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RATINGS: 1748   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2005
On tap @ the Brew Kettle: Dark copper w/ a lasting off white head. Alcohol, caramel and lemony hops with hints of roast fading in and out. A little bit of Old Spice from the guy sitting next to me intermingles with the toasted malts that get stronger with warmth. Well balanced with a dry finish for a big beer. Caramel flavor, citrusy hop lingering into the finish and aftertaste. Toasted and bready malts as it warms in between. Moderate esters. Aftertaste is toasted malt and citrusy hop. Full body, lower carbonation w/ a well hidden alcohol. Very smooth. Needs to age some for a true old ale, but very good and barleywinish for now, will probably improve with age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11176) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
On-tap at Pizza Plant Transit. It was so good it was as if it was brewed right here. Dark boddy with thin head. Stouty roast aroma. Hoppy and spicy. Medium-full body. I like the style, itís more drinkable than a barleywine. The understated carbonation at this location does it justice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 Is this beer or bourbon? I have never tasted a beer like this before, it tastes like bourbon, the taste of beer is non-existent. I am not sure how to rate this brew. I bought this non-refrigerated, the case says must be refrigerated, is this why it tastes like bourbon and not beer? A hazy brownish-orange with no head. I do know one thing, this beer/bourbon has a high alcohol content that kicks you in the ass!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Bottle: Caramel head, deep ruby red body. For them talking up the maltiness, I tasted a good blast of bitter hops, perhaps drawn out by the alcohol. Bourbon character messed up with the strange, sweet yet weak malt. My 4-pack was dominated by alcohol. After one of these my friend asked if I was drinking whiskey from my ceramic mug. He could smell the booze on my breath from 3 feet away. 4 pack = $13!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10609) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2007 Bottle 2006... Mostly clear, burnt orange ale with a small , creamy, khaki head. Malty, woodsy nose with lots of bourbon. Boozy, bitter flavor. Malt sweetness followed by hop and alcohol bitterness. Full-bodied and oily with faint carbonation. Finishes grassy and woodsy. Thanks go out to growler for sharing the bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle from Styles, Thanks Chris. I had a hard time trying to put descriptors to this. The nose did have some oak and woodiness but also had some thing like a moldy piece of fruit that you found in your lunch box on a monday morning. The taste was just as hard to describe but I really liked it. The BA-ing was pretty subtle to me. I wish I had a lot more of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Bottle. Pours a murky caramel brown with some red hues peeking through. Off white diminishing. head At first the aroma was very faint, but became more pronounced as it warmed, which was of sugary caramel and alcohol. Mouthfeel is a suprisingly medium light.. Initial flavor of caramelized sugar, vanilla, and oak quickly transitions to a pronounced boozy, warming, and astringent finisih. Hops really take a back seat in the finish. What was really weird about this that is goes down the throat so smoothly, like velvet. No stickiness. Not bad, but I did find the flavors and transitions fighting each other. This one maybe a little young for my tastes. Iíll put one back and see how it ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 20, 2006
12oz - 2006 - Aroma is strong leather, oak, and tobacco. Pours dark brown/ red with a ring for head and good lacing. Not very attractive. Flavor matches the aroma with a bourbon aftertaste lingering. The alcohol shows up in the finish. Palate is sticky. This brew hits you over the head with aroma and flavor, unfortunatley they are not the flavors I perfer. I will hold onto one and see if it mellows with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2007 Pours a dark, amber/brown with virtually no head. The aroma is sweet oak and bourbon, some caramel and pine, but the bourbon is definatley the star of this show. The flavor is again bourbon, but it isnít too strong and lets the rest of the cast some out to play. Sticky sweet toffee and resinous pine, with touches of vanilla and raisins. The mouthfeel is very soft, accentuated by the very low level of carbonation. The finish is fairly dry with moderate bitterness and slightly warm. If you like bourbon barreling, you will certainly love this beer. For me, it is a bit too much, but nice inspite of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2011 Hazy, red color, a touch of brown with an almost nonexistent head. Very fruity, candy-like, taffy, and pina colada in the nose. A very unusual flavor profile. Coconut prevails. Tropical oil, candied sugar, alcoholic warmth, and a balancing bitterness to a nicely syrupy palate of jaggery? sugar-like flavors.

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