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RATINGS: 1478   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
lb4lb (2552) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Smell is old stale malt. bandaid, gooey, caramel. Pretty smooth given the ABV, but not my favorite smell at all and flavor either. Decent, and better than the dirty bastard but far from anything iíd have again. kind of fruity, caramelly flavored malt. I can see how some would like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (1048) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Really nice, holding up even at the end of a night of great, and usually big beers. The malt is dominant and rich but not cloyingly sweet. The alcohol is warming, not burning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kdm1984 (699) - Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Copper-ish color. Nice-sized head, average retention, and thin, inconsistent rings of lacing. Smells like whiskey, brandy, or rum - and chocolate, of all things, along with the accompanying molasses. Maybe some fruit and cake, too. Well, that sure is different. Taste: mega boozy malt bomb. Oak. Very tart! Nose burns after first taste. Second taste: similarly potent. Also noticing lots of acid. Says it has the sweetness of a barleywine, but itís not that heavy-bodied despite everything else going on. Wow. Definitely not having an entire bottle of this tonight. A small pour is more than enough. Some neat things going on here, but itís all rather over-the-top. Recommended, but with plenty of caution. My eyes are even watering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (696) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear, but bright amber/orange with a thin, off white film head. Aroma is large. Sweetness, dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, and barrel notes. Taste is sweet but drinkable. Dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, and an alcohol warmth at the end. Not really an alcohol taste though. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Smooth texture in the mouth. Very slightly syrupy but not overly sweet with a semi dry finish. Overall very nice. Great sweet, dark fruit flavours blended with awesome barrel notes.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beachmaster (164) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 10, 2014
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy golden brown, with a moderate khaki head which quickly fades into a disc on the surface, leaving good lacing. Nose is malt and dark fruit. Taste follows the nose, with a hint of hop bitterness on the finish. Very smooth, well-balanced old style alt. Hides the 9.8 % ABV well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bricktop86 (582) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Pours clear light brown with a white head. Aroma is Aroma of dark fruits, roast, and molasses. Taste follows nose

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1418) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2014
Superior old ale that has a lot going on and stays just on the right side of sweet. Pours the colour of caramel with a solid plug of foam. Sweet and spicy on the nose - potentially too sweet for my taste but reserving judgement at this point. Chewy toffee dominates. Also sultanas, ginger powder and a winey note - Faugeres? First sip, and yep, this is sweet. Damn you, molasses. Soft, smooth palate - lovely. Flavour emphasis is very much on the malt. Restrained oak - tick. Come to think of it, the molasses is reasonably restrained, too - half a tick. Overall, quite a sophisticated flavour profile. Chewy toffee, dried fruit, light oak and brown sugar. A dessert ale but quite satisfying. (355ml bottle from Leura Cellars. BB17/6/14)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3759) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2014
On tap at Founders. Oaky sweet, mild hop character. Dark coppery amber clear with thin lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Starts sweet with alcohol. Bitter notes with big malty finish, light bitter undertones. Light bitter after.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smroush (37) - Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Aroma is malty with a bit of the oak. Taste is also malty with the oak apparent; the oak gives it some nice spice, vanilla or cedar? Sweet from the alcohol content. Good and interesting, though not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gamin (107) - - AUG 4, 2014
Poured from a 2012 bottle so it's about 2 years old for me. Poured a deep murky amber with minimal head that dissipated quickly. It's not exactly inviting. Smells of booze, caramel, and a bit of butter. Tastes surprisingly smooth. A wonderful beer to sip slowly, savoring it.

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