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RATINGS: 1520   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Speaking of the bourbon-aged ’06 version. This Old Ale has an incredible WOW factor. I still recall my first sip (a slap on the face by a enchanting barmaid). By the end of the first bottle, though, I had some criticism: the strong (though pleasing, like a decadent dessert) brown sugar/molasses/vanillin notes overpowered this brew’s otherwise superb range. The cellar has cured this...and now the Curmudgeon is firmly seated on my top 10 list!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2914) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Murky brownish orange in color with a thin head, but I didn’t expect much of an appearance from this style. The aroma was oak, pineapples, light coconut, maple, alcohol/whiskey/bourbon type of something going on. The flavor was pretty nice, all of the aroma in there, definitely a malty little sucker, yet pretty smooth. Mouhtfeel was moderately thick, yet still a touch grainy (not sticky at all) and lightly carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4388) - Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Bottle. Small, smooth tan head that mostly diminished, no lacing, minimal carbonation, semi-transparent, and an orange brown hue. Nose was oak, caramel,vanilla, malty, sweet, alcohol, and earthy. Flavor was malty, caramel, vinuous, vanilla, and sweet. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium body. Nicely done and worthy of a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgburdman9 (858) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a rusty red hue to it and not much of a head. Huge aroma of oak, vanilla, bourbon, and caramel. Flavor was sweet and very flavorful. I got a little of the smokiness, oak, bourbon, and not much alcohol except for a slight burn that resembled bitterness. Pretty solid, and how did I never buy this when it was first released??

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2635) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Thanks to a few traders for this beer. Pours out a murky rust color with a sweet, molasses/wood nose. Nice mouthfeel. Sweet with notes of some smoke, wood, molasses, vanilla and some bourbon. Intense range of flavors. Solid beer

   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, I’m not surprised that there wasn’t much foam. Smell; wow, there’s a very strong woody aroma here, as well as a what I can only describe as brandy. Is this barrel aged? There’s dark fruits, such as cherries and dates, and I’m 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 I’m picking up some coconut, that wasn’t 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 wouldn’t 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!!!

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