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RATINGS: 1663   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (882) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2015
(355ml 2015 bottle from Systembolaget) Pours a clear dark amber-red with just a few white bubbles. Aroma only moderately strong, caramel and brown sugar maltiness, clove, cinnamon, fruitcake, vanilla oak, hints of stewed dates/plums. Flavour sweet, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, dates, golden raisins, some spices and oak. Dries a fair bit at the finish, bitter, woody, with a bite from a bit of hops and some alcohol. Fairly light bodied with very soft carbonation. A fairly sweet but quite oaky strong ale, but not rich or unctuous like a barley wine or even like many old ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lawger (242) - SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2015
2015 bottling. Pours a clear reddish chestnut or very dark amber with a solid 2.5 fingers of frothy pale khaki head. Subdued aroma even at room temperature, hints of rich malt, wet carton, some chocolate, caramel and a hint of herbs. Difficult to find any boosieness, but I find the aroma very muted overall. Full bodied palate, towards the sweet side with a slightly dank resinous quality to it. Rich milk chocolate. Moderate bitterness, but very little boosieness. Very well made. Will be interesting to see if the aroma develops with some ageing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niksko (535) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2015
Pours a dark amber brown, with a fluffy white head. Nose is oaky, molasses, musty, caramel. Flavor is lots of oak, molasses, caramel, toffee, a little citrus, plum. Sweet and almost ashy smoky finish. Medium to heavy body. Rich and warming, lovely oaky sweet flavor. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoTheO (39) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle. Dark amber with thin or no head. Really sweet taste from the molasses and oak. Vanilla notes of oak. Not really a big fan of oak aged beer but in this it works very well. Guess the ABV supports the oakiness in a balanced way. Finish has a lot of malt and some light bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsnicholas (436) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle (12oz): lol ear light brown with small tan head. Aroma slightly vanilla. The taste also was quite oaky and vanilla. Pretty dry. Alcohol in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartzluke (433) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Brewed with molasses and oak aged. 12 oz pour from room-temp bottle into sniffer. Reddish-orange, clear, off-white head. Nose is sweet, cherry, malty, a little brown sugar, a hint of wood. Full body and creamy. A little sharp in the end. A bit dry. Taste is nice. Oaky and malty up front with a notable boozy finish. Coffee-like bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dazz3 (1695) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2015
Bottled. Pours hazy brown with a big brown head. Smells and tastes nutty, candy malt and a bit grassy hoppy with a similar finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (1041) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear light brownish with a light tan head. Malt driven aroma with vinous notes, dates, prunes and sweet honey or syrup. Hints of wood as well. Taste is actually quite balanced. Starts out malty sweet. A neutral bitterness balances it out a bit. Finishes with a warming touch andva light sweetness. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patersoi (84) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2015
Pours clear deep amber with a dense cream head. Bouquet of sweet vanilla oak. Upfront sweetness quickly followed by bitterness balancing it out. Long finish keeps that duality of flavour all the way. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Furseth (2031) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle: Hazy red colour, big head. Aroma is dominted of fruits, citrus, flowery, seet malts. Flavor had a mix of vet woody, caramelly, smoked, sweet malts, salty, alcy in the end! Big body long smked/ woodu bitter finish.

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