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RATINGS: 1511   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Poured a nice dark brown color. Looked thick in the glass. Smelled strong and intimidating. Taste really smacked me in the mouth. Big malts and sharp pine notes. Dark fruit with hints of wood and bourbon. All I could think while drinking this is that it would be nice in about a year. Really good stuff. Potent and sharp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sthlm (1240) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2007
[Bottle, thanks Brewfiend] Pours cloudy amber with no head. Aroma is very strong of bourbon. Taste is once again a lot of bourbon with some malt and something else that I can’t place. Medium mouthfeel. Long finish. The bourbon was pretty dominant--maybe could stand to cut back on it a bit, but it still was pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
milewide (1628) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2007 Bourbon aroma and taste, along with malt sweetness and carmel. Thankfully, not too sweet! No alcohol taste. Clear, brown color.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SMARTESTMONKEY (1) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2007 does not count
Pours a cloudy mahogany with little to no head. The aroma is that of dark fruit, raisins, and also of bourbon or strong alcohol. The taste reminds me of rum and raisins with some citrus. The alcohol is up front and ever present in this beer. This beer is smooth and subtle and lingers on the palate.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
JK (4750) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Nearly undrinkable. The aroma is all bourbon. Flavor has a hint of sweet malt but again bourbon dominates, and even chocking down a few sips is hard. Some brown sugar in there. I suspect this was a good beer before they chose to ruin it with the barrels.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rb (15) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2007
orage-brown colour, fruity scent, somewhat strong, off-white head, very decent alcohol volume

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Sweet spicy malt nose on the brown beer. Faint white head. Sweet port like body. Dark fruits and a little grapefruit finish. Lots of bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kseecs16 (1209) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2007
Bottle. Poured a cloudy orange-brown, a bit dingy looking with a little head. Smell of citrusy fruit, nice and crisp. Sweet, malty with a distincty astringency of grapefruit and alcohol. Feels a bit too carbonated with a medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
waolsen (1367) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2007
bottle. mahogony pour with thin head. very strong aroma of oaky bourbon, sugar, caramel malts, mild fruits and floral hops. full bodied. bourbon dominates palate. paper, suagr, rich malts, floral hops. bitter finish. I enjoy bourbon beers but this had too much bourbon for my liking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Thanks to Hopscotch. Pours a murky mahognay with small almond head. Aroma is sweet and very rich with hints of bourbon, oak, vanilla, brown sugar. Taste is full onslaught of sweet richness. Sugary bite, brown sugar, caramel, mollasses, toffee, oak, bourbon, coconut. Lingering sugary sweetness with the booze staying strong on the tongue and leaving a smokey finish. Roasted malt and a touch of chocolate lead to more brown sugar, vanilla, and caramel. Really what a complex beer and old ales are becoming a favorite of mine

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