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RATINGS: 1401   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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4903) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2006
12 oz bottle, via Mikemac. Pours a dark brown with a ruby glow and a good amount of tiny floaties under a small beige head that faded to a creamy film. Aroma is thickly malty with lots of toffee and caramel, and some light bourbon notes. Some dark fruits, raisins, figs, and alcohol. Flavor is all malt again with some smoke, yeast alcohol, raisins, figs, and plums. The finish is warming and fruit laden. Really a pretty minimal impact from the barrell aging I would say. Mouthfeel is full bodied and quite chewy with nice soft fine carbonation. Texture is just shy of syrupy. Overall, this was a fine Old Ale, but I really didnít get a great deal of bourbon from this, but I guess that might not be a bad thing, as the underlying beer was great all by itself.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Bottle. Murky brown body with a loose one finger head. Nose-buttery and a warm smell I canít place (popcorn maybe?). Taste-butter light bourbon, melon, buttered popcorn, jelly beans, heavy cream, light alcohol, light wood, very creamy mouthfeel. Just an excellent blend of buttery goodness, caramel, and sweet alcohol. Just the right amount of sweetness. A true joy to drink.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
A musky glowing russet brown with a slim capping of tanned froth. Keeps a good collar with a few straggly branched arms of lace sticking across the glass. Astounding aroma of maple, honey, oak soaked bourbon. Heavy, heavy, inviting as hell, warm whiskey tone to this sucker. Wow. Wonderful. Smooth and warming with a good source of whiskey tones behind some maple, honey, vanilla, and white grape accents. Tenderly toasted malt background but huge in malted girth and warmth of gooey rich and thick caramel, maple, toffee, and minor fruityness all encompassed by one very nice powering warmth of whiskey oaken woodyness. No real finishing qualities however as it slides off the back end with an unwanted speed before the warmth sets in with just a slight backburst of crisp vanilla and left over whiskey wood. Feel is warm, and more warm, and more warm. Strange how some beers with more then 9.3% seem to have no omff while this screams it. Big, bold, and beautiful; rich, smooth, and full. The only set back is the forementioned finish which is escapingly ghostly and parting in a manner that throws a curve in its overall, powering presence. Be that as it may, that is what makes this quite a drinkable, dandy treat. For if it were all but power and strength, this would not be as easy to handle and may as well just be whiskey at that point. A very nice Old Ale. Fulfilling and dreamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pootzboy (1587) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
Something special for a great warmer on this cold October evening. Poured an opaque dark brown ale in the glass with a 1 finger tan cap that reduced to a surface clinging lace . Aromas of dark dried fruits, mustiness oak barreld whisky. Thick malt spine, oily mouth feel, rich complex boozy character. Up front you chew on some thick date muffins then a rush of complex layered flavors: raisins, vanilla with coconut, white chocolate, cherries in brandy over the smokey oak -earthy musty tones...finishes up long and wet where the hops attack the complexity and the alcohol shows up, the result is near an oak barreld burbon flavor in the finish. This ale delivers quite a lot of strength and flavor and comes off like a burbon whisky flavored barley wine....very nicely done. My sample was fairly young but I bet some time in the cellar would really mellow this and bring out even more complexity

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2006
On tap @ Red Bones. Pours an opaque chestnut color with small tan head. Aroma is sweet dark fruits. Taste is very chewy with sweet malts, raison, cherry, and earthiness. There is a bit of alcohol in the finush. but not in a bad way at all. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2006
12 oz. bottle via trade (sorry I canít remember who) - Pours a deep amber color with a good size light tan head. As the head settled, it left some light, stringy lacing. Has a cider type aroma. Very nice. Kind of hard to explain. OAK, thats what it is. The oak also dominates the flavor. This beer is very similar to Fred from the wood. Medium body. A must try. Thanks to whomever sent this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2006
Aroma of booze, wood and pitfruits, murky reddish brown, miniscule tan head. Strong alcohol taste, malt with some woody notes. Medium bodied, fairly strong alcohol, yet enjoyable. Quite good. Thank You mds.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2006
Bottle. Orange-brown with a tiny brown ring of head and tiny yeast speckles floating about. The aroma is quite woody and bourbon-esque. Rich sweet caramel is evident in addition to yeast and butterscotch. Sweet, thick body - flavours of alcohol, thick chewy resinous hops, caramel, and sweetness is left lingering. It’s actually very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2006
2006 bottle from trade with kmweaver. Thanks Ken! Pours a very nice amber color with a minimal white head.Has a wonderful aroma of whiskey, caramel and vanilla. Taste of malt, vanilla, and all spice. The alcohol is very well hidden and is barely noticeable. Has a great smooth dry finish that leaves a nice flavor that make you want more. . This is a truely enjoyable beer to drink . It reminds me of Tyranena Rockyís Revenge but is better balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (1810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2006
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 2006 bottle, shared at acertainís get-together.

The bourbon barrel aging is easily apparent here; this lovely beer provides a breathtaking sweet woody aroma with mellow bourbon notes. The mouthfeel is splendid, full and creamy, gently sweet in the flavor, lingering long with dry oak and sweet vanilla, coming splendidly into its own as it approaches room temperature.

For this was perhaps the highlight of an evening filled with extraordinarily good beers. Splendid. 9/4/9/5/16=4.3

Rerate March 15, 2008: Another í06 bottle. Pours out a rather light caramel with almost no head. Woody bourbon (vanilla, not booze) dominates the aroma, some caramels coming through as well; the aroma is indeed really nice. Relatively mild sweetness, bourbon notes, lots of vanilla, butterscotch, subtle banana and other fruits. Mouthfeel seems thin today and maybe a touch too hot, woody dryness very late in the finish. The first sip was not so impressive -- certainly nowhere near the 4.3 that I gave it the first time around -- but as I progressed through the bottle I enjoyed this one well enough. Iíd go about 8/4/8/4/15, and Iíll go straight to that score as this rating was based on a full bottle and the first beer a night, whereas the previous one was one of my few ratings added from a tasting situation.

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