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RATINGS: 1663   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 1/10/2011. Served on tap in a taster glass at the Haymarket Founders event. Curmudgeon has a dark cherry color, existing between hazy and transparent. An off-white head fades to a ring but leaves layers of lace. Brandy and ethyl alcohol kick me in the nose, with an earthy covering to the sweet dark fruit and malt aromas. Sweet brandy, caramel malt, and some dark fruits open up the flavor. Figs, raisins, and plums. Sweet all the way through. Some light earthy flavors slowly coat the tongue, adding some depth and complexity. This definitely gets better as it warms. The mouthfeel is smooth, brandy-like, with light to medium carbonation. Sticky, with a fuller than medium body. A fun and complex beer. Sweet, with lots of bite, so I am not sure I could drink this all night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
laiti (7744) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 1, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2015
35,5 cl bottle @ O’Hara’s Freehouse. Rated on 09.03.2010
Dark red colour, disappearing head. Aroma is hoppy and sweet with fruits – feels a bit like scotch ale. Palate is a bit too high on CO2. Flavour is sweeti sh with ripe fruits, some raisins, plums and hints of sugar. Too sweet stuff for me.

Draught @ Sivukirjasto. Rated on 18.12.2014.
Aroma is sweet with toffee and caramel. Feels syrupy. Flavour has woody tones, sweet toffee, syrup, caramel, vanilla and alcohol. Vanilla grows stronger towards the end of the glass. Feels like an American strong ale at all its sweetness.

   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vaiz (4052) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2012
Bottle at home. Hazy orange pour with floaties, almost no head. Aroma of dusty malts, sugars, honey, old hops, tutti frutti, nectarine and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and smooth, quite fruity with ripe fruits and a huge body. Although this would normally be way too sweet for me, this one can have it due to its smoothness.

   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 (6101) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
scarletfire65 (1193) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2012
12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Bottled on 4/13/12. A clear orange pour. Quickly dissipating head. The aroma is orange, smoke, and bourbon. Full bodied, hot alcohol, tastes like a mild bourbon with hops. Strong vanilla and oak notes on the finish. Maybe a bit young.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrHangover (3605) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2012
Bottle. Pours a light brown, diry coloured beer with a very small head that settles into a small ring very quick. Aroma is full of caramel, molasses and sweet malts. Almost no hops present. Flavour is sweet, malty and has thick mouthfeel. Alcohol is really showing her sweeter side, but not her burning sensation. Great beer to sip and let it warm to room temperatures. Really nice in balance.

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