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RATINGS: 1682   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (9776) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
Draft - Spices, orange and fruity esters. Cloudy copper with a thin beige head. Floral, orange and a bit of boozy sweetness. Different and nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (9625) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle. Peach, barley malt and alcohol aroma. Cloudy ruby-amber color with minimal head. Sweet light peach, barley and moderate alcohol flavor. Nice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (9563) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 7, 2012
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks zvikar. Clear reddish amber. Strong malty aroma with caramel, honey, some fruitiness and alcohol. Sweet flavor with thick malt and a bit of alcohol. Medium to full-bodied, slightly syrupy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (9502) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2010
355 ml bottle. From København, Denmark.
Light amber colour with tiny white head. Yeast, fruits, biscuit and caramel in aroma. Yeast, bitter hops, biscuit and some alcohol in flavour.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9447) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2011
12oz bottle. Nearly clear brown-orange color with some sediment haze, bubbles sticking to side of glass and a minimal head. This is my first time trying the "old ale" style. First impression, quite an aroma! Ranger Bob from Dutch’s Wine Cellar told me this had a molasses flavor, and he wasn’t kidding... Sweet malt aroma like I’ve never encountered it, but it’s very interesting. Syrupy texture but it seems appropriate in this case. Slight alcohol in the aftertaste. Very smooth finish. This gets better after just a couple sips, I could easily picture myself with one of these in an old-style port-pub.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (9446) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2013
Sample at CBC 2013. Reddish colour with a small white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, oak, alcohol, spice and tartness.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (9281) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2012
355 ml bottle at Ölrepubliken on February 11, 2012
Murky orange color, off-white head. Oak, almond paste, alcohol scent. Sweet, minty, alcohol, marzipan taste. Warming alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (9263) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2009
On tap at MBG Summer Festival. Poured a reddish hazy amber with a light brown head. Aroma was sweet throughout with barley notes. Began with sweet malts but dark notes as well as alcohol grew throughout. Quite thick on the tongue,

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle, presumably 2006 vintage. Amber body, good sized creamy beige head. Earthy, musky aroma, boiled potatoes, some malt. Bitter and alcoholic flavour, dry caramel malt. Rough. Strange acerbic alcohol. Average palate. A fairly massive disappointment.


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