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RATINGS: 1557   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.
Editorís Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2006 BOTTLE RATING: a fine brew, but a bit dissapointing for an old ale...too much bourbon, too little caramel...just way too boozy TAP RATING 29 AUGUST 2005finally the curmudgeon has risen....a dark brown body (color of a chesnut in the light)...aroma is wonderful...full of sweet malts, grapefruit hops...flavor isnt quite as expected with an old ale...full of piney hops, some sweet malts, and a bite that is common in their Dirty Bastard and Devil Dancer...i agree with silphium as well...his rating is right on the money 8 4 7 3 14

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark amber brown. Strong alcohol taste. taste of caramel and malt. good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2006
2006 bottle. Mahogany colored pour. Clear with suspended particles. No head and a slick appearance. The aroma has candy, spice, and a light sweetness that is spicy and fruity at the same time. Very peculiar tasting stuff. Light sweetness with heavy malts that include caramel then moving to Belgian hard candy, some kind of fruit and loads of spice (cinnamon-nutmeg ). Finishes with a light bitterness. Full creamy body. Very odd, but not unenjoyable. I donít think Iíll seek this one out again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (4557) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUN 7, 2006
This was better than most bourbon barrel aged beers Iíve had, but please, Iím begging for this fad to slow down. Pours very dark copper with beige head that dwindles fairly quickly. Aroma is bourbon - traces of the malt as in there, but they are hidden by the dominant bourbon. Medium to full bodied beer with light carbonation. LOTS of bourbon on teh taste. There is some malt, but hard to make out characteristics of it. After a while the bourbon falls out a little bit and the malt comes out more with a very musty caramel taste. I wish I wouls have had this beer before the bourbon barrel aged version. If I want bourbon, Iíll buy a damn bottle - please stop doing this to the beers. At the very least state it is barrel aged on the bottle or 4 pack holder.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Bottle from Pailheadenstein. Murky brown colored, no real head formation and no lacing left. Aroma is kind of pleasant to me. Full malty, bits of molasses and fruit. Full bodied with a very low carbonation level. Very sweet tasting, tons of residual sugars are left in this one. Alcohol is pretty up front, I didnít pick up much bourbon notes in aroma or flavor with this, not that that is bad. Decent, alcohol is a bit overbearing, could use a touch more carbonation but decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2006
mahagony pour thick off white head nice lace. Bourbon notes toffees & buttered popcorn. Palate is light creamy well coated. Flavor is mellow to the point of non descript bourbon butter, sweet.. pretty boring.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 12oz bottle. 06 verison aged I think a year now. pours a muted dark ruby with small ring white head (if the color had more of a glow iíd give it a 5). nose has some nice raisins, plums, pears, and bourbon, not a bad nose just not complex at all. taste is rather sweet but very enjoyable, with candied dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. thereís also something rustic in the middle and finish which is unpleasant. finishes with alcohol warmth but no burn/bite. palate is full, a little chewy, and long lasting. carbination is low. wow, an easy to drink bourbon barrel old ale, well done. this beer lacks depth and complexity. however, i recall thinking this beer was hard to drink in early 06 so i think a year as done this beer very well perhaps another year or two is needed.7/4/7/4/15=3.7.

12/2/07, 2006 vintage, aged in bourbon barrels, aged about 18-22 months. pours muddy brown with small white head around the rim. nose of soft bourbon and vanilla. flavor notes of rich soft toffee, brown sugar, plums, with undertones of smooth bourbon and vanilla. this beer mellowed nicely. the palate is a bit short and thin but this is perhaps the smoothest bourbon barrel aged old ale. a bit too much residual sugars left here. it seems not have that rustic unpleasant note i recorded in the previous rating. i donít see this getting any better but maybe another 6-12months will dry it a bit more. 7/3/7/4/14=3.5

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2846) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Pours a cloudy brown color with almost no head. Syrupy consistency. Aromas of raisin. Full bodied and fruity flavors. Malty, chalky aftertaste. Decent but not phenomenal.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
donrajin (233) - Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2007
This is a good beer, but seems a little potent for an Old Ale. It reminds me more of a barleywine than an old ale. Nice caramel flavors with a good supporting body to balance out all the flavor and alcohol. It just reminds me more of a barleywine

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
Lent half a bottle by the host with the most nbutler11. A prickly nose of poppy, powder, flour and chocolate. Stationary brown-grey body. Taste is noticeably creamy, with an odd taste of coriander and caramelized malts creeping in. Rather tastes like a figgy quad. The spiciness really kept me from falling for this beer - I should have loved it looking back on these adjectives but it just struck me as sharp when I had it.


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