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RATINGS: 1401   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Bottle. Pours a murky caramel brown with some red hues peeking through. Off white diminishing. head At first the aroma was very faint, but became more pronounced as it warmed, which was of sugary caramel and alcohol. Mouthfeel is a suprisingly medium light.. Initial flavor of caramelized sugar, vanilla, and oak quickly transitions to a pronounced boozy, warming, and astringent finisih. Hops really take a back seat in the finish. What was really weird about this that is goes down the throat so smoothly, like velvet. No stickiness. Not bad, but I did find the flavors and transitions fighting each other. This one maybe a little young for my tastes. Iíll put one back and see how it ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JugOPunch (83) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 10, 2006
12oz bottle: A cloudy brown pour with a slight head that dissipates. A lush aroma of sweet malt, cream, coconut, bourbon and slight alcohol. The flavor is mellow sweetness with the bourbon aging blending and melding very nicely. Itís not obtrusive at all. In fact, it gives a nice complimentary sweet and creamy coconut like flavor. A slick creamy mouth feel and full body make this very drinkable despite the 9.3 ABV. This is an excellent beer. I think I"ll grab another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle from Styles, Thanks Chris. I had a hard time trying to put descriptors to this. The nose did have some oak and woodiness but also had some thing like a moldy piece of fruit that you found in your lunch box on a monday morning. The taste was just as hard to describe but I really liked it. The BA-ing was pretty subtle to me. I wish I had a lot more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (3951) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 7, 2006
This was better than most bourbon barrel aged beers Iíve had, but please, Iím begging for this fad to slow down. Pours very dark copper with beige head that dwindles fairly quickly. Aroma is bourbon - traces of the malt as in there, but they are hidden by the dominant bourbon. Medium to full bodied beer with light carbonation. LOTS of bourbon on teh taste. There is some malt, but hard to make out characteristics of it. After a while the bourbon falls out a little bit and the malt comes out more with a very musty caramel taste. I wish I wouls have had this beer before the bourbon barrel aged version. If I want bourbon, Iíll buy a damn bottle - please stop doing this to the beers. At the very least state it is barrel aged on the bottle or 4 pack holder.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9113) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2007 Bottle 2006... Mostly clear, burnt orange ale with a small , creamy, khaki head. Malty, woodsy nose with lots of bourbon. Boozy, bitter flavor. Malt sweetness followed by hop and alcohol bitterness. Full-bodied and oily with faint carbonation. Finishes grassy and woodsy. Thanks go out to growler for sharing the bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2080) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 2, 2006
bottle from Steve (punkrkr27) Thanks!! 2006 bottle. Pours out light red / dark orange. Not much of a head. Smells sweet, strong flavors of bourbon, and fruity. Taste is overwhelming of whiskey at first, then it slowly subsides. After the initial disgust of bourbon (i cant drink it much after college) the well roundedness and easy drinking ability of this one shows. Towards the end I was really enjoying the beer and was sad to see it finish. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7125) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Bottled. Poured a deep burgundy with very little going on in terms of head. Nose was of sweet Kentucky bourbon upfront followed by a sufficiently ample plum, toffee, cherry, and deep caramel presence behind it. Fuller mouthfeel with a whole bunch of malts (scorched earth, toasty caramel, and candied plums) and rich, well-placed bourbon overtones. Finish found vanilla and oaky notes to go with the aforementioned goodness. This was really good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Bottle: Caramel head, deep ruby red body. For them talking up the maltiness, I tasted a good blast of bitter hops, perhaps drawn out by the alcohol. Bourbon character messed up with the strange, sweet yet weak malt. My 4-pack was dominated by alcohol. After one of these my friend asked if I was drinking whiskey from my ceramic mug. He could smell the booze on my breath from 3 feet away. 4 pack = $13!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 30, 2006
(thanks to 1faststi for the hook-up)poured a deep red with no head.loads of lovely bourbon in the aroma.as well as some caramel malt.caramel malts hit my tounge first.then the bourbon,followed by loads of sweet vanilla.alcohol was well hidden and the mouthfeel was nice and smooth.this is yet another outstanding brew from the founders crew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Pours a hazy mahogany with a thin creamy off white head. Aroma is small cramel malt. Flavor is small lighty roasted malts with a note of bourbon on the finish. Rather thin in the body. A pretty decent brew but a little one dimensional.

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