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RATINGS: 1741   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shot (436) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2016
Pours a dark copper with a thin sticky head. Aromas of vanilla, toffee and oak. Flavors of toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, leather and oaky notes. Substantial booziness. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenkiGonzo (1035) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 3, 2016
Bottle from Number 21. Clear, deep copper with no lacing. Boozy, whisky oak aroma. Very light, incredibly smooth with sweet molasses and a whisky oak finish. Crazy good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bawelt (517) - Lyon, FRANCE - MAR 31, 2016
Mérite d’être vieillie. Nez assez belle avec pas mal de levure, du malt, et un peu de boisé. Bouche assez proche d’une quadruple avec les gouts de mélasse, des notes de chêne très perceptibles bien soutenues par les levures. Vraiment bonne mais reste un peu jeune.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (2156) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2016
This pours the deepest amber-mahogany into the glass, with a fully diminished head that leaves little to trace lacing. There is vanilla bourbon to the nose, alongside woody oak, dark stone fruits, toffee and caramel chews. Flavors showcase the oaked bourbon aspect, with vanilla, toffee, Candi sugar, caramel, plums, licorice, unsalted crackers and light diacetyl notes, finishing with a burning alcoholic woody bitter. The full body is oily on the palate, has a chewy mouthfeel, and is slick down the gullet. This acts like an old ale, feels like an old ale, and presents/represents fully as an old ale. Great example of the style from one of America’s most respected breweries. Kudos!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vadie (1230) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2016
Couleur du cuivre foncer, presque rouge, avec très peu de mousse mais les très belles dentelles. L’arôme est bordée du malt, avec du caramel, sucre brun, mélasse, un peu de chêne et presque pas d’houblon. En bouche c’est encore très malté. D’abord il y a du caramel, mélasse et sucre brun, c’est un peu sucré et un peu lourde sur la palate, mais le malt puissant est accompagner presque toute de suite par une bonne amertume. C’est très près d’un barleywine mais plus buvable. Avec le montant d’houblon ca irait bien vieillie en cave.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kingaugusta (224) - Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2016
Pours a hazy gold amber with a lingering off white head. Nose is restrained and a little sweet with a bit of oak. The barrel aging dominates the front with complex lighter flavors coming out on the backside. Alcohol is well-hidden. A little unremarkable but drinkable especially given the strength

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
nerdboy19 (171) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - MAR 20, 2016
Appear : Clear ruby-amber color with foamy head. - 4 Aroma : Grainy malt aroma and woody-oak aroma. - 7 Mouthfeel : Medium carbonate, medium body, creamy. - 4 Taste : Bitter, sweet, soft woody, a little bit of booze underneth. - 6 Overall : Don’t get what this beer is. - 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatehunter (2216) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2016
One finger of head on a dark straw body. Aroma is spices, molasses, oak and lemon. Taste is dark fruit sweet, a bit of dry wood, and a mild dry bitter finish. Texture is thicker. Nice flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewtalita (227) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 29, 2016
Deep amber, hazy. Low beige head. Aroma toffee, candi sugar, butter biscuit, oak chips and rum cask. Palate medium, low carbonation. Pleasant and warming finish. Taste herbal notes, toffee, molasses, milk chocolate and vanilla. Wonder-fucking-ful! Complex and original beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13112) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle 2010 vintage poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of toffee, fruitiness, sherry, spice and light caramel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, sherry and dried fruit with a smooth lingering sherry finish.

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