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RATINGS: 1633   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
MiP (14519) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2008
Bottle, 9.3%. Very nice vanilla, oak, cigarbox aroma. Cloudy red orange colour. The flavour has a lot of vanilla, some coconut, hint of cream, all the nice stuff. Low bitterness, but balanced by the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (14425) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2011
Clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is quite sweet malty, caramel and a little alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish with warming alcohol. 060711

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (13757) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 16, 2010
A: The pour is a dark, dark mahogany color with a lot of yeast floaties, and a thin ring of cream colored head. S: The nose is quite rich with notes of sherry, dark fruit (raisins in particular), caramel, vanilla, and alcohol. T: The sweet caramel malt is the primary flavor component with some sweet, dark fruits, vanilla, and quite a bit of alcohol. There’s also a mild bitterness. M: The body is medium with a creamy carbonation and mouthfeel. D: A very nice old ale and a good beer to sip on throughout an evening.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (13675) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 25, 2011
Dickflüssig wirkender Antrunk, der fast überladen würzig ist. Sehr süß, leicht herb. Hellmalzig, klebrig. Weiterhin überladen, deutliche Kräuternoten sind vorhanden. Rabbiat! 8/8/7/9/11/9

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (13660) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2008
Toffee-beige colour and hazy. Earthy, toffeeish nose with late alcohol, minerals and shiitake mushrooms. Sweet, with a hard body. Some brown sugar, more minerals and late alcohol. Somewhat uncohesive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (13535) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2015
Bottle split at Leightons Cloud base, thanks to Fergus, 05/05/15. One I’ve certainly had in the past but good to catch up with a rake. Rich amber with a decent beige covering. Nose is rich fruit, caramel fudge, dates, toffee, fruit cake mix. Taste comprises rich fruit cake, sweet licks, toffee, dark fruit rinds, stewed dates, toasted brown sugar. Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet licks in the close. Solid stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (13136) - DENMARK - DEC 18, 2010
355 ml bottle. Dark amber/brown with small beige head. Flavour is malt, sweet, fruit, caramel and smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (12986) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 21, 2011
bottle. Deep golden colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, bourbon, malt, fruit, sugar, bread. flavour is hop, sugar, alcohol, bourbon, bread, caramel. Powerful nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12761) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazy ruby/orange color with no head. Rather malty aroma with something like mild hop. Full bodied with very little carbonation. Flavor is maybe a bit vanilla. It coats the mouth a bit. Medium dark dried fruits. Really smooth. Finishes really tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (12440) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2006
(12oz bottle) Cloudy copper-brown body with small beige head. Aroma is sweet, raisin, caramel, cherry, some coconut, light chocolate, smoke, butterscotch, wood. Taste is sweet, cherry, caramel, raisin, light pineapple/coconut. Finish has light smoky bourbon, enough to notice the alcohol numbing and to complement the beer itself, and thankfully, not enough to do anything more. Sticky full body with low carbonation. A hot summer evening probably wasn’t the ideal time to sample this wonderful beer, but I’m glad I did anyhow.

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