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RATINGS: 1589   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.

albinotron's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
albinotron (36) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 12, 2011
I really love this beer. Its the first and only old ale that Iíve tried, but it has enticed me to try more. Aroma is very much of caramel malt. Appearance is a hazy amber with no head. Taste is a nice combination of sweet and a little bitterness. I donít know how, but I feel like I can taste the aging. Very little carbonation. I loved this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
angelkostvo (903) - 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 (308) - 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 (1659) - 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 Iíll buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grima (2189) - 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 (642) - 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 donít 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 (1087) - Garching, Bavaria, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RLiddell (57) - Valrico, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2015
On tap at Kilted Mermaid. Pours a beautiful caramel color, tan head that dissapates rapidly leaving minimal lacing. Not much on the nose, taste is molasses and dark fruit. Overall, a really nice old ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2641) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2015
I like this. I like old ales. I like those dark fruit raisiny notes in old ales. I like those tobacco like hop flavorings that skirt the edges of the ale-fruit. I like getting drunk on a Tuesday night for no reason. and fuck you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerRenter76 (292) - Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Originally rated on 4/20/14. A viscous amber pour, some floating sediment, slight white rim of head. Smells almost like a barley wine, very sweet malty profile, caramel, plum, vanilla and booze. Tastes much like a very strong barley wine mixed with some scotch. flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla, tons of barley, caramel, banana, plum, raisins. a full bodied ale with some, but not a whole lot of carbonation. Overall its very heavy, boozy, thick and rich, this would be much better on a cold dreary night instead of a sunny 80 degree afternoon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7563) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 11, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2015 Bottle from Lockeís Party Shoppe. Pours light copper with a foamy beige head snd a floral treacle aroma. There is a sweet dark molasses flavor with some carbonation and a dry bitter finish.

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