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RATINGS: 1310   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Pours caramel brown with no head or lacing. Aroma is very caramelly with plenty of candied cherries and almond notes. Smells a bit like orgeat. Full bodied. Flavor is lacking a bit. The alcohol is apparent. Brown sugar and spices on the order of pumpkin pie, but not as good. This is good, but not enough going on for me.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Busick (167) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2014
This is a great old ale from a stellar producing brewery. Aromas are very similar to barleywines but the taste is sweeter in my opinion. Get your hands on one if you havenít already.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBear11D (165) - Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2014
The Old Curmudgeon pours a clear ruby red color with a small beige head that doesnít last long. The aroma is raisin, caramel and earthy. The flavor is earthy, raisin and caramel. Overall this is a nice brew.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Otterdance (164) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2013 This is sweet and malty with a yeasty squeeze. Vanilla and biscuit also apparent. Very soft for the alcohol content.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jimsal27 (164) - New York, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Really enjoyed this one. Pours reddish copper color with little to no had. Sweet biscuit, malt aroma. Heavy molasses, toffee, vanilla taste. Very sweet but not cloying. Full bodied little carbonation. No real bitterness. Dry finish. Really liked this.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
birdmachine (163) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle, 2012 vintage, poured into mini snifters. Aroma is completely oak forward, with some toasty character, deep earth, some malted sweetness, woody, slight oxidized note. Pours a reddish brown with some clarity and small amount of bubbles concentrating to the middle of the glass. After a big the bubbles disappear, leaving a still looking beverage. Taste is up front oak, with some molasses, dates, must, light caramel, some paper, and lots of alcohol spice, tannic. After taste is mostly a boozy burn. Body is thin with soft carbonation. Overall I think this may be a bit oxidized and too boozy for my palate. The oak character is nice at first but it dries out the tongue and leaves too much of a tannic bite.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a deep, hazy amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma is caramel, buttery toffee, and a little vanilla. Flavor is much the same, with a little unpleasant alcohol heat. Thatís what is keeping me from scoring it much higher. Iíll rate again after I taste an aged bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JuliusCaesar (162) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2013
Sweet malt, molasses, oak and alcohol. Nice complexity and dry finish. Easy to drink despite the high ABV. Good Beer

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlKHall (161) - West Hartford, Connecticut, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Appearance is a brown amber-orange. Flavor has initial sweetness: plums and pineapple, also has aspects of cinnimon and vanilla. Has a whisky/bourbon character to it which is very interesting.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
marv3mania (161) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2013
Bottle poured into pint glass. This is a dark copper beer with essentially no head. The aroma is incredibly rich with caramel malts and a slight toffee scent. The taste is similar to the nose, with an earthy quality to it. It doesnít taste as strong as I expected, and thereís a unique sweetness to it. It also feels lighter than I thought it would. Overall, I approve.


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