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RATINGS: 1752   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2009
12 ounce bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a medium head. Aroma of toasted malts, honey, peach, plum and a tart finish. Taste of toasted malts, honey, peach, cherry, raisin, oak and whisky. Fairly bitter. Full bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (11629) - 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 ’06 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!).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11610) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (11423) - 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 isn’t 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 isn’t 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (11405) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2007
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense light brown head. Pine, sweetness, vanilla and light fruits in the aroma. Quite complex and balanced. Flavour as well is on the better side. Loads of vanilla (bourbon barrels?), soap, fruits and flowers. This must be the 2006 edition. The barral notes are very dominant but yet nicely integrated in the beer. Medium to full bodied. Quite dry. Light bitter sweetish end, where the barrel notes again plays a major role. Nice alcoholwarmth on the lips.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (11244) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle from De Molen shop shared. Clear brown pour with little tan head. Aroma has plums, malt and other dark fruit. Flavour has same aspects with a caramel sweetness and raisins. There is a strange bitter, stale malt aftertaste. Low carbonation and thick mouthfeel. Overall a good complex beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11242) - 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, it’s more drinkable than a barleywine. The understated carbonation at this location does it justice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (10971) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10883) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011
Name: Old Curmudgean
Date: February 18, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Brusin Ales, Asheville NC
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: cloudy amber, fine off white head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet orange aroma with lots of earthy hops, deep rich malt, fruityness
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of earthy bitterness, touch of peppery alcohol, fruity sweetness is trying to emerge but needs time to develop

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+ /4

Name: Old Curmudgean
Date: April 23, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Prado
Vintage: 2011
Appearance: opaque dark amber, frothy beige head, lotsof lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, brown sugar sweetness
Flavor: rich malty flavor, caramel sweetness, lots of earthyness leaving a long bitter finish, touch of fruityness

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

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