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RATINGS: 1617   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.


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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2010
sampled on tap, poured dark with tan head. Aroma is toasted biscuit malt with a little carmel and toffee but mainly roasty toasty. Taste is very bitter with a strong bitterness. Body is medium to full with a thick feel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2010
12 oz bottle at The CoffeeBar. Pours hazy orange with fuzzy white head. Great aroma of pine and vanilla, hints of caramel and perfume. Great sweetness, and a touch of dry earthy bitter finish. Very solid old ale, with just a hint of alcohol. This would be absolutely amazing with just a bit more age.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jlruthven (589) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Bottle, poured into a mini-goblet. Cloudy, brownish-ruby, with minimal tan head. Nose is thick with molasses, bourbon, and slight sour cherry. Taste is insanely malty, more bourbon, a little toffee and overripe raspberry on the back of the tongue. Finishes clean, a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. Mild bitterness. Very drinkable, but this is definitely a sipper. Mouthfeel is a touch on the thin side, but this may embolden itself with just a few months’ more aging. Lucky I picked up a 4-pk.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tinco (586) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2012
Deep amber slightly hazy with almost no head. Slight foam on the side of the glas. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, some raisins, (My nose is on vacation today...have a cold...). Sweet caramel malt, raisins, alcohol, a nice bitterness at the back of the palate. Not too complex but a solid beer!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Bottle (2012, opened in 2014). Pours orange/amber with no real head. Aroma is honey, floral, blood orange. Taste is thick, gloopy with lingering sweetness. Again, lots of honey/sherry flavor here. I would’ve called this a barleywine in a blind taste. Perhaps some oxidation issues with this bottle. Malt is quite sweet but there is some balance.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 Pours ruddy orange with a thin whispy head. Not getting alot from the nose but the taste is pleasant. Light but malty with plum, molasses, fig, and raisin. A hint of oaked vanilla lingers on the palette. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Murky copper body; thin head. Aroma - mandarin orange, rusted pipes. Texture of wet clay, paper maché. Extremely musty old-world malt flavor. Some plum flavor. Moderate bitterness of old hops conjures up tree bark(?), chalk(?). Alcohol adds to the body but not to the flavor. Very unique; I don’t have any other beers to use as a reference point for comparison. 2 bottles over 2 weeks before I feel comfortable entering a rating. I did like this.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2006
On tap @ Red Bones. Pours an opaque chestnut color with small tan head. Aroma is sweet dark fruits. Taste is very chewy with sweet malts, raison, cherry, and earthiness. There is a bit of alcohol in the finush. but not in a bad way at all. Great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RussianDragon (574) - - APR 21, 2014
Pours a clear copper with a hint of ruby when backlit. Head dissipates quickly to a ring of bubbles along the glass. The aroma is booze, banana bread, and allspice. Flavor is complex - malt, oak, vanilla, with the molasses masquerading as toffee. I am reminded of a bourbon-soaked banana-nut bread, if there is such a thing. This is recently bottled, and will definitely come into its own with aging. 2014 Vintage


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