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RATINGS: 1382   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2006
I think somebody put rum in mine. The mix of vanilla and bourbon barrel woodiness gives this a very rum like scent and flavor. My 4oz sample was more than enough, but it was interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5460) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Very nice. The only downside I can see to this delightful ale is that the Bourbon mayhaps carries too much weight. The body is a murky chestnut color and sports a light ecru head - for a while. The aroma is intense with malts, juicy dark fruits, warming spices, alcohol, and, alas, just a tad too much Bourbon. Nice and thick in the mouth. The malts are dark and sweet in the tasting, the fruitiness recedes to the background, some dark brown sugar kicks in, oak makes its presence known, the alcohol tells you that this is a Big Beer, and the Bourbon blends in smoothly. Nice warm, sweet, peppery finish. As MrsFrankenkity might say, "More!"

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlKHall (161) - West Hartford, Connecticut, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Appearance is a brown amber-orange. Flavor has initial sweetness: plums and pineapple, also has aspects of cinnimon and vanilla. Has a whisky/bourbon character to it which is very interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2006
This is an incredible brew! Definitely borders on the Barleywine style--but I liked this even better. The Old Curmudgeon poured a deep brown with red highlights. The aroma was of sweet candied malts. The flavor followed that perfectly. There was just the right amount of hops in the back end to make this a very well rounded beer. One of my new favorites.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2006
From bottle. Pours a murky brown/orange with no head. Nose is of rotting flowers and off-alcohols. Kind of unpleasant. Flavor is of a mellow sweet malt that still has some of the nose. Palate is smooth and thick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3292) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2006
12 oz bottle. My 35th style! half way there. Almost clear dark amber. Dab of grey head remains. Dusty prune-sweet nose with some medicinal orange. Bananas in rum, cherries and butterscotch. Medium body with enough carb to hold down the sweeter side. Lingering finish yields candy complexities.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2187) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2010 This is one ale not lacking for aroma and flavor. Aromas of ripe fruits, including plum and strawberry, sweet malts and alcohol. Bourbon, caramel, cotton candy and plum dominate the flavor. Wood from the barrel is also folded into the flavors. A slightly bitter taste ó grapefruit ó sneaks in toward the end. The body is thin and nicely carbonated. Acidic and dry finish. Dark brown/copper translucent pour with thin head. Update: 2-11-10. Amber body. Short, off-white head, mostly diminishing. Aroma of bourbon, wood, ripe dark fruits, plum, strawberries. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, moderate carbonation. Very sweet start turns boozy with lots of whiskey notes. Peppery bitterness from alcohol and hops linger in the finish. Overly sweet. Lots of alcohol. Not as god as I remember it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Bottle from Pailheadenstein. Murky brown colored, no real head formation and no lacing left. Aroma is kind of pleasant to me. Full malty, bits of molasses and fruit. Full bodied with a very low carbonation level. Very sweet tasting, tons of residual sugars are left in this one. Alcohol is pretty up front, I didnít pick up much bourbon notes in aroma or flavor with this, not that that is bad. Decent, alcohol is a bit overbearing, could use a touch more carbonation but decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 26, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2006 Bottle from Julios consumed on 6/26/06.
Rich plum red color with strong copper-auburn overtones, minimally hazy, but with a fair amount of sediment already having settled at the bottom. Tiny bubbles rise throughout and bolster an off-white-to-buttercream colored head that is neat and mostly well-retained.
The nose is full and alive with coconut, light tannins and almost a citrus or pineapple note (also from the wood). The beer behind it is a bit tame and difficult to discern. I gave it quite a while to breath and have served it only lightly chilled to begin, but yet I canít get passed the pineapple/coconut of the barrel. Not that it smells bad, Iím just expecting plenty of malt as spoken about in the commercial description.
Diving in to the flavor, Iím yet again lost in a sea of bourbon, alcohol (very sharp) and coconut/pineapple. The mouthfeel is silky, rich and extremely soothing, with light, appropriate carbonation and soft bubbles, but whereís all of this old ale? Some lightly chewy prunes and raisins emerge on the finish, but the beer is dominated by bourbon/wood-tannin notes. Hmm, maybe just needs more patience. So letting it sit out a while longer, quite fully warmed, I now get a touch more smooth, semi-sweet toffee and plump raisins up front, but itís chased away by the bourbon on end. So Iím near the end of the glass and not much has changed. Sweet toffee, some light caramel and dark fruits, mostly bourbon and tannin. Like a bourbon scotch ale, or a bourbon porter or bourbon barleywine. Donít know whatís "Old Ale" about this, certainly not an English Old Ale or anything remotely close. Alcohol could be better hidden, malt depth is rather lacking, etc, etc, etc. Mouthfeel stands out as a strong point and there is fair lacing is left in webs on the glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2006
Bottle. No date. The editorís note makes it sound like it was only bottled once. Ugly, multi-brown and a small, frothy, tan cap. Aroma of rich, roasty malt, wood, vanilla, bourbon, subtle yet pungent dark fruits. Flavor adds a peat like earthiness and a touch of smoke. Peaty finish. Old Scotch Ale. Big malty brew. Palate is a bit watery up front, but fills up quickly. Smooth. Great brew.

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