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RATINGS: 1519   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 (6425) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiercepanda (605) - Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2012
A clear reddish beer with a small white head. The aroma is clean grain and sweet malt with toffee. The flavor is quite sweet, toffee and candy with a slight chocolate taste. Good body and the alcohol is not overwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (5310) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2012
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber color with an off-white head that doesn’t last very long. Aroma is of sweet malt with some notes of fruit, caramel. Flavor follows aroma with sweet malt, caramell and a distinct note of alcohol with a hint of whisky/bourbon?. Flavor lasts a decent while, mouthfeel is light-medium body. Overall a delicious beer, would buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sheep (93) - FINLAND - SEP 11, 2012
355ml bottle, bottled 13/04/12. Pours a clear ruby red with a small, fast receding white head. Aroma gives honey, mint(!), butterscotch, vanilla and faint herbal notes with a sweet, caramelly malt backbone. Flavor is sweet malt, light honey, earthy and vanilla-like. Could do with slightly more bitterness, it’s a little too much on the sweet side. Mouthfeel is soft, not too thick, not too light. Medium carbonation. No sign of alcohol despite the relatively high abv - deceptively drinkable indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tinco (581) - Linköping, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2012
Deep amber slightly hazy with almost no head. Slight foam on the side of the glas. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, some raisins, (My nose is on vacation today...have a cold...). Sweet caramel malt, raisins, alcohol, a nice bitterness at the back of the palate. Not too complex but a solid beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dresden (1049) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - SEP 26, 2012
Clear ruby with no head or lacing at all. Aroma is dark dried fruits, and sweet malt. Taste is very boozy, decent bitterness and lots of caramel maltiness. Pretty solid sipper!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gription79 (2407) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 13, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Poured cloudy without head. Lots of caramel and toasted malts. A big malty beer with grainy notes. Some fruity characters. A nice beer but it is not blowing my mind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2201) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 13, 2012
On tap @ Toronado: Poured a medium amber hue with a tiny layer of film head across the top. The aroma is spicy and sweet with a scent of cinnamon or frankincense but does have a nice malt bill holding it all up. The drink tastes watered down but does have a balanced taste of slightly spiced hops and caramel/toffee like malts to keep my interest but not enough substance to make this a memorable old ale style. Maybe I need to taste this from the bottle to change my mind—hopefully I get that chance one day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjgmd (1606) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Pours a dark muddy brownish orange with virtually no head. Nose is sweet and fruity with a good amount of malt along the way. Taste is very sweet and fruity as well with abundant caramel, with abundant malt and very well disguised alcohol. Finish is dry, more of a sipper paired with a dessert. Quaff Score 7 / 10

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