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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2007
12 oz bottle via RagallachMC (thanks!). 2006.Pours a hazy reddish brown with an average size head. Nose is candy, smokey wood. Taste starts with some sweet molasses, then some woody notes, some smoke, and then some citrus hops in the end. Moderate carbonation. medium body. The smoke n wood are a bit too much for my taste. I do not like STRONG oak/bourban that stomps on everything in my beer, so take this rating accordingly. Very rough..maybe better if laid down a couple years?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2007
12oz bottle. 2006 . Aroma: Lots of sweet maltiness with notes of toffee and brown sugar. Oak, vanilla, and bourbon come through fairly strong. Some light earthiness. Appearance: Medium brownish orange and murky. Almost no head to speak of. No lacing. Flavor: Sweet maltiness, toasted nuts, caramel. Again, the bourbon, vanilla, and oak comes through pretty strong. Some light floral and earthiness before the finish. Semi-sweet finish. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Moderate-low carbonation. Nice alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: I would like to try this without the barrel ageing and see which I like better. Carbonation was too low.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Deep brown color, a little murky, briefly topped by an eight of an inch of tan foam. The head turns into a film in no time. Spotty lacing. Aroma of toffee malt, vanilla, and a hint of sherry. Interesting toffee and oak combination - on the sweet side. Vanilla comes in as well, also some brown sugar. Hops come in for balance in the finish. Oak, vanilla, and warming alcohol in the aftertaste - a nice booziness. Almost full body, softly but plentifully carbonated.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a dark cherry color, with a half inch head that fades quickly to a thin soapy cap, leaving behind a thin webbing of lace. Given the high abv, Iím not surprised that there wasnít much foam. Smell; wow, thereís a very strong woody aroma here, as well as a what I can only describe as brandy. Is this barrel aged? Thereís dark fruits, such as cherries and dates, and Iím also picking up vanilla as this warms. This thing smells great. Taste; starts out pretty sweet, and fruity, with cherries and dates, and then the oak barrel, and boozey flavors (almost vinous) make a significant appearance. The vanilla is there, but Iím picking up some coconut, that wasnít present in the nose, and a bit of a peppery spiciness. Finished sweet with caramel and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is full bodied, and very smooth. Dinkability is good for the style and abv, but you still wouldnít want to be drinking more than one or two of these in a nght.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Pour dark reddish brown with a dense bubbled light brown head...smell is vanilla, oak, earthy, grapes, tobacco...taste is sweet and creamy with light earth fruits and vanilla...delicious!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Smells strongly of bourbon. Brown with a lacy head. Wow is this thing smooth and malty. Sweet and smooth. The aroma of alcohol is stronger than the taste of it, which could be dangerous.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Bottle from secret santa. Fabulous aroma. Very rich, bourbon barrel-y -- just read the description and noticed this was actually aged in bourbon ;) The oak and bourbon is very balanced and pleasant, though, and far from overpowering. Pours with no head, but is thick and cloudy very dark brown. Young and sweet, smooth light bourbon in the mouth, coconut, tobacco. Not seeing much complexity but very very tasty. Extremely drinkable. Awesome beer. Worth its rating for the aroma alone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tranum (34) - delafield, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2006
This was like no beer i have ever tried before. I am not going to lie it tasted a bit like capt morgans but i think it was because of the coconut like taste. It went down rather smooth and has little to no taste of alcohol and not much bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Ughsmash, sampled in mid-June í06: Pours a clear mahogany with orange hues and a thin, light tan head. Rich, complex, big bourbony oaky and lightly fruity aroma has a hint of coconut. Body starts with sweet caramel malt and lots of fresh bourbon oak and a smooth complex, nicely-balanced finish that covers the alcohol well. Well done and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Bottle. This was the 2006 version which has clearly been bourbon barrel aged. It pours with a copper color and a medium head. Aromas of bourbon and malts, flavors of bourbon, and caramel, somewhat sweet but not overly so. Fairly complex wiht a nice mouthfeel, excellent.

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