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RATINGS: 1465   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1928) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Cloudy amber with light head / Big, sweet, winey nose of coconut, caramel, and bourbon / Full body, thick and moderately syrupy, with superb balance and finish / Flavors of coconut, bourbon, caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, and oak / One hell of a brew - almost flawless.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2007
bottle just a little over a year old. i believe that this is from the 2006 bottling. i have been trying to drink this for last two months but something always comes up.....but not tonight. pours thick clear dark copper almost brown with a nice tan head that disappears into a thin film. aroma warm vanilla brown sugar caramel oak bourbon......with something slightly musty about it....or maybe dusty....the aroma has something of an old....aged feel that I believe for some reason would be there without the age. very nice. flavor sweet caramel vanilla with a light spicy black pepper bite. very nice finish. sweet caramel vanilla spicy warm black pepper alcohol light raison notes that all melds together to create a warm lasting impression on the palate. full thick mouth feel. very nice smooth high gravity beer. very nice bourbon presence.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (3961) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Bottle from a trade. Tasted this right after Lagunitas Brown Shugga. Tthought this old ale was much more roasty and complex than the BS. Rich roasty malt lasts througjhout. Pretty darn good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Bottle. Deep reddish brown with a modest tan head. Sweet aroma with notes of oak, vanilla, fruit and bourbon. Sweet caramel malt flavor. Nice dark chocolate and hops assert themselves towards the end. Delicious.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2007
not too bad, and not too strong. it wont be a repeat for me but thats not to say it isnt a quality beer. pretty sure we got the 2006 bourbon barrel aged version, it had a whiskey aroma and slight taste of it too.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 Not a bad brew. Smell and taste are like whiskey/bourbon/wine? Way to over the top on the bourbon flavor. It over rides any real beer characteristics. Maybe I need another one and need to let it sit a while...

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Strong ale. Tastes chemically. Sweet, rich, sour nose...not quite Flemish, but close. Fermented plums, maybe other weird fruits. Little to no carbonation, no head, sort of like vermouth but MUCH more complicated. No hops. Not my favorite, but it wasn’t awful tasting. I just wouldn’t care to drink it again.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cathcacr (636) - Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Two beers in a row where the consensus seems off by a few points. No head to speak of. Dark whatever color (not black or totally opaque). Aroma of mild, faint musty junkyard. Flavor very fruity something. Could be any number of fruits you could have fun guessing at with this one. Blueberry? Raspberry? Fig? Date? Plum? Very sweet in any case. Very smooth palate. Deserves some points for being interesting/distinctive. Technically it comes out at a 7/10 but I’d give it a 7.5 on the subjective scale.

Back to back with Immort Ale or a similarly suitable barley wine, this will get you sufficiently lit.
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3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Poured a cloudy light brown color with small head. Aroma was of burbon oak and pineapples after eagle said that i got it. Flavor was malty little not overly sweet very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Warm amber body with some oily thickness, scattered, flaky particulate load, and a modest, dissipating beige head. Pleasing aroma of brown sugar, mellow bourbon, vanilla bean, polished wood and candied peaches. Smooth and well-integrated flavor of concentrated malt and good bourbon. Subtle fruity tones as well. Medium sweet and moderately bitter with light emerging alcoholic warmth. A nice old ale, on the young side, but could likely progress nicely. Very enjoyable and sufficiently distinct all-around.


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