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RATINGS: 1478   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1786) - - OCT 3, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 11-23-13- Served on tap in a snifter Appearance – The beer is served a clear deep golden amber color with a small thick looking white head. The head fades rather slowly leaving a decent level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is of a sweet caramel and a decent level of a bready smell. Along with these aromas are some notes of darker fruits with some raisin and prune as well as some other sweet smells of toffee and molasses. Along with these smells are some oak and booze which combined with the rest to produce a sweet, warming and malty aroma overall. Taste – The taste begins with a rather sweet and smooth taste. The taste is largest of a smooth bready and caramel flavor with hints of light roasted and dark fruits within. The roastiness get slightly stronger as the taste advances with the darker fruits of raisin and plum getting stronger as the taste advances as well. Some more boozy flavors start to work their way in more toward the middle of the taste with some nice molasses sweetness coming to the tongue as well. With the booze and the sweeter flavors that come to the tongue more toward the middle, and a little bit of an oaky, rum like flavor, that comes to the tongue at the end, one is left with a nice smooth and sweet warming flavor to be left on the tongue. Mouthfeel –For a brew of almost 10 % abv it is very drinkable yet appropriate in style. The body of the beer is on the thicker side rather nicely accentuating all the sweet and malty flavors of the beer while the carbonation of the brew is on the lower side, which allows all the oaky, sweet, and malty flavors tons of time to linger on the tongue. Overall – A very enjoyable sweet and malty brew. Just what an old ale should be.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagobears (424) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Pours a hazy amber into snifter. Aroma is full of toffee, orange peel, and molasses. The molasses is at the forefront in flavor. The oak also comes on strong which I like. This is initially sweet on the palate but is well balanced with a complex spiciness and slightly acidic. A vanilla richness lingers on the palate. This is a top shelf ale right here.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (1975) - California, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Amber red in color... Aroma of molasses, vanilla, toffee, oak... Flavor is caramel, toffee, molasses, coconut, vanilla... Oak on finish... Really good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"this is close to nailing the style right on the head. wonderful complex malty sweet aroma. flavor and feel are very nice, but not quite up to par with the smell due to the alcohol presence. roasted malt, plum sweetness. very good brew."

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2280) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Poured a very clear dark amber color with a minimal head. Aroma of fruit and bourbon with some coconut and vanilla notes. Kind of smelled like a pina colada at first. Light tartness in the aroma. The flavor led to more coconut, bourbon and malt. Light alcohol with a nice warming sensation. It was more like drinking a coctail than a beer but it wasn’t bad because of that. Medium to full bodied

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleigator (265) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 26, 2014
Pours a decent bubbly head, with an amber, rubinred color. Aromas of caramel malts with a lot of toffee and a small raisin infusion, while cane sugar and molasse build the foundation with hints of vanilla and rum on top. Begins sweet, with bready hints, which get swallowed by even sweeter sugar and molasse. These stay in balance with wooden, leathery, heavy malts, wrapped up by a slick bitterness. Has an oily, spicy maltiness to it, with vanilla and cream underneath, which defines the character of this brew. It is still pretty sweet on the palate, but without loosing its balance, as it finishes with a gentle, hoppy bitterness of matured hops and oaky hints. The alcohol gets perfectly hidden by the sweet malts, creating a smooth mouthfeel with a slick finish, while being medium-bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (1209) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Bottle pour amber copper. Nose toffee, molasses, and slightly boozy. Taste similar to the nose, sweet malt, and some alcohol. Mid palate light bitter and hint of tannin. Finish revisits the toffee.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JuggeL (1) - - SEP 24, 2014 does not count
Complex rich beer with very good balance. Lots of alchol but yet balanced. Hints of aniseed and cinnamon howering over malt molasses and oak This is for you if you like big brooding beers.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
alkolas510 (688) - SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2014
Bärnstensfärgad med litet ljust skum. Doftar grönsaker och spritigt.. Smakar bättre med maltig dominans men väldigt söt och lite alkohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bygers (830) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle 0,33l. Pours a light amber colour with white head. Aroma of caramel, hops and brown sugar. Favour is sweet, caramel, malts and dried fruits. Finish vanilla and bourbon. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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