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RATINGS: 1511   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leveejr (109) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2014
Big sugary aroma with slight alcohol. Caramel malty taste with a lingering hop bitterness ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kansascityCW (109) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - JUL 10, 2014
Orange- red color, small head died fast. Lots of molasses and alcohol in the nose. This is a good beer but a little hot for my liking. I’m hoping this will benefit from a year or two in the cellar.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
alethol (108) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2014
Really enjoyed this. Pours a murky amber with a good but smallish beige head. Rich aromas of vanilla, bourbon, malts, caramel. Complex. Taste is superb with sweetness perfectly balanced by the bitterness. Very smooth. Full body. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cracklefish (108) - Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Hazy deep reddish pour, almost rust. Minimal white head. Aroma is sweet malt , notes of whisky alcohol and wood. Flavor opens with sweet toasted malt, moves into a tannic leathery character and ends spicy with some alcohol. The beer is sticky malt with low carbonation and plenty of alcohol warmth. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2010
It has a rusty orange hue, with very little cream colored head. It has a sweet boozy malt smell. Tastes of sweet boozed malt with a twinge of brown sugar. The alcohol lingers on the palate with strong malt after taste. Very nice Old Ale hinging on a Barleywine.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Pours a rich, beautiful dark amber with a tightly knit tan head. The head is reasonable persistent, but does start to dissipate. Nicely developing Belgian lace. Rich, winy nose, with hints of cognac. Caramel, toffee, sherry, and dried fruits. Very moderate, but noticeable, hoppiness, with lingering caramel and malt notes on the palate. The roof of the mouth gets a sense of the level of alcohol, however, the alcohol level is not fully evident. Thus "caveat bibor" is appropriate. This is not a session beer or a vorspiel beer. Medium body with a sweet, long lingering. This is a multidimensional old ale. If I had the patience and cellar, I would attempt to age the Old Curmudgeon a few years to see how it develops. It should age well. A great ale to accompany hearty food and BBQ. The richness and residual sweetness would also work well with spicy food.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2013
Smells of sweet malt, oak, a little bit of vanilla, and a bit of hops. Taste is rather complex: Sweet malt, bright fruity cherry, oak, vanilla, some hop bitterness. Thick, sticky mouthfeel

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Xenon (104) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2014
An explosion of grape upon first taste. I prefer this flavor to the raisin that is commonly found in these types of beer. The fruit tastes more alive. Strong caramel nose with secondary licorice Boozuness is obvious and not recessed. Very sweet though with almost no bitterness. You can tell it s not a barley wine because the hop flavor doesn’t really exist much here. I like that about it though. Malt purity

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldgrumpy (104) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2012
The beer by which all other beers are rated. There is no better beer to sip by a fire on a cool evening. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2009
tap at the coppermine...nose was caramel, malty sweet...flavor was sweet, dried fruits and candy...boozy but not overwhelming


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