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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.
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 15/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2011 Hazy, red color, a touch of brown with an almost nonexistent head. Very fruity, candy-like, taffy, and pina colada in the nose. A very unusual flavor profile. Coconut prevails. Tropical oil, candied sugar, alcoholic warmth, and a balancing bitterness to a nicely syrupy palate of jaggery? sugar-like flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUL 13, 2006
Great flavor to this one, before I even took a sip, I thought "Scotch" it smelled like a scotch, malty, had a nice scotch flavor to it, even though I think its bourbon. Peppery, warming, nice brew. Alcohol is well hidden. Thanks to Duane for this great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1715) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2006
Pours amber/copper, with a small, head. Aromas are fruit, malt, coconut, and rum. Flavors are fruit, rum, bourbon, malt, and brown sugar. Thanks to my secret santa for this bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2691) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2006
12oz bottle f/Archer Liquors, Bottled April 3 according to the site, no date on bottle. Pours a copper brown with a medium, thick tan head. Aroma is of rum, somewhat fruity, with some burnt caramel and raisins. Taste is much the same with some vanilla with a little bitterness midway through, alcohol warming throughout. Soft carbonation, very creamy mouthfeel. Been waiting a while for this one. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Wonderful nose -- bold and vibrant, with hints of rum and fresh-cut coconut. Cloudy, deep amber. Super smooth with a milkshake-like texture; mild carb. Malts exuded with sugar water-soaked wood and vanilla, with lesser hints of caramel and powdered cocoa. Moderate bitterness. Curious background aromas of perfume, seaweed and mysterious spices. Alcohol was hidden well on the front end, but it was affectionately warming on the back end. Curiously enough, it tastes more like this beer was aged in rum barrels rather than bourbon barrels. Nevertheless, itís a nice sweet-sour addition.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2006 Pours a clear deep copper with a thin off white head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, smokey, light herbal spice, phenolics and light fruity esters mixed with spiced rum- tons of sticky sweet caramel malts. More sweet spiced rum flavor- alcohol is apparent, pepper, hot, bourbon and more wood. Very smooth, but the body is a bit light for such a strong old ale. Nice and complex though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3127) - Tennessee, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Medium brown body that sets up a finger sized head of tan. Smooth and sweet with a bit of hop bitterness just showing at the finish. Medium body. This hides itís alcohol well until you feel the flush.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10566) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Bottle. Poured dark hazy brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy sweet malty and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Heavy sweet flavor with a heavy bitter small alcohol finish of long duration. This is a standout beer and may indicate a change in style of brewer or a different brewmaster.

   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 (5465) - 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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