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RATINGS: 1579   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2007
From a 12oz Bottle. Transparent, golden honey colored pour with shades of ripened peach flesh and blood orange skins, topped with a thin layer of creamy caramel head. Big, fruity aroma of fresh strawberries and drizzled caramel sauce over the top of some fresh vanilla ice cream. Some pecan pralines and chewy raisins add further complexity. Tantalizing. A hint of alcohol is the only detractant in the bouquet, mild mannered, but noticeable in that its a sharp contrast to the soft nature of the other aromatics. Full bodied, but filled with a light carbonation that really makes this one melt across the palate like a tingly dessert foam. A little bit of black cherry, complete with pit tannins, and some caramelized, peaty suggestions of a single malt scotch. Some broken leather and brandy touches as well. A bit dryer in flavor, the oakiness from the barrel comes across more strongly in the mouth than in the nose, lingering especially strong in the finish. Warming, bourbony finish. I get the feeling that if this was aged properly, some fruity oxidation notes would really help open this one up a bit, as the fruity character in the nose is quite marvelous; the dryness and heat on the palate is a bit of a let down after such a pleasant olfactory introduction. A nice treat, and certainly offers enough complexity to ponder. Thanks, Tom!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
thedm (5084) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 1, 2007
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were and left behind a hazy with fine particulate dark brown colored body and a poor lacing. The aroma was malty. The mouth feel was tingly at the start with a mellow finish. The weird yucky flavor wasa way off the mark for me with notes of weird maltiness. A horrible one that I would not buy again. So against the grain it looks like a rerate is in store for this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Bottle: Murky brown, thin spritzy light beige head, sparce lacing.   Oaken nose, Bourbon, slight vanilla.   Sweet Bourbony start, alcohol is slightly noticeable.   Soft tart dark pitted fruit, black cherries, candied walnuts, all make for a pretty damn fine treat.   Fairly smooth, yet not overly rich.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Not sure what to make of the underlying beer as the Oak/Bourbon dominate.   Remains fairly malty and warming.   Soft alcoholic Bourbon kick at the finish.   This would have been better suited for a Porter or Stout, but its still fairly tasty as is.   Thanks Matt for this one!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Bottle. Cognac scent. Rose, muddish hints. Earthy. Similar in taste. Evaporates very quickly off the tongue. Exquisite though not appreciated fully by me since this is not my favorite style.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1944) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2009 Cloudy amber with light head / Big, sweet, winey nose of coconut, caramel, and bourbon / Full body, thick and moderately syrupy, with superb balance and finish / Flavors of coconut, bourbon, caramel, milk chocolate, vanilla, and oak / One hell of a brew - almost flawless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2007
bottle just a little over a year old. i believe that this is from the 2006 bottling. i have been trying to drink this for last two months but something always comes up.....but not tonight. pours thick clear dark copper almost brown with a nice tan head that disappears into a thin film. aroma warm vanilla brown sugar caramel oak bourbon......with something slightly musty about it....or maybe dusty....the aroma has something of an old....aged feel that I believe for some reason would be there without the age. very nice. flavor sweet caramel vanilla with a light spicy black pepper bite. very nice finish. sweet caramel vanilla spicy warm black pepper alcohol light raison notes that all melds together to create a warm lasting impression on the palate. full thick mouth feel. very nice smooth high gravity beer. very nice bourbon presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4020) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Bottle from a trade. Tasted this right after Lagunitas Brown Shugga. Tthought this old ale was much more roasty and complex than the BS. Rich roasty malt lasts througjhout. Pretty darn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Bottle. Deep reddish brown with a modest tan head. Sweet aroma with notes of oak, vanilla, fruit and bourbon. Sweet caramel malt flavor. Nice dark chocolate and hops assert themselves towards the end. Delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2007
not too bad, and not too strong. it wont be a repeat for me but thats not to say it isnt a quality beer. pretty sure we got the 2006 bourbon barrel aged version, it had a whiskey aroma and slight taste of it too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 Not a bad brew. Smell and taste are like whiskey/bourbon/wine? Way to over the top on the bourbon flavor. It over rides any real beer characteristics. Maybe I need another one and need to let it sit a while...

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