots of ripe apple with a turkish delight character that makes the beer unique and slight sourness that balances the sweet malt. The finish is sweet, warm, and lasting. Beautiful beer.

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