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RATINGS: 1492   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (5978) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (5086) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
stefannilssons (1496) - SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2013
det här var lite av en besvikelse, men bara lite. Smaken var intressant och komplex med toner av aprikos, malt, örter och något som skulle kunna vara någon form av konfektyr. Kroppen var bra och stabil men balansen uteblev helt, dock var det synd att alkoholen sken igenom lite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teddybeer (2351) - Madrid, SPAIN - SEP 14, 2013
Bottle. Orangish colour with a light beige head with medium lasting. Aroma is light caramel, toasted malts and spiced. Flavor is quite similar as aroma with slightly hints of wood, mild sweet with a light bitterness in the final.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Swaroga (1476) - Brussels, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2013
355ml bottle. Hazy, orange/brown with almost no head. Nose : tart, sugar, honey, orange, vanilla, chocolate, dried raisins. Cooked fruits. Sip : thick, oily and low carbonated. The body does remind of a barley wine. Cloying sweet with tart and booze notes. Cooked fruits, whisky. Chocolate, Malaga ice-cream. It never really stops to be cloying sweet with sour and booze. Overall this is a nice discovery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1871) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle from Earl of Essex. Bottled 2012. Pours a dark reddy brown with a thin white head. Aroma is caramel and not much else. Medium body, mild carbonation. Some cherry, caramel, dark fruits, boozy heat, sherry, dark fruit. Pretty smooth actually. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2146) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2014
12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of Jan. 2013. Pours murky orange-brown with a small, weak head. Aroma: sweet and boozy with a clear trace of oak. Flavor: Mildly sweet; pretty good until the finish and aftertaste, then notably better. Feel: medium-full body; slightly harsh (ABV); warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkSanta410 (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 3, 2014
Bottle from Maltitude. Poured into a glass, appearance is dark amber with little brown head. Aroma is sweet blend of malts, with notes of caramel, maple syrup and brown sugar. Smells nice. Taste is very malty, again caramel malts, hints of molasses or maple syrup, some roasty / toasted notes as well. Slight bitterness, but not a huge hop profile detectable. Easy to drink. High ABV is not noticeable. Palate has low carbonation, robust mouthfeel. Not bad, a little too sweet for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redtechnj (223) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2014
Aroma- Brown sugar,malt,oak,fruity Appearance- hazy amber, very little head Flavor- rich malty caramel, nice bitter bite,slight smoky oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3339) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Bottle; poured an amber color with a whitish head. Aroma of booze, caramel, molasses, booze and cookies. Flavor was not as robust, but good. Cookies and molasses, some booze; a bit dry, could use some sweetness for balance. A bit of earthiness in the finish.

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