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RATINGS: 1378   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2009
Dark amber with a small off-white head that leaves a ring of lacings. The smell is malty (caramel and fudge) with notes of ripe fruit (grapes, strawberries?) vanilla and spices. It’s a rather rich smell. It’s good, but something seems off, like it’s going downhill or something. A malt-forward taste with pleasant flavors of caramel and toffee. Lots of fruity notes. The taste is sweet but balancing spicy notes level the sweetness. Here’s also an interesting note of vanilla. The finish has some nice bitterness to it and notes of wood and malts. Medium body with a rather creamy and slick texture. A decent beer. But Old ales raise my expectations and this one didn’t really meet them. There are far better examples of the style. Serving type: bottle (Copy of old Beer Advocate review)

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11127) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2009
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph.
Pours deep brownish red with a slight haze to it. Fine, staying, creamy, off-white head. Super lacings. Aroma has fat caramel, port, raisins, light vinious, chocolate and a bit of fruity hops. Low to medium carbonation, lovely oily mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, port, oak, roasted, light chocolate, caramel. Fairly vinious. Lovely hoppy finish with some raisins and a touch of dark chocolate. Good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slayer02348 (103) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Pours out an opaque clear reddish brown with very little head. Smell is sweet and of alcohol. Taste does not disappoint. Very sweet and smooth, easily drinkable and very good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mickut (274) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear dark amber. Palate is thick. Aromas have raisins, pine, port.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Pours a ruby red color, grainy, with very little to no head. The nose recalls caramel malt, molasses, light dried fruit, and just a touch of alcohol. The palate is warm and inviting, slick and smooth. The taste is mostly sweet, with just a touch of bitterness in the finish. This beer increases in enjoyment as it warms. A true sipper.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Pours a hazy burnt orange color with a tan head. Aroma is burnt caramel, prune, apricot, toast, some alcohol, and a little bit of spice. Flavor is caramel, apricot, toast, prune, alcohol, and a bitter spicy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (4938) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAR 27, 2010
Bottled at O’Hara’s, Tampere. Reddish amber color. Sweet aroma of toffee and cocoa. Sweet bready, toffeish and nutty flavor with firmly bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Dark amber appearance and a strong aroma greets those who pour this beer. It comes across as more of a sipping whiskey then a beer. Drink it slow and enjoy the caramel aroma as you taste the sweetness that come with the dregs of the blackstrap.Sip and enjoy.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wxman (1395) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Pours a clean amber color with a significant off white head that provides sipping rings down the glass. Aroma is smokey roasted malt. Taste is sweet roasted malt, butter, maple and caramel. Noticable hop bitterness bite that also provides a grapefruit character to the taste. Mouthcoating and almost cloying, but well balanced. Alcohol warmth comes in after the swallow. A great old ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2010
Hazy amber-brown topped by a thin ring of foam. Toasty, caramel malt aroma with some underlying fruits and grape skins. Sweet malts, raisins, and an earthy hop bitterness. Not bad.


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