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RATINGS: 1564   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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Melker (235) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2014
Aroma of caramel, fruits (citrus, apple, raisins), wood, leather. Very sweet and bitter. Long aftertaste. Vad it fresh and it wad great but a little bit harsh.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zekada (411) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle share from a friend. Aroma has malt, dates and grapes. Pours clear amber with a small white head. Taste has some malts and is bittersweet with some fruit. Palate is medium thick and lingers in the mouth. Overall an okay beer. Nice body but you could wish for more taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shark_Pants (406) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2014
Clear ruby red with small soapy tan head. Lots of dried stone fruits and booze in the aroma, with molasses and malts as well. The taste has a big boozy hit, with molasses, sweet malt backbone, a little sweetened grapefruit and a long hop bitterness in the finish. Heavy bodied with a peppery sensation on the tongue. Itís somewhere between a barleywine, IPA and red ale. Quite good but could hide the booze a bit better.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GJF (1353) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Excellent beer. Aroma is very strong alcohol and malt. Alcohol in the flavor too, generally dry finish. Iíd rank this higher, but itís so damn expensive--itís good, but Iím not sure itís worth the price.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
agent_persik (512) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 30, 2014
Clean copper color, small beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel, vanilla, whiskey, dried fruits, spices. Sweet bitter taste has similar notes. Medium body and soft carbonation, warming touch of alcohol. Complex and interesting ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChiGuy68 (443) - Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Tasted from a 12oz. bottle. It poured a clear copper with a frothy off-white to light orange head. Aroma is sweet malt, spiced caramel, and alcohol. Smooth yet bold taste of malt, liquor, and caramel. This Curmudgeon packs a punch. A nice warming beer to enjoy on a cold winter night.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (408) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2014
Clear copper brown, with a quickly vanishing head. Big aroma of burnt toffee, smoky wood and traces of umami and nut. Medium body. There is some fruity, orange peel barley wine like flavour in the background, sitting behind dark malts and strong caramel. Boozy finish. Powerful, complex, one to take seriously.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1000) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Mahogany with fast-fading, coarse, off-white head. Fades to placid surface. Aroma is sweet wood, french toast with maple syrup, bit of blueberry. Flavor is caramel, some medicinal aftertaste (rather light) resulting in a short, unique bitterness. Yummy. A neat old ale. Some wood, but not too much vanilla in there. Body is medium-heavy, light-medium carbonation, moderate sized bubbles, yet some burn, oily/lightly creamy mouth feel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (774) - Iowa, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Draft at Bricks. Pours clear copper with very little head. Nose is caramel and some whiskey. Taste starts with some caramel sweetness and fades into whiskey. Kind of watery mouthfeel but you can taste all 9.8%.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirstyrabbit (1364) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 25, 2014
Bottle. A month to go until BB runs out. A bit hazy copper body with a medium head. Aroma has whiskey and some vanilla. This is very nice. Taste has smooth whiskey with interesting malts. Finish is sugary and very smooth, and at times feels too light. However, the alcohol is not very well covered in this light finish. A bit more complex than the two Bastards I tried before but still lacks roast/bitterness and flavour intensity to support all the booze.


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