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RATINGS: 1587   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2008
I guess I’m one of the few that thinks this beer really sucks. It actually sucked so bad that I’m somewhat convinced it was a bad bottle.....but then again, I did buy a 4 pack and the others weren’t any better. Whatever the reason, this beer just doesn’t sit well with me. Didn’t enjoy the aroma or the flavor at all.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hman43 (602) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2014
It pours amber with a tan head. It does produce a fair amount of lacing as the head disappears. It has a brown sugar aroma mixed with caramel and spices. It has a strong taste of molasses and brown sugar, with oak flavors that compliment the flavors well.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 29, 2008
tap at monks- pours hazy brown with sudsy lace and a thin head that goes to the edges. nose is spicy, sensing milk as well. butter. tastes hoppy, bitter, yet balanced. lots of fruitty rasberries, lots of butter with piney hops underpinning everything. excellent. i dont know why but it reminds me of a scotch ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arondee (598) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Pours a dark brown color with little to no head. Aroma is sweet and malty. The taste is sweet and thick with sugar. Lots of caramel and scotch ale type flavors. Decent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigbish (596) - California, USA - JUL 28, 2011
This is a fantastic old ale. Lots of malts, Carmel, a touch of toasty flavors. Great beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lothore (595) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
A- Pours a deep, amber with a 1.5 finger, eggshell head that fades fairly quickly. S- Smell is very malty, with a deep piney hoppiness that reminds me of bigfoot. T- Taste is very malty, caramel, with too much hop influence throughout the middle. M- Thick with a bit too much carbonation. D- I wasn’t too impressed by this one. Not bad but it just didn’t have that raisin and fig influence that I love in old ales.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - OCT 23, 2011
really nice malty aroma with alcohol, caramel, and lots of chocolate chip cookie dough. smooth and sweet, heat from alcohol and some hop bitterness keep it from being cloying. thick, almost syrupy body with very low carbonation. really it’s the aroma here, really nice malt.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tandembrauer (593) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2015
Shared bottle @ Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours clear amber with off-white head. Aroma of caramel. Some sweetness, well balanced. Nothing special.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Amber-orange, large tan head which persists a little. Aroma malt, caramel, butterscotch, wood. Full body, some alcohol present. Flavor is sweet and malty and brown sugary but with a kind of tannic background to prevent it from being cloying. Interesting and excellent for sipping.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Deep copper/amber/brown in color with a thin off-white head. Aromas are of caramel, milk chocolate, spice…mmm. The palate was rich, concentrated, round and well-balanced with a touch of bitter hops on the finish. This was a wonderfully balanced high gravity ale that may age well but is so well-balanced now I don’t see a huge upside.


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