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RATINGS: 1491   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 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.

   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. That’s what is keeping me from scoring it much higher. I’ll rate again after I taste an aged bottle.

   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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Far and away my favorite Old Ale. Faint malt aroma that is surprisingly reserved. In appearance - I swear it’s red, but it’s brown. Tastes like strawberries without the sweetness - which is lovely. On the palate - where’s the booze? Incredibly hidden heat, but not warming. Never had it tasting as good as my most recent glass - far more mellow than usual.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yackery (156) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2011
12oz bottle pours a fast-dissolving head over a dark, hazy, rusty yellow body. There’s a bit of a creamy lacing that slickly slides down. Never has a punch in the nose with nuts been as lovely. Roast toffee. Woody. Taste is mildly bitter carrying the nose with finely-crafted balance. Palate is full, thick, and nutty. Carbonation is fizzy, And the finish is bitter nut. Not sticky but nicely clean.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lele (156) - Padova, ITALY - OCT 15, 2014
Birra particolare e spettacolare. Il colore è già una particolarità: color ruggine, manto di volpe, tendente all’arancione. Schiuma fine, poco spessa e poco persistente, di color giallo/arancione molto chiaro. Nell’aroma si percepiscono chiarissime note liquorose, barricate nonché di succo di melagrana e di frutti rossi, leggermente aciduli. In bocca è un capolavoro. Il liquore barricato è ciò che prevale: Porto, Grand Marnier, whiskey si sentono chiaramente. Il dolce del maltato è predominante, ma alla fine del sorso si avvertono anche leggere note amaricanti e un leggerissimo salato, che rendono la bevuta ancora più interessante. Può essere paragonata anche ad una Barley wine, per il suo carattere liquoroso e "stagionato", avendo però delle sue note peculiari.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ReverendMoon (155) - Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Great burnt ruby/burnt amber color, with obvious hints of depth. Classic old ale taste; musty yet enticing. Enjoyable for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkBeerChick (155) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Smells of bourbon, corn syrup and fermented bananas with undertones of a wet dog. It’s a little hazy and reddish-copper in color. Taste is of alcohol and a bit of coconut. Starts sweet and ends bitter. Very bourbon-ish. Not a huge fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gbgbrouge (155) - SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2014
Poured from bottle, dark amber with almost no head. Aroma is strong with distinctive notes of dark bread, honey, resin and herbs. Taste is a real explosion. Full bodied and well balanced, notes of dried fruit, honey, pine and dark bread. Slight bitterness leads a long and lingering finish. Real nice one!

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