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RATINGS: 1579   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.


3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10076) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10037) - 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!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (9929) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle @ home shared with DutchDrebus. Ruby red color, almost no head. Smells a little like barleywine to me. Little sweet, little sour, little wort, malts and grains in the taste. Oily texture. Decent.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (9713) - 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!).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (9451) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2012
Bottle 355ml @ home
Pours slightly hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, raison, plums, dried fruits, wood and vanilla. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long very smooth, caramel, vanilla and dried fruity finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9447) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9350) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Sampled at the Odds and Ends Tasting on 8/16/06: Dark amber/brown color with a thin beige head that starts fizzy but calms quickly. Thin spotty lacing. Aroma of whisky, coconut and dark fruits. Rich, smooth body with pungent malt, bourbon and other spicy alcohol flavors. The finish is all coconut and whisky. Definitely different from the norm, and seems pretty raw all around. I would be curious to try an aged bottle.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9272) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 20, 2009
355 mL into snifter. Wow this looks good: a clear strawberry with a huge, thick, yellow head that has excellent retention and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is earthy, caramel, maple syrup, rich creme brulee, peat, New York cheesecake. Smells like Imperial Stout a little bit. Flavor is like an easier to drink barleywine. There are sweet creme brulee and caramel notes backed by some serious spicy hops. Quick finish making you want more. The near 10% is completely hidden. This beer is insanely good.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (9220) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2012
12 oz. bottle, pours an opaque dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma of syrupy sweet malts, caramel, some English malt notes, and some peppery spice. Flavour brings out some peppery spice, more than offset by English caramel malts and syrupy sweetness - sort of a rummy boozy sweetness to it. No hop presence whatsoever, just some peppery notes that are quite bothersome. Not so enjoyable to me - way overrated.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (9091) - Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
12 oz bottle. Bottled 2/10/10. Pours into my snifter a beautiful clear reddish orange with a creamy ivory head that lasts for a good amount of time before slowly receding and leaving some nice lacing. The smell is luscoius. There is tons of caramel and butterscotch. It is also earthy with a touch of hops. There is also a stark dark fruit scent. It is a very luxurious looking and smelling beer. The taste isnít as good as the other two but it is very good. It is alot more bitter than expected with a nice hop bite. The malt is here too and it is almost cloyingly sweet. There is an abundance of caramel on the palate. The mouthfeel is thick but has a nice, smooth carbonation, it is slightly cloying but not overly form the sugar and alcohol. The alcohol in this one isnít perfectly hidden but it works well and makes this one feel like a strong barleywine going down. Overall it is one beautiful looking and beautifully scented brew, the taste is good but not spectacular. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-12-2010 21:51:54


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