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RATINGS: 1310   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mudwhomper (52) - Madison, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle aged a year - Aroma is boozy cherries. Pleasant amber hue with minimal head. Flavors of red fruit, mild sweet caramels and a faint hop backbone. Mild carbonation. Really great stuff

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (429) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2014
12 oz bottle from 2013 release. The pour is a nice deep copper, with an off-white head and a spotty lace down the side of the glass. The aroma is quite complex. There is a bit malt character throughout it. I like the toffee and molasses and how they provide a great sweetness throughout the nose. There is a subtle smokiness and some light oak on the back end. The flavor is just as complex. There is again, that big malt note on the front end. The molasses offers a great thickness and sweet flavor. The toffee fades through a little bit of an oak before the little bit of an alcohol burn sets in. The mouth feel is a touch thin, but the aftertaste is great. Not the best old ale out there, but it's a good one ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Weezel (104) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Pours really smooth with a dark amber hue and little head. Floral aromas and deep malt up front. The taste is sweet with a little hop zing in the beginning and the oak really shines lightly, but in a good way in the end. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (991) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2014
bottle. A ton of sticky sweet malt in the nose with some wood and light fruit notes. slightly cherry. Flavor is strong malt and slightly salty. A full mouthfeel but not cloying. a slight astringency and drying sensation from the wood. helps to add complexity and balance to the beer. pretty solid and drinkable. no sign of the nearly 10% abv.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (1378) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2014
12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of Jan. 2013. Pours murky orange-brown with a small, weak head. Aroma: sweet and boozy with a clear trace of oak. Flavor: Mildly sweet; pretty good until the finish and aftertaste, then notably better. Feel: medium-full body; slightly harsh (ABV); warming.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (1169) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Tap: Dense copper color with a small, off-white head that fades quite quickly, though the collar that’s left still leaves behind nice splotches of lace. Aroma is a little more basic & plain that I was first expecting... Toasted maltiness, light caramel, toffee, & a big sweetness throughout. Somehow the molasses & oak are lost on me. The taste, fortunately, delivers a little more. Big malty base; toffee, caramel, very light molasses with a warm & toasted breadiness all around. Heavy oak on the back of the tongue with appreciable alcohol heat. Mid-palate shows some sweet & faintly tart fruits; apple, grape, & ripe raisins. I get some subtle cinnamon-like spiciness with a bit of bitter, floral hops in the finish. A nice beer, though perhaps a little bland for what my expectations were.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mad_Ferret (553) - SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2014
355ml bottle @ home. Bottled 041312.
App: Clear, but with lots of particles, redish amber with a fluffy yellowed head. Nice lacings.
Aroma: Sweet sticky caramel, spun sugar, old leather, dried apricot, litchi, grapefruit and some vanilla.
Taste: Same sugary caramel sweetness with dried apricot, litchi, grapefruit and some figs. Soft vanilla and leather notes and a smooth woody finish with some licorice root in the after taste.
Palate: Medium to big body with soft carbonation and oily silky texture.
Overall: Very soft and drinkable. Sweet but not cloying. The barrel aging is delicate. I found it a bit tame. Maybe it should have been either older or younger. I was missing some bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2014
Draft to glass at the Vintner. Beautiful transparent pour with a nice red hue. Mild head with great lacing. Smells like a dry barelywine. Tastes of yeast, dates, and molasses.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
alethol (97) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2014
Really enjoyed this. Pours a murky amber with a good but smallish beige head. Rich aromas of vanilla, bourbon, malts, caramel. Complex. Taste is superb with sweetness perfectly balanced by the bitterness. Very smooth. Full body. Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (901) - SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle. Pours murky amber with almost no head. Aroma is figs, raisins, caramel. Taste is sweet caramel,


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