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RATINGS: 1382   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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (9997) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Draft. Hazy deep golden color, small but thick beige head, solid lacing. Aroma of Christmas spice and Drambuie. Taste is spiced brown bread. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9465) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2007
12-oz. bottle received via trade with Duane. Pours cloudy, lightly particulate amber/mahagony with a small rocky light brown head, somewhat lasting, fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel), light hops (perfume), average yeast (dough, fresh leather) with notes of vanilla, wood, bourbon. Full bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness and bitterness, light acidity; caramel roasted malt, vanilla and bourbon with wood notes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9335) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 31, 2010
from erzbierschof.ch - hazy reddish-amber colour with a poor head retention; hoppy aroma with lot of fruity notes (strawberries marmalade, prunes) and notes of alcohol; full-bodied and a bit sticky, thick and solidly bitter; quite dry with long fruity hoppy notes in the finish along with a warming touch

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
FatPhil (9182) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 21, 2013
355ml bottle (ALEhouse, Riga, MelnaZiema2013)
Sweet malty aroma. Disgustingly boozy sweet body. Nice malty finish. Desperately dull, nothing can escape from the blanket of sugar and alcohol that smothers it.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SirADNielsen (8949) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2012 Bottle @ home, courtesy of bushmat1. Thanks Matt! Slightly cloudy, red-orange appearance with a small cream colored head. Toffee malty, red fruity, slightly boozy, rich caramel nose. Rich toffee/caramel malty, slightly fruity, earthy, a touch piney hoppy, slightly bitter flavor. Booze is hidden incredibly well. Well smooth drinking beer. This would be excellent on a cold winter night... Nice!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8947) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Bottle. Glorious orangish pour. Very small head. Aroma is very interesting. I got some fruit notes, syrup and good malt. Flavor is very unique with some spices, fruit, sweetness and yeast. Damn good. I would like to be able to drink this on a regular basis.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8907) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2007 Bottle 2006... Mostly clear, burnt orange ale with a small , creamy, khaki head. Malty, woodsy nose with lots of bourbon. Boozy, bitter flavor. Malt sweetness followed by hop and alcohol bitterness. Full-bodied and oily with faint carbonation. Finishes grassy and woodsy. Thanks go out to growler for sharing the bottle.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2008
12oz bottle. Poured a medium and cloudy brownish / amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Lots of suspended particles. Aromas of vanilla, wood, bourbon, caramel, oak, earthy, brown sugar, and some spices. From the aromas, assume this is the í06 aged in Bourbon Barrels (if not, it sure fooled me!). Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, darkfruits, and wood. Lacing left on the glass. Smooth and creamy body that was way too easy to drink. Alcohol content hidden. This was pretty damn good (I enjoyed it more and more as I drank it!).

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
On-tap at Pizza Plant Transit. It was so good it was as if it was brewed right here. Dark boddy with thin head. Stouty roast aroma. Hoppy and spicy. Medium-full body. I like the style, itís more drinkable than a barleywine. The understated carbonation at this location does it justice.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8314) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2010 Amber brown pour with a thin white head. The nose is sweet and fruity. There is a distinct herbal/tobaccoish hoppiness that is quite interesting. Some dried plums and a bit of light cherry esters as well. Itís sweet and sticky but plenty hoppy as well. Earthy bitterness and a bit of heavily caramelized wort. Sticky and resiny hoppiness that is quite lovely in here. Very assertively hopped. Iíd love to see it again with a few years on it, but itís quite nice even young. Amber brown, thick oily pour with a light lacy head. Aroma is unusual. Deeply malty with a lightly peppery nose. Lightly musty character as well. Lots of rich sweet vanilla, orange peel and a little bit of light dried fruit. Thick, unctuous mouthfeel. There is a little bit of light syrupy sweetness, toffee and even a little bit of cotton candy. Quite sticky and not all that boozy. There is a faint backnote that is hard to describe (perhaps slightly vegetal) that Iím not a fan of. Pretty assertive, earthy bitterness. 7 3 7 3 13


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