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RATINGS: 1748   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (3010) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Bottle courtesy TheCheeseman. Dark brown pour with a thin off white head. Big caramel malt, toffee aroma with hints of earthy hops. Very bold caramel malt, earthy hop taste with hints of fruit. Alcohol is hidden well, very smooth and english BW like.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2009
(bottle - 12 oz) Got this in a little trade from Dave. Thanks man. Copper pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet with some good hints of sweetness, dark fruits, oak, maybe some bourbon, and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and rich with lots of toffee, caramel, oak, wood, vanilla, alcohol, and a light tartness near the end. Finishes smooth and sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Murky copper body; thin head. Aroma - mandarin orange, rusted pipes. Texture of wet clay, paper machť. Extremely musty old-world malt flavor. Some plum flavor. Moderate bitterness of old hops conjures up tree bark(?), chalk(?). Alcohol adds to the body but not to the flavor. Very unique; I donít have any other beers to use as a reference point for comparison. 2 bottles over 2 weeks before I feel comfortable entering a rating. I did like this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Bottle shared with Gabe. Poured murky brown with small head. Malty, sweet aroma with a small hint of chocolate. Taste is similar to a barley wine. Not a bad brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (6323) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2009
This poured a mahogany color with an off white head. Aroma was of dark fruits caramel, sweet malts and some leather. Flavor was a but toffe/caramel scotch flavor with noters of burnt malts and alcohol. Althoguh flavor isnt quite breathetaking, it is almost overwhelming

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - APR 19, 2009
Thanks go out to a couple of BAís who sent me one of these. Bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth of white head that settled down to a sparse lace. The color of the brew was a cloudy almost Macintosh apple red. This brew sat in the closet for a while so I am getting some bourbon whisky like aromas coming from the glass. Some vanilla and a little barleywine note as well The flavors are strong malts and candy sugar but the alcohol flavors keep the sweetness in check. This brew is thick and smooth in the mouth. I was in the mood for a strong brew tonight but one is enough in one sitting. A likable Old Ale I will defiantly revisit this one

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Bottle. Lists 9.8% ABV on the neck tag so I will update it after this rating. Near lifeless dark bronze pour. An island of bubbles is all that is produced from the carbonation. Nose is caramel, hints of bourbon, wood, toasted malt, brown sugar and vanilla. Smells like itís barrel aged. Taste echoes that sentiment. Lots of oak, toasted malts, sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar and ripe fruit. Faint hint of coconut as well. Body is nearly uncarbonated but is slick and has a nice alcohol warmth to it. Medium overall feel. This could be chewier also. Ends with more vanilla, slight hop notes, bourbon, wood, caramel, light nutty flavors, toffee and spicy notes. More vanilla and toasted malt here as well. Very tasty beer!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (6459) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2010
(Bottle at Pikkulintu) Poured dark reddish brown and clear with small and white head. Aroma contained malts, peat and whisky. Palate was medium bodied and dryish with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, whisky, peat , hops and mild bitterness. Aftertaste was malty and mildly bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2010
amber pour with a thin white head. aroma is fruity, caramel malt. some spicy hop. vanilla and boozy bourbon in the flavour. some brown sugar and toffee.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewbie (478) - New York, USA - MAR 18, 2010
12oz bottle. courtesty of ucusty. cloudy brown color, reminds me of apple cider. small head. aroma of malt sweetness, toffee, caramel. At first sip, a nice mix of caramel with little bit of bitterness to offset the sweetness. Nice sipper, but itís really sweet. One to enjoy for the evening. Thanks, David.


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