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RATINGS: 1659   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (14315) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2015
Bottle split at Leightons Cloud base, thanks to Fergus, 05/05/15. One I’ve certainly had in the past but good to catch up with a rake. Rich amber with a decent beige covering. Nose is rich fruit, caramel fudge, dates, toffee, fruit cake mix. Taste comprises rich fruit cake, sweet licks, toffee, dark fruit rinds, stewed dates, toasted brown sugar. Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet licks in the close. Solid stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mintzmeet (367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Smells like butter! Tastes like buttered rum slightly. Nice cloudy orange amber color. Flavor reminiscent of a Belgian in it's yeastiness. Yes it's near 10%

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
King_Alex_II (790) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 25, 2015
Red brown color with foam ring and some particles. The smell is very sugary and creamy with a diffuse fruit note. The taste is weirdly attractive and a little repelling. Sirupy, sugary, fruity (raisins?), caramel, foresty, oily, smooth, round and I don’t know what is weird about it. This beer is special and you should try it. Interesting and weird. The taste is intense and suddenly stops a few moments later in the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Furseth (2028) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle: Hazy red colour, big head. Aroma is dominted of fruits, citrus, flowery, seet malts. Flavor had a mix of vet woody, caramelly, smoked, sweet malts, salty, alcy in the end! Big body long smked/ woodu bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niksko (535) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2015
Pours a dark amber brown, with a fluffy white head. Nose is oaky, molasses, musty, caramel. Flavor is lots of oak, molasses, caramel, toffee, a little citrus, plum. Sweet and almost ashy smoky finish. Medium to heavy body. Rich and warming, lovely oaky sweet flavor. Really nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lawger (239) - SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2015
2015 bottling. Pours a clear reddish chestnut or very dark amber with a solid 2.5 fingers of frothy pale khaki head. Subdued aroma even at room temperature, hints of rich malt, wet carton, some chocolate, caramel and a hint of herbs. Difficult to find any boosieness, but I find the aroma very muted overall. Full bodied palate, towards the sweet side with a slightly dank resinous quality to it. Rich milk chocolate. Moderate bitterness, but very little boosieness. Very well made. Will be interesting to see if the aroma develops with some ageing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (882) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2015
(355ml 2015 bottle from Systembolaget) Pours a clear dark amber-red with just a few white bubbles. Aroma only moderately strong, caramel and brown sugar maltiness, clove, cinnamon, fruitcake, vanilla oak, hints of stewed dates/plums. Flavour sweet, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, dates, golden raisins, some spices and oak. Dries a fair bit at the finish, bitter, woody, with a bite from a bit of hops and some alcohol. Fairly light bodied with very soft carbonation. A fairly sweet but quite oaky strong ale, but not rich or unctuous like a barley wine or even like many old ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lownote (378) - USA - OCT 15, 2015
Awesome complex sweet. Light alcohol flavor. Pretty clear in a weird reddish tan with tiny head. Aroma is kind of fruity sweet? Apples? Just a tad too sweet, not quite cloying. Really smooth body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (3233) - FINLAND - OCT 18, 2015
Bottle. Amber in color with a small head. Raisin soup, sweet brown sugar, some maltyness in aroma. Bit barley wine like. Sweetish in taste also, toffee and ripe raisins. Easy one to drink and quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SkillsFactory (276) - ITALY - OCT 25, 2015
Color mogano chiaro con riflessi arancioni, limpida, schiuma ocra di media persistenza. Aroma biscottato, toffee, uvetta e frutta matura a polpa gialla, liquorosa e leggermente vinosa. Aroma inizialmente fruttato e liquoroso, in secondo piano note tostate; bellissima coda molto complessa che spazia da un amaro erbaceo e tostato all'uva passa e all'amarena sotto spirito, nota alcolica molto presente ma estremamente piacevole. Corpo pieno, non molto carbonata.

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