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RATINGS: 1725   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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
VamboladeTolly (1348) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle. Pours daark amber with small head. Aroma is sweetish, toffee, caramel, malty, chocolate, slight roast. Taste is over medium sweet, toffee, caramel, milk chocolate. Medium + body. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weordie (713) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2016
Pours a deep ruby red with little to no head.Sweet, dark fruit aroma, stewed prunes and plums. A very smooth, sweet dark red fruit taste as well, with a hint of burgundy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ibrubeer (274) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 10, 2016
12 oz bottle. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. Color is Amber orange, somewhat cloudy, with a white head that leaves a little lacing. A little sweeter than expected, but still very pleasant. Light wood flavor is perfectly balanced. Full mouthfeel. Overall a great beer that tastes nowhere near the strength that it actually is. Beware!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joakgust (1317) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2016
Bottle. Clear amber red beer with a large white head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, bread, dried fruit, vanilla, oak and herbs. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, bread, herbs, vanilla and nuts. Well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjmoen (281) - - DEC 28, 2015
Pours a clear amber color with white head. Kinda bitter after taste and syrupy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (4801) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle. Tawny clear appearance with hardly any head. First impression was the strong presence of alcohol. Plenty of body but no real flavours. Perhaps I was feeling a bit grumpy when I tried this one but having said that it was still good, just not as good as I had expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mariuspoenari (1214) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2015
355 ml bottle. Clear ruby pour, little head. Smells of malted barley, caramel and caramelized fruit (cherries, prunes, stuff like that). Heavy caramel in the mouth, together with a hop bitterness and a metallic feeling in the background. Not one of the best old ales out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3942) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle, from the Guard of the Cellar, bottle dated 04-04-11, normally wouldnít just break out a 4 1/2 year old beer @ 2AM, but why the f not... I mean who am I to question the guard?
Pours a deep orange color with a small but well retained head and nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is aboud with toffee & tobacco. Itís got some mild oak & a little bit of cherry, maybe some clavados. Mildly oxidized at this point but the light sherry like character fits pretty well here.

The flavor is toffee forward with a little bit of pear and cherry. Itís still got some oak character but thatís melded into the flavor of the beer well at this age whereas it can be a bit brash when the beer is fresh. Itís certianly sweet but not cloying and has some nice plum , chocolte, & raisin flavor... The booziness is nicely warming and itís not much in the way of papery oxidation. This has aged very gracefully,
Iím never enormously impressed with this one fresh, so this is a plesant surprise. This is easily one of the most clear cut examples of a beer improving with extended aging.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
melush (2576) - SPAIN - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle 35,5cl / Botella 35,5cl. @ Cervezorama 2.0, Madrid, EspaŮa. A: Brown / Marron. T/S: Roasted malt, caramel, alcohol / Malta tostada, caramelo, alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TEJA (2121) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2015
Bottle from systembolaget, Sweden. Big and amasing lasting head for a 10 % beer. Nice malty aroma with mild caramell. Smooth caramell with alcohole clearly present and a firm bitterness. Big body and nice sipping beer.

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