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RATINGS: 1547   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.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pet3rman (355) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2015 Fantastic barleywine hybrid is the best description that I can give. Big bold flavor with a heathy dose of etoh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PD4Ever (109) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 25, 2012
12oz bottle dated 4/6/12 poured into tulip glass. Aroma: malt, alcohol, banana, bubblegum, vanilla, woody, dark fruits Appearance: hazy reddish coppery color with little to no head Taste: very sweet, mild bitter, almost no sour in the taste Palate: medium carbonation, full body, oily texture. Aftertaste is medium bitter, mild sour Overall: This is very rich and similar to a barley wine. I like it. The alcohol is surprisingly hidden well for 9.8%. It is definitely a sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RB1 (118) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2012
12oz. bottle shared by Dave S. Pour is amber/orange, with very little initial head, rapidly becoming no head. Aroma is caramel. malty, sweet, some toffee. Much like a typical barley wine. Taste is smooth, full bodied, malty, with toffee and a bit boozy. Finish is well balanced, sweet, with some heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Holy (835) - GERMANY - JUN 5, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2012 Bottle shared after day two, sos... decent beer - not too overwhelming or bitter. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pmenocci (7) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2012 does not count
Very good beer. Unique style and nice malty notes. Hints of cherry and rye with this beer pours a nice amber hue ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2012
The beer pours an amber color with an off-white head. The aroma has a lot of caramel and dark fruit notes, as well as a good dose of alcohol. The flavor is similar. The caramel malt is pretty strong and provides a decent amount of sweetness. It is accompanied by some dark fruit and dark cherry notes, as well as some tobacco and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2005
On tap @ the Brew Kettle: Dark copper w/ a lasting off white head. Alcohol, caramel and lemony hops with hints of roast fading in and out. A little bit of Old Spice from the guy sitting next to me intermingles with the toasted malts that get stronger with warmth. Well balanced with a dry finish for a big beer. Caramel flavor, citrusy hop lingering into the finish and aftertaste. Toasted and bready malts as it warms in between. Moderate esters. Aftertaste is toasted malt and citrusy hop. Full body, lower carbonation w/ a well hidden alcohol. Very smooth. Needs to age some for a true old ale, but very good and barleywinish for now, will probably improve with age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9280) - 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 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 Is this beer or bourbon? I have never tasted a beer like this before, it tastes like bourbon, the taste of beer is non-existent. I am not sure how to rate this brew. I bought this non-refrigerated, the case says must be refrigerated, is this why it tastes like bourbon and not beer? A hazy brownish-orange with no head. I do know one thing, this beer/bourbon has a high alcohol content that kicks you in the ass!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Bottle: Caramel head, deep ruby red body. For them talking up the maltiness, I tasted a good blast of bitter hops, perhaps drawn out by the alcohol. Bourbon character messed up with the strange, sweet yet weak malt. My 4-pack was dominated by alcohol. After one of these my friend asked if I was drinking whiskey from my ceramic mug. He could smell the booze on my breath from 3 feet away. 4 pack = $13!!

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