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RATINGS: 1542   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2006
I think somebody put rum in mine. The mix of vanilla and bourbon barrel woodiness gives this a very rum like scent and flavor. My 4oz sample was more than enough, but it was interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Pours a dark brownish color with hardly any head to stay around. Aroma is of coconut, chocolate, caramel, and whiskey. The aroma actually reminds me of those coconut, chocolate, graham cracker bars. Taste is fruity with intense sugary flavors, spices, and again the whiskey flavors. These beer is very lightly carbonated but it seems to tickle the nose a bit. A good brew but not a daily drinker as it’s too syrupy for me. HIdes the alcohol exceptionally well though.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Duane shared a bottle of this with a few of us. Some whiskey in the nose, some sweet malt flavor. This was not my style of beer. I haven’t warmed up to barleywines or old ales yet, so this wasn’t a favorite of mine.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2006
Aroma of booze, wood and pitfruits, murky reddish brown, miniscule tan head. Strong alcohol taste, malt with some woody notes. Medium bodied, fairly strong alcohol, yet enjoyable. Quite good. Thank You mds.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3678) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2007
Amber colored out of the bottle with a very hesitant ivory head that retreated into a slight ring around the glass very quickly. My first sniff of this warned me that this must be the bourbon barrel vintage. Whiskey, wood, butter and alcohol all wafted up. Overall the mouthfeel seemed a little watery, given the ABV and style. Lots of noticable alcohol in the flavor, both actual from the 9.3% and suggusted from all the bourbon. The barrel aging does impart lots of bourbon, oak, and the buttery sensation that I always get from bourbon barrel aged beers. My complaint about barrel aging is when the barrel overwhelms the beer and this seems to be one of those times. Flavors of vanilla, berry, oak, dried fruit; but all just washed out by the bourbon. If you like bourbon barrel beers, here is one. I prefer more balance with the beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2007
Bottled, 2006 version. A hazy amber beer with a beige head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of hops and caramel. The flavor is sweet malty with strong notes of caramel as well as light notes of alcohol, and notes of whiskey, with a thick flowing body.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lothore (583) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
A- Pours a deep, amber with a 1.5 finger, eggshell head that fades fairly quickly. S- Smell is very malty, with a deep piney hoppiness that reminds me of bigfoot. T- Taste is very malty, caramel, with too much hop influence throughout the middle. M- Thick with a bit too much carbonation. D- I wasn’t too impressed by this one. Not bad but it just didn’t have that raisin and fig influence that I love in old ales.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHANER4 (483) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2008
12 oz. bottle - Poured a deep copper color with small head. Aroma - banana bread, yeasty and alcohol. Flavor - Medium mouthfeel, yeasty and grainy. Palate - average to light carbonation. Long strange aftertaste. Overall - alright beer, silky smooth but aftertaste is strange.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - JAN 22, 2009
Bottle from Three Floyd’s Brewpub. I think my palate was pretty much gone at this point, but it tasted a little thin and fizzy. Will try again with a fresh palate.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11348) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2009
12oz bottle–pours an off white ring for a head and hazy copper color. Aroma is medium malt-toffee, dark fruit-cherry, boozy/wood. Taste is medium malt-toffee/brown sugar, dark fruit-cherry/raisin, boozy/wood, herbal/spice hops. Nicer as it warmed to cellar temp then room temp. occasional. Sipping. Thanks to decaturstevo for sharing.


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