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RATINGS: 1492   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GJF (1279) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Excellent beer. Aroma is very strong alcohol and malt. Alcohol in the flavor too, generally dry finish. Iíd rank this higher, but itís so damn expensive--itís good, but Iím not sure itís worth the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
agent_persik (442) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 30, 2014
Clean copper color, small beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel, vanilla, whiskey, dried fruits, spices. Sweet bitter taste has similar notes. Medium body and soft carbonation, warming touch of alcohol. Complex and interesting ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChiGuy68 (426) - Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Tasted from a 12oz. bottle. It poured a clear copper with a frothy off-white to light orange head. Aroma is sweet malt, spiced caramel, and alcohol. Smooth yet bold taste of malt, liquor, and caramel. This Curmudgeon packs a punch. A nice warming beer to enjoy on a cold winter night.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (256) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2014
Clear copper brown, with a quickly vanishing head. Big aroma of burnt toffee, smoky wood and traces of umami and nut. Medium body. There is some fruity, orange peel barley wine like flavour in the background, sitting behind dark malts and strong caramel. Boozy finish. Powerful, complex, one to take seriously.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (866) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Mahogany with fast-fading, coarse, off-white head. Fades to placid surface. Aroma is sweet wood, french toast with maple syrup, bit of blueberry. Flavor is caramel, some medicinal aftertaste (rather light) resulting in a short, unique bitterness. Yummy. A neat old ale. Some wood, but not too much vanilla in there. Body is medium-heavy, light-medium carbonation, moderate sized bubbles, yet some burn, oily/lightly creamy mouth feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (640) - Iowa, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Draft at Bricks. Pours clear copper with very little head. Nose is caramel and some whiskey. Taste starts with some caramel sweetness and fades into whiskey. Kind of watery mouthfeel but you can taste all 9.8%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirstyrabbit (1157) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle. A month to go until BB runs out. A bit hazy copper body with a medium head. Aroma has whiskey and some vanilla. This is very nice. Taste has smooth whiskey with interesting malts. Finish is sugary and very smooth, and at times feels too light. However, the alcohol is not very well covered in this light finish. A bit more complex than the two Bastards I tried before but still lacks roast/bitterness and flavour intensity to support all the booze.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kauge (369) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle from Pothole in Tallinn (Ä 4,60 I think). Pours a beautiful translucent, somewhat cloudy, coppery orange with a small light beige head, leaving some lacing and sticking around the edge. Nose... beeeaaaautiful, makes me twitch in excitement. Itís got a strong whiskey-like oaky and peaty character combined with "raw" caramel, but also more delicate sweet aspects like vanilla, and tart red berries, indistinct spicy hops and some warmth coming from the alcohol. I honestly would just like to sniff this the whole night and then not show up at work tomorrow. Taste... equally mesmerising... Sweet like some plum wine, dark dried fruits there definitely, caramel too, raisins, alcohol, but also grainy malts in the background. Good bitterness giving it an extra kick.

Body relatively light, palate smooth and slippery, maybe even too much so for 10% - makes it kinda dangerous I think. Carbonation modest. Finishes with intense resinous bitterness amplified by alcohol, and somewhat balanced out by its raisiny sweetness.

I love such stuff. A bit less complex though than for example Ola Dubh 16, but still terribly enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinVanBeer (116) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Very mellow and drinkable for the style and high alcohol. Amber pour. Notes of honey and maple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4104) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Hazy amber colour with a small off-white head.
Aroma: Sweet malt, caramel, fruit, spices, alcohol.
Body: Full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, malt, fruit, spices, some alcohol.

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