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RATINGS: 1372   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertjm (759) - Albany, California, USA - APR 25, 2012
(trade w/changeup45) - Minimal foam after slight pfft opening bottle. Murky muddy dark brown body. Aroma of cocoa powder and raisins. Very sweet. Raisins and figs. Mouthfeel has a texturre like there’s something in it like cocoa. Slight alcoholic aftertaste. Hope to have this on draft someday to see how it tastes fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikem409 (1475) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Tap at club house. Pours golden with thin head. Very sweet biscut and honey aroma. Very sweet and boozy

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Strong alcohol and malt aroma with a taste to match. Beautiful amber appearance and warming mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
badwhale (345) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle to glass mug. Pours a caramel color, cloudy and almost no head. Looks like good lacing. AVB is evident in this one. It’s almost too boozy, however I kinda like it. It’s barleywine-esque, like the description says. I would keep these in the beer cellar...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jabic (405) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Ar: Raisins, sugary malt, ripe pineapple. Ap: Copper, a little hazy - almost no head, just a wisp of foam. T: Vinous and burnt caramel up front, fair amount of sweetness - firm bitterness with a pronounced herbal flavor - grape, orange peel, and raisin - noticeable, but clean, alcohol heat - finish is tannin and herbal bitterness. P: Medium-full body with medium carbonation - finish is medium-dry. O: Big, hearty beer - complex fruit and wine flavors mingle with a big grip of malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowenbrau (1865) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 22, 2013
355ml bottle @Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo. Malty, caramel, some alcohol aromas. Pours hazy dark amber with little vanishing off white head, poor lacing. Medium to full body, average carbonation, okind of oily, sticky texture. Taste is malty, caramel, thick, alcohol. Some fruity notes. Not so well balanced, alcohol not so integrated. Warm aftertaste. Rich an heavy palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (2728) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle at home from alesela
hazy amber with yeast floaties and cream tinted lacing. Fairly sweet toffee apple nose. Full bodied, low carbonation, sweet toffee, slightly creamy mouth feel. Well hidden alcohol, slightly malty. Sticky weetabix short finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cuso (4206) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 14, 2013
Bottle from De Molen web shop. Hazy dark amber color with medium white head. sweet aroma of honey, bee wax, sweet biscuity malt, some fruits. Extremely sweet taste with honey, sweet molasses, bee wax, caramel, vanilla. Too much on sweet side for being enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lunkie (1392) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2013
Spiritus malt aroma. Clear rich amber colour poor head & lacing. Malt coriander herbal flavour. Smith palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ComradeK (978) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JAN 21, 2014
355ml bottle. Pours a murky copper amber, with lots of sediment and a small off-white head, which lasts fairly well and leaves a little lacing. Berry notes, nutty malt and dark rye bread make up the aroma. Quite strong pine and spice hops up front give way to toffee and nutty malt in the mid-palate. Mild berry notes and more spice hops make up the finish. This is a decent beer, but to my mind it is a little over-hopped for an old ale.

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