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RATINGS: 1633   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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 18/20
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Cranberry and apple aroma. Taste has noted of bitter berries, vanilla, wood and tart cherry. Finish is bitter cherry with a boozy afterglow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBHansen (451) - KÝge, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2015
Draught @ Taphouse w the CEO. Appearance: pours slightly hazy amber with ok off-white soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, toffee, oak, raisins, whisky and some dark fruits. palette: strong aroma, average carbonation, full body, average to distinct malt sweetness, average bitterness, medium to long duration and an oily texture. Overall: nice complex "strong" old ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gregwilsonstl (1488) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 19, 2015
Amber. No head. Malty. Lots of oxidation. Tasted like cardboard. Tasted at brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mithe (1168) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 18, 2015
(tap 0,3l @ OP (Brno))
Aroma: Alcohol, dried berries, raisins, sweet, caramel, light spicy, later whisky smokiness.
Appearance: Ligth hazy amber color. Medium, white head.
Taste: Medium sweet, dried berries, caramel, light whisky smokiness.
Palate: Medium-full body. Sticky texture. Long, light warm finish.
Overall: Very good, complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (1478) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2015
Nice sipping beer. Hints of sweet malt and oak. Pretty copper color with a thin head. Smooth character with some heft. Flavors matched the aromas with a slight burnt flavor at the finish. A little boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Knilas (25) - Sidney, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2015
Very nice pour! Great flavor, although I thought it could be a lil more balanced. Looks awesome in the glass, and held up well to the cigar I was smoking that evening. That?s a plus for me!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
B23hopkins (5) - Owensville, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2015 does not count
Great beer, great choice for a late night drink. A must beer to try after a bad day at work!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rok1024 (1270) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - JUN 6, 2015
Cloudy brown reddish appearance, medium head. Strong malty and barley aroma, rich taste, smooth with alcohol well hidden. Very rounded and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
UrbanCaveman (167) - Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2015
12 oz bottle, poured into an oversized wine glass at ~45 degrees F. Appearance: Pours a mostly clear ruddy amber, and forms almost no head. What does form vanishes completely in short order, in a puff of fizzing. Smell: The aroma is subtle, barely there, likely due to the wide-mouth glass. It is mild caramel and sweetness, with very soft hints of oak. Taste: And alas, my hop sensitivity strikes. This has an earthy, ashy bitterness to it which becomes virtually all I can taste. I can faintly, oh so very faintly, make out wispy ghosts of sweet caramel beneath the dirty ashes, but thatís it. Mouthfeel: Acrid and harsh are the only things I can describe this as, like most beers that trip my hop sensitivity trigger. Overall: This is a beer Iíd cite as an example of where "old ale" and "English barleywine" are not necessarily synonyms - Iíve run into fewer English barleywines that I can barely drink than old ales. This may very well be a tasty beer, but itís one I canít enjoy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tandembrauer (682) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2015
Shared bottle @ Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours clear amber with off-white head. Aroma of caramel. Some sweetness, well balanced. Nothing special.

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