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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.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4473) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 10, 2006
Rating #850...Thanks to hopdog for the trade, 2006 bottle. Pours a hazy brownish amber with small floaties and a smaller light tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, sweet dark fruits, light alcohol and wood. Flavor is a huge mix of dark fruits, bourbon, oak, vanilla, light hop bitterness, toasty malts, even some gin. Alcohol rather well hidden overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2071) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 9, 2006
dark hazed brown with orange hues and some nice particulates. inviting doughy strawberry & blackberry nose with some mutter and booze and wood. alcohol is here alright. a lot of plum like dark fruit. whiskey taste. very dry finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Thanks to Ted at CRBC for sharing. Pours a deep opaque brown with a light tan head that lasts and seeds beautiful lacing. The aroma is oaky malts, alcohol, ripe fruit, and a hint of brett sourness. The body is med-heavy with very light CO2. The flavors show off some bourbon character but are really malt accentuated. Lots of ripe apple with a turkish delight character that makes the beer unique and slight sourness that balances the sweet malt. The finish is sweet, warm, and lasting. Beautiful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3824) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Nose of caramelly malts, plums, and a little vanilla; hazy dark amber color with very little head; Rich malty flavor with some dark friutiness, and some oak woodiness, almost tastes like an oak-aged barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Deep garnet with a thin oily head. Nose is alcoholic with woddy notes including vanillin and coconut. Flavour is slightly roast, both from malts and the wood, with a sweet vanillin, chocolate. Strong bitterness exists, but is detected not perceived. Some raisin notes appear with warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Pours a deep rich caramel color with no head. Aroma and flavor is very caramelly and malty. I would assume this is the ’06 bottling due to the very pronounced coconut and vanilla aroma and flavor. Definitely a must for bourbon fans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 28, 2006
Poured a solid mahogany color with no head. Carbonation was almost nonexistent. Many flavors emerge- oak, bourbon, brown sugar, fig, maybe a hint of banana. Alcohol makes itself known in the finish, in a nice warming way. My first old ale, but this made a good first impression.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Nice, dark mahogany body with a small dainty head around the sides of the glass. The aroma is pleasantly fruity, but very mild, and light. The flavor is interestingly complex: woody, and of course, full of bourbon, enough so where there is a distinct alcohol astringency in the beer, although this may just be due to its high alcohol content in general. Sweet, rich and chewy mouthfeel. Not the best old ale, but I will look for this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
notalush (4833) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2006
2006 bottled acquired in trade from TAR (thanks, Jeff!) - dark burgundy color, with foamy, lasting white lace - the nose is dominated by bourbon and wood, with some background old ale qualities of fig, brown sugar, roasted nuts and chocolate that struggle to make their presence known - vanilla and oak appear first in the flavor, followed by a very strong bourbon presence that, like in the aroma, kind of mutes the other flavors a bit too much - some caramel malt and mild spiciness try to get some space on the taste buds, but big bad bourbon’s fat, boozy ass takes up the whole damn dance floor - I like bourbon, so I still enjoyed the experience of drinking this somewhat, but it really needs more balance and something to subdue the cloying sweetness - I never thought I’d say this, but can brewers please stop aging their beers in bourbon barrels?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Poured a murky brown topped by a film but no head. Aroma was of watered down bourbon with some sweetness and dark fruits. First taste was WTF is this. Tastes like a mid quality strong ale with a shot of scotch tossed in. I loathe scotch and that killed it right there. It faded as it warmed. I’ll have to try one at room temp and see if it still sucks.

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