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RATINGS: 1465   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.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Pours dark ruby red with a small amount of head. On the nose I get banana, orange peel, other subtle fruit nuances in there and of course a hint of malt. Medium bodied. On the palate I get banana, more orange peel, candied fruits. Leaves a nice aftertaste on the mouth as well. Nice sweetness, but not too sweet. This may not be what I am used to in an old ale, but still a nice beer that should not be graded too harshly for being a bit off style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Pours a light, milk chocolate brown with a mid sized off white head. Big, rich nose. Sweet, with a definite hit of alcohol. Heavy bourbon on the nose. Thick, heavy on the alcohol. Wood tannins. Sweet toffee and vanilla. A lot, almost too much going on. This has to be the bourbon aged. I really don’t like it as well as what I tried on draft in the past.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Brown pour with virtually no head. Aroma and flavor are of malt and fruit. Mouthfeel is flat due to low carbonation. Not a big fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Bottle. Pours beautifully turbid sunburst amber with a half inch of tan foamy head - it takes awhile to form since the body is so heavy. Aroma is wonderfully floral hoppy, orange, licorice, dark fruits, bready, caramel, alcohol, spicy hops. Flavor is really malty at first, then it lightens up into dark fruits, some licorice, orange, banana, spicy hops, vanilla, and alcohol. Palate is nicely heavy and has a lot of sediment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hohops (297) - Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2014
Bottle poured into a snifter. Appearance is amber with a small, diminishing white head. Big aroma of caramel, raisin, malt and hops. Full-bodied taste with caramel and maltiness with a very bitter finish. Very good, does not feel like 9.8% at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
M82 (296) - Kansas, USA - MAR 21, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2014 Thursday March 21, 2013 12oz Bottled 04/13/12; Vibrant amber to copper pour with a smallish, late forming very light khaki head leaving ecclectic spotted lace; light fruit, oak, and alcohol notes dance over pudding, toffee, and marshmallow, some toast, light smooth leather, and charred oak are introduced in the taste and finish out the medium, somewhat creamy ml mouth, soft heat; complex, yet restrained and welcoming


2012, 2013, 2014 vertical

Clear, vibrant, cherrywood bodies offering a short fading bone white head, eldest completely dissipating, middle vintage retains a solid, medium sized ring for about 20 minutes, current vintage includes a ring plus a perforated island

Citrusy cherry over vibrant clean maple with biscuity accents, offering a clean expedited finish of subtle gooey marshmallow and date, the most sophisticated of the bunch

Initially fishing dock with earthy esters, as this one breathes and begins to articulate itself more enjoyable notions of barrel and peat appear along with toasty marshmallow, a few solid moments of finishing residuals, the most rustic of the session

Citrusy notes, caramel and cereal with earthy, herbal hops and biscuity undertones, less distinct, more depth, and extended mildly drying herbal residuals with underlying marshmallow and date, the most herbal of the group

Each vintage offered a smooth, medium body with restrained, but present carbonation

12oz bottles served at 55° into 15.25 Spiegelau Soiree snifter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mstrcrwly (296) - New York, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Just poured into tulip glass..rusty,burgundy color with thin head..great aroma of fruit, caramel, wood and all spices..excellent flavor..malty all the way..lingers really well on the palate..reminds me of a barleywine..av winner top to bottom.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ttroha (296) - Americus, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2014
UPDATED: APR 27, 2014 Tap from Lazy Dog shared by jheath99. Aroma of flora and hops. Taste of hops and malt with a citrus flavor. Tangy aftertaste. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ColovianTrader (294) - - APR 13, 2014
Caramel, oak, molasses, cider and golden raisin flavors. Strong alcohol bite at the finish. Hints of cinnamon and spice. Good feel. Not fond of the boozy flavor but still good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2010
I poured a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. There, it sat virtually still in its opaque reddish glory, obscured by a number of floaties and raising a tiny head that dissipated almost immediately. The aroma is sweet with brown sugar, grade b maple syrup, and aged wood. The flavor follows suit, with an overpowering and complex sweetness that fades into a mildly bitter finish. The texture is sweet, viscous, almost syrupy, but the body is lighter than those notes imply, making it drinkable despite the high alcohol content. I’m not a great fan of old ales, but this is a great old ale.

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