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RATINGS: 1400   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spilledpint (345) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Notes from 12/24/2010 12 oz. bottle from Binny’s Beverage Depot, Chicago Ar: Toffee, deep date notes. Light alcohol seems to be present as well. Ap: Pours hazy deep orange-amber with 1/2" light tan head. Decent lace. T: Pit fruit sweetness up front brings dates to mind. Bitterness on finish almost keeps it from being cloying, as does the mild alcohol burn. P: Chewy, thick, sticky body. Medium carbonation. O: Good winter warmer. The richness of these beers can be a bit much for me without huge amounts of hop bitterness, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NŘ, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2011
Pours copper with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, heavy raisin, plum, vanilla and alcohol. Flavour is caramel, alcohol, vanilla, heavy raisin and plum.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wolfenkopf (171) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2011
This one has a wonderful nutty and caramel aroma. There was no head to speak of. The brew is similar in color to a strong tea. There’s quite a lot to the taste. It is brutally high in the alcohol taste, though it is well offset with caramel. There is also a high element of bitterness, but it did not take away from my enjoyment. Bitterness and carbonation fight hard for supremacy over the palate with no clear winner. This one is a monster and you shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to try it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a deep, hazy amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma is caramel, buttery toffee, and a little vanilla. Flavor is much the same, with a little unpleasant alcohol heat. That’s what is keeping me from scoring it much higher. I’ll rate again after I taste an aged bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (5606) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 1, 2012
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiercepanda (528) - Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2012
A clear reddish beer with a small white head. The aroma is clean grain and sweet malt with toffee. The flavor is quite sweet, toffee and candy with a slight chocolate taste. Good body and the alcohol is not overwhelming.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (4548) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2012
12oz bottle. Poured a slightly red color with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet toasted malts, touch of dark brown sugar notes, dried fruits. Flavor is pretty sweet, with that dried raisin/date-style notes to it. Notes of earthy hops and plenty of alcohol is present in this one. I bet this will age well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2012
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber color with an off-white head that doesn’t last very long. Aroma is of sweet malt with some notes of fruit, caramel. Flavor follows aroma with sweet malt, caramell and a distinct note of alcohol with a hint of whisky/bourbon?. Flavor lasts a decent while, mouthfeel is light-medium body. Overall a delicious beer, would buy again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sheep (93) - FINLAND - SEP 11, 2012
355ml bottle, bottled 13/04/12. Pours a clear ruby red with a small, fast receding white head. Aroma gives honey, mint(!), butterscotch, vanilla and faint herbal notes with a sweet, caramelly malt backbone. Flavor is sweet malt, light honey, earthy and vanilla-like. Could do with slightly more bitterness, it’s a little too much on the sweet side. Mouthfeel is soft, not too thick, not too light. Medium carbonation. No sign of alcohol despite the relatively high abv - deceptively drinkable indeed.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tinco (566) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2012
Deep amber slightly hazy with almost no head. Slight foam on the side of the glas. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, some raisins, (My nose is on vacation today...have a cold...). Sweet caramel malt, raisins, alcohol, a nice bitterness at the back of the palate. Not too complex but a solid beer!


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