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RATINGS: 1741   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5742) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2009
12oz shorty bottle. Thick orange brown color, not much head to speak of. Malty aroma, quite deep, not unlike a Dopplebock or Barleywine. As the descriptor notes, very well balanced despite the in your face strength. Bourbon begins to shine through after a few sips, as does the alcohol. A very nice Old Ale, never syrupy or undrinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle Pours a good hazy amber with a small tan head. The head last fairly well for being thin. Lacing is good. Aroma is honey and a big presence of alcohol. Almost has a whiskey like aroma. Has a light carbonation. A good mouthfeel. The flavor is well blended and the alcohol aroma doenít hold up the alcohol is well hidden. Has a full body. A real good finish and a good aftertaste. This is a good beer, a touch strong but a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Certainly a musty dusty vibe which gives credence to the old ale term, but this cardboardy yeasty brew has a unique dusty honeyed touch which is rather unique and appealing. A meaty, brothy brew to imbibe, this guy has the makings of a nice afterdinner warmer, which provides both a candied, medicinal touch as well as an oaky vineous landscape. A nice brew for sure and a nice drinking experience as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Bottle. Pours beautifully turbid sunburst amber with a half inch of tan foamy head - it takes awhile to form since the body is so heavy. Aroma is wonderfully floral hoppy, orange, licorice, dark fruits, bready, caramel, alcohol, spicy hops. Flavor is really malty at first, then it lightens up into dark fruits, some licorice, orange, banana, spicy hops, vanilla, and alcohol. Palate is nicely heavy and has a lot of sediment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Bottle at Butters Big Cellar Blowout. Pours an off-white head with an amber body. Caramelized malt aroma. Flavor is similar. Finish is well-balanced with a cotton candy note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 27, 2009
pours hazy amber with a beige head that quickly dissapears to leave a thin layer of lace. slightly creamy mouthfeel. malty, bourbon, caramel. alcohol. sweet dark fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2009
Pours a murky orange, with a tiny tan head. Aroma is sweet, darkly fruity, roasted malts. Flavor follows suit, almost suggesting a barleywine, with sweet malts, toffee, and strong fruit tones (subtle citrus, apricot). Finishes with earthy notes, slight smoke and peat. Interesting, although not something Iím eager to drink too often. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden for such a big beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (4113) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 23, 2009
Bottle thanks to rtravers on BA. Reddish amber in color with an off-white head and decent lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, toffee, brown sugar, earth, and vanilla. Flavor is really malty and sweet with slight roast, toffee, fruity notes, vanilla, and spices. Medium-full body, smooth and almost buttery on the palate. Alcohol well-hidden. An awesome beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - APR 19, 2009
Thanks go out to a couple of BAís who sent me one of these. Bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth of white head that settled down to a sparse lace. The color of the brew was a cloudy almost Macintosh apple red. This brew sat in the closet for a while so I am getting some bourbon whisky like aromas coming from the glass. Some vanilla and a little barleywine note as well The flavors are strong malts and candy sugar but the alcohol flavors keep the sweetness in check. This brew is thick and smooth in the mouth. I was in the mood for a strong brew tonight but one is enough in one sitting. A likable Old Ale I will defiantly revisit this one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 14, 2009
Bottle 355ml.
Unclear medium amber orange color with a average, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, light hoppy, orange, moderate yeasty. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20081122]

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