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RATINGS: 1736   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niksko (591) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2015
Pours a dark amber brown, with a fluffy white head. Nose is oaky, molasses, musty, caramel. Flavor is lots of oak, molasses, caramel, toffee, a little citrus, plum. Sweet and almost ashy smoky finish. Medium to heavy body. Rich and warming, lovely oaky sweet flavor. Really nice.

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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsekouratos (586) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - SEP 1, 2014
355 ml bottle shared with Calm_Dreamer and #Electron. Dark red to light brown color with a nice 2-finger off-white head. Aromas of red wine, vanilla and some oak. Taste of slight caramel, some dark fruits, red wine, vanilla, oak. Sweet aftertaste. Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shark_Pants (585) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2014
Clear ruby red with small soapy tan head. Lots of dried stone fruits and booze in the aroma, with molasses and malts as well. The taste has a big boozy hit, with molasses, sweet malt backbone, a little sweetened grapefruit and a long hop bitterness in the finish. Heavy bodied with a peppery sensation on the tongue. It’s somewhere between a barleywine, IPA and red ale. Quite good but could hide the booze a bit better.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartzluke (584) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Brewed with molasses and oak aged. 12 oz pour from room-temp bottle into sniffer. Reddish-orange, clear, off-white head. Nose is sweet, cherry, malty, a little brown sugar, a hint of wood. Full body and creamy. A little sharp in the end. A bit dry. Taste is nice. Oaky and malty up front with a notable boozy finish. Coffee-like bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Percy0103 (584) - MEXICO - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle, 355ml. A clear ruby beer with a medium size white foamy head and some lacing. Aroma is of bourbon, spices, malt, alcohol and something that reminds me of white chocolate. Taste is bitter with a strong sweet double aftertaste. Some carbonation and astringency. Aftertaste reminds me of caramel.

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 (582) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ukoolaid (579) - 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.


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