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RATINGS: 1400   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 20, 2006
12 oz bottle from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI (August 2006), consumed at cellar temperature from a Unibroue glass. A faint thin tan head tops hte muddy dark brown body, laces very little....raisins, licorice, lots of oaky vanilla and a redolence of spice shop (allspice, ginger, cardamom, etc) in the complex nose....burnt caramel and espresso character in the body, sweet only at the front and tending towards ashy, dry and bitter-harsh at the finish, light hints of alcohol....as it goes down and as it warms to room temperature, some sugars return to ward off the bitter attacks, Frangelico and Amaretto sensuous liqueur notes mmmm.....low carbonation, lightly sticky mouthfeel, very full and thick.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldGrowth (2649) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2006
Bottle, from Julioís. bought when first came to Mass consumed, er, today. Good nose, Malibu & coke, whisky, oak. Hazed dark orangy brown color, small head that rose up slowly and faded quickly to a ring. Ok lace. Bittersweet flavor, like aroma. Medium body, litely creamy, smooth mouthfeel, dry biting finish. Well for something that doesnít mention barrel aging it sure has bite. Certainly one for a cold winter night on the U.P.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2371) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Thin dense beige head. Light carbonation. Interesting aroma with some spruce, flowers, sweet apple cider, caramel and lavender. Strangely floral. Dark copper brown in color. Malty and thick on the palate. More floral notes with some vanilla, spruce, alcohol and caramel. Slightly pasty in the mouth. Finish is creamy and smooth with a nice alcohol kick. A pretty good old ale with some interesting flavors and aromas.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2006
12 oz bottle. Deep amber in color with a nice off white head. Malty whiskey like aroma. Oaky vineous notes. Fruity malty sweet flavor. Finish is woody. Full bodied. Very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2006
12 oz bottle. Not much head but the aroma you can smell at arms reach. At first I thought the aroma is scotch but it really is whiskey, maybe too much so. Almost like itís spiked with it. The body is spot on and the flavor is just a bit too boozy. Iíll age a bottle for a decande or so and see what happens.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1417) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Beer pours murky reddish amber color with a mostly retained beige colored head. Aroma is quite rich rich oak and mild bourbon notes also a vinous aroma. Flavor is sweet with wet wood, a mellow vinous flavor and the alcohol is restrained for this ABV. Has some commonalities with one of my all time favs De Dolle Oerbier Reserva. Yummy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - SEP 5, 2006
bottle purchased sep. 2006. poured nice and thick,deep amber, hazy, forming avery nice cream colored head. Great lacing. Aroma of mixed fruit. mild baked apples, bourboun and apple. Malty and subtle sweetness lends way to a huge blast of bourboun charred oak and caramelly sweet malty goodness followed with a warming smooth alchohol. Awesome beer...

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3055) - Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2006
2006 version. Deep stained wood color with very little head or carbonation for that matter, but itís not that itís gone flat so much as itís just low carbonation. The aroma is richly malty: caramel, walnuts, carrot cake sans the icing, oak and a touch of smoke. The flavor is full-bodied with that rich maltiness avoiding being overly sweet. The taste of the char inside the barrel only comes through as a hint in the finish. Interesting, complex beer.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2006
interesting beer, not necessarily like other old aleís iíve had, though definitely still has old ale characteristics. thatís all i can really remember about it except i know it looked good and had a great mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2006
Pours a rusty brown with a thin ring of a head. Aroma is of sweet roll dough, slight toastyness, some hops behind the malt, and some mild alcoholic fumes. Flavor is of sweet toasty bread, brown sugar, full bitterness in the middle and finish, some fruiy hops riding underneath the malty sweetness A slight burn alcoholic warmth in the back of the throat.Ful body, velvety palate with a little bit of syrupynes. Aftertaste is Sweet toasty bread with a bit if residual sweetness staying on the tongue.


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