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RATINGS: 1589   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.
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 13/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Clear brown body. This is one malty SOB. Has a big sweet, fruity aroma. Caramel, brown sugar, coffee cake with some port-like alcohol (probably the barrel) on top. The sweetness doesn’t have the sharp caramelized notes of brown sugar or molasses but rather retains their sweet elements and therefore is very smooth and silky with the oily alcohol pooled on top. The same big malts are in the body but it’s marred by pine needle gin. Caramel, chocolate and coffee cake start the flavor with pine needles, alcohol, and unripe apples finishing it off. Good mouthfeel. I’d enjoy the beer more if the alcohol wasn’t so gin-like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2006
Unfiltered ruby-orange in color. Broken layer of foam settles into a tightly woven collar of dirty-white cream. Immensely aromatic notes of fresh-cut oak, perfumey tannins, raisins, rhubarb, and vanilla-infused caramel. Soft, densely packed bubbles grace the tongue. An unappealing arrangement of rhubarb and bourbon greets the palate. Bourbon is noticeably soft and composed, and also possesses a fair amount of cleanliness, but the tannins immediately weaken the body’s strength. An assortment of fruity esters lurks beneath the richness and lends a complementary slickness to the pungent oak. Tannins reinforce the medicinal astringency, but it stops just shy of becoming overbearing as it’s quickly muffled by the body’s plush softness. Hop impact remains minimal up until a hint of bitter grapefruit rind skims the tongue. Alcohol heightens as the flavors evolve, as do a body-reinforcing caramelized sugar and tannic tug. The pungency of the oak negates much of the soothingly soft malts, but a softened oak-derived vanillin sweetness is there to compensate. Flavors lose intensity at the finish, due to the heightening tannic acidity which leaves a trail of candy apples and medicine in its wake. The aroma has plenty of power, but not much allure, and the wood is too raw/fresh tasting and tannic. Had they chosen a barrel with a deeper level of toast, this might have been blissful. I must say, however, that the magic of bottle conditioning is to credit for the wonderful carbonic texture. Not too shabby.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2346) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2010 This is one ale not lacking for aroma and flavor. Aromas of ripe fruits, including plum and strawberry, sweet malts and alcohol. Bourbon, caramel, cotton candy and plum dominate the flavor. Wood from the barrel is also folded into the flavors. A slightly bitter taste — grapefruit — sneaks in toward the end. The body is thin and nicely carbonated. Acidic and dry finish. Dark brown/copper translucent pour with thin head. Update: 2-11-10. Amber body. Short, off-white head, mostly diminishing. Aroma of bourbon, wood, ripe dark fruits, plum, strawberries. The flavor is moderately to heavily sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, moderate carbonation. Very sweet start turns boozy with lots of whiskey notes. Peppery bitterness from alcohol and hops linger in the finish. Overly sweet. Lots of alcohol. Not as god as I remember it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tranum (34) - delafield, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2006
This was like no beer i have ever tried before. I am not going to lie it tasted a bit like capt morgans but i think it was because of the coconut like taste. It went down rather smooth and has little to no taste of alcohol and not much bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cathcacr (643) - Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Two beers in a row where the consensus seems off by a few points. No head to speak of. Dark whatever color (not black or totally opaque). Aroma of mild, faint musty junkyard. Flavor very fruity something. Could be any number of fruits you could have fun guessing at with this one. Blueberry? Raspberry? Fig? Date? Plum? Very sweet in any case. Very smooth palate. Deserves some points for being interesting/distinctive. Technically it comes out at a 7/10 but I’d give it a 7.5 on the subjective scale.

Back to back with Immort Ale or a similarly suitable barley wine, this will get you sufficiently lit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2007
heavy carmel and maple syrup with brown sugar and some walnuts. very rich lots and lots of bourbon, and its been aging for 3 months at least

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
12 oz. bottle from OhioDad. Pours a hazy caramel color with a small and fast diminishing off white head. Dry woody aroma, young oak, hints of toffee and clover. Tart and extremely tannic in the flavor, lots of oak, somewhat sweet malts, but overshadowed by tannins and astringent herbs, with alcohol and slight pepper finish. Full body, creamy carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
waolsen (1370) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2007
bottle. mahogony pour with thin head. very strong aroma of oaky bourbon, sugar, caramel malts, mild fruits and floral hops. full bodied. bourbon dominates palate. paper, suagr, rich malts, floral hops. bitter finish. I enjoy bourbon beers but this had too much bourbon for my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Pours rust color and hazy with a thin ring of bubbles. Smells of sweet malt, some light fruity hints, earthy. Tastes fruity and dry with some tea like hints on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
That1Guy (2055) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Thanks to Honkeybra. Aight, so I pour this out into two separate glasses, one for me and one for Jakebra. His is cloudy, mine’s clear. So…appearance is actually 3 ½. Kinda scotchy and fruity nose followed by a really smoky flavor. Like smoky scotch or something. Interesting brew. I’d like to try it again.

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