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RATINGS: 1539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1437) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Sample at The Answer The Old Ale poured a clear golden brown color with smallish head. There is some limited lacing. You detect sweet caramel malts and citrus. Your flavors are similar to the aromas. Hop bitterness builds into the finish for a clean, tidy swallow. This is my first Old Ale. The very smooth ale was well-balanced which hides the 9.8 % ABV very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GIJOE (769) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - NOV 7, 2014
Pours a reddish brown, with a fine, foamy, white head that dissipate to film in 2-3 minutes. Nose is malt and caramel with some floral hop hints. Taste is mildly bitter. Full bodied richness; lively carbonation. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (1263) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 30, 2014
0,355L bottle. Pours red copper with light tan head. The head doesn’t stay. Aroma is spices, clove, hops, caramel and alcohol. Flavor is sweet, spices, clove, malt, caramel, fruits, and wood. Finish is fruity-spicy dry bitter. Overall: very nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (5903) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2014
Bottled from Systembolaget Hazy deep golden/copper. Small, bubbly head. Sweetish aroma with tidbits and fudge. Sweet in flavour with salty liquorice and sweet, dried fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (3894) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 25, 2014
Tap@ olutexpo 2014. Deep amber, thick white head. Chestnut, caramel, hops in aroma. Flavor has nuts, caramel, alcohol, fudge. Long finish. Dark fruity finish, slightly boozy finish. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (3139) - FINLAND - OCT 25, 2014
Tap@olutexpo14. Malty, toffee sweet malty, lite raisins. Full bodied, some whisky notes. Smooth clean, nice.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_est_deus (820) - örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2014
Bärnstens färgad med ett brun-orange skum. Doft: Kola, nötter, kanderat socker, malt, billiga dadlar, frukt soda. Smak: Frukt soda, kanderat socker, rostade mandlar, mörk kola, delikat malt smak, lite trä, alkohol. Stark 7:a.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lemke10 (864) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2014
This pours a deep brown color with a slight head. The aroma is slightly sweet. The taste is smooth and sweet. A must try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Humlehode (158) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Pours dark brown, small head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, some coffee. Sweet with quite high bitterness. A lot of oak. Overall a good beer but the oak becomes a bit overpowering after a while. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lele (214) - Padova, ITALY - OCT 15, 2014
Birra particolare e spettacolare. Il colore è già una particolarità: color ruggine, manto di volpe, tendente all’arancione. Schiuma fine, poco spessa e poco persistente, di color giallo/arancione molto chiaro. Nell’aroma si percepiscono chiarissime note liquorose, barricate nonché di succo di melagrana e di frutti rossi, leggermente aciduli. In bocca è un capolavoro. Il liquore barricato è ciò che prevale: Porto, Grand Marnier, whiskey si sentono chiaramente. Il dolce del maltato è predominante, ma alla fine del sorso si avvertono anche leggere note amaricanti e un leggerissimo salato, che rendono la bevuta ancora più interessante. Può essere paragonata anche ad una Barley wine, per il suo carattere liquoroso e "stagionato", avendo però delle sue note peculiari.

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