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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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TorbenJensen (1396) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2015
This is a beer with thin creamy foam. It has a beautiful reddish brown clear color and smells really good of summer berries. The taste is rich and tart of rowan and has a very warm alcohol. Very vinous ale, which is really not at all reminiscent of old ale, but rather barley wine. The difference between the two types of beer is not always so clear. It is very vinous and clearly fruity ascendancy of acid fruits. I seem to be able to sense rowan berries and grapefruit, but also some fruit sweetness in the form of prune or plum are present in the final. It is undoubtedly delicious and delicate, and may be even better for long-term storage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jahe (133) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle, pours copper colored with small white head. Complex aroma with malt, caramel, vanilla, sherry. Thick sweet palate. Taste sweet malt vanilla whiskey oak some alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HerrBierkoenig (801) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 7, 2015
From 0,355l bottle, BBD: 05.12.2015 Pours light cloudy brilliant golden amber liquid, small to medium frothy tan head, Aroma: candied apricots, resins, molasses, floral, warming alcohol, Taste: heavy sweet, medium bitter, no acid, sweet, candied fruits, citrus, lemon grass, floral, molasses, resins, warming alcohol, whiskey wooden taste, harsh bitter sweetness, Palate: full body, oily texture, soft carbonation, long sweet alcohol finish, Overall: perfect old ale, bit too sweet, but still very nice and tempting. Enjoyed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rich71 (83) - Rijnsburg, NETHERLANDS - AUG 7, 2015
Koperkleurig bier. Schuimkraag dik maar verdwijnt snel. Zoete smaak die overgaat in bitter. Apart. Ruikt vanille zoet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
angelkostvo (977) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 3, 2015
Hazelnut colour, off white head. Aroma of dark sugar, liquirice, dried plums, vanilla.Taste is medium sweet and very well balanced. Medium body, oily to creamy texture, average carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeebon (336) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2015
Pours copper amber with tan bubbly head which settles thin leaving a nice lacing. Aroma is strong on the caramel and malt, some vanilla, pine, spruce and woody. Taste is very sweet initially before settling back and the bitterness comes through giving it a nice drying pallette sensation. Reminds me of barley wine. Palate is smooth, noticable natural carbonation. Overall a very nice, slick and drinkable beer, especially considering the strength!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
seymour (1750) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2015
Sampled at Whole Foods, it poured a clear light brown colour with off-white foam, lasting with lace. Malty, bready like a good ESB, caramelly like a good Scotch ale, subtle nutty and toasty notes, complex, but perhaps most notably: very hoppy. Lots more hop bitterness and flavour than an authentic English Old Ale, but delicious in its own arrogant American way. I can totally understand why this one is so highly rated. Definitely something I’ll buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grima (2212) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - JUL 27, 2015
Bottle from Bierkompass!
Bottled 02/24/2009! Pours ruby red with a small off-white head. Aroma of resin, plum, dark dried fruits and caramel. Taste has sweet malt notes, lots of caramel and brown sugar as well as dried fruits and lots of plum. Finish is strong malty, very sweet with brown sugar, fruits, caramel and an earthy undertone. Really nice one, which spent 6 years in the bottle!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
King_Alex_II (791) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 25, 2015
Red brown color with foam ring and some particles. The smell is very sugary and creamy with a diffuse fruit note. The taste is weirdly attractive and a little repelling. Sirupy, sugary, fruity (raisins?), caramel, foresty, oily, smooth, round and I don’t know what is weird about it. This beer is special and you should try it. Interesting and weird. The taste is intense and suddenly stops a few moments later in the mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SinH4 (1399) - Garching, GERMANY - JUL 25, 2015
Amber color with big beige head. Caramel, tobacco, vanilla, some hops, something you don?t have in other comparable beers I can?t quite describe. Taste is caramel, toffee, more vanilla, piney, bitter boozy finish, plums. Smooth carbonation, thick mouthfeel. Awesome.

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