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RATINGS: 1726   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.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

aenima's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
aenima (330) - Askim, - MAY 30, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2013 Very nice aroma of raisins, figs and dark fruits. The taste is similar with some additions of oak. The oakiness gets a little bit dominating for my taste. Should maybe have been a little sweeter. Anyway, I really liked this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (832) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 27, 2016
Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is sweet caramel, light molasses. Taste is caramel with light oak...gets a little wimpy on the end but overall delightful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (2079) - New York, TURKEY - JUN 22, 2016
Bottle. Hazy dark amber with large foamy light beige head, oak aroma with a bit of caramel, medium carbonation, woodsy caramel taste, lightly sweet with alcohol undertones, thickish smooth body, long bitter woodsy finish with alcohol aftertaste. Strong and interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarageBrewer80 (298) - SWEDEN - JUN 20, 2016
Flaska från SB. Klar, gyllene brun med smutsbrun skumkrona. Söt doft av pumpa och ekfat. Söt och kraftfull kropp. Smak av smörkola, ekfat, pumpa, torkade frukt, peppar och alkohol. Fatig, jordig och torr avslutning.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ngejo (874) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - JUN 19, 2016
Bottle. Hazy, brown, frothy, tan foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drjoeng (701) - SINGAPORE - JUN 19, 2016
9.8%ABV. Old Ale. Poured out clear mahogany. 25ºSRM. Nose has molasses and brown sugar aromas. There are nice strong dried date aromas as well. The tang of alcohol gives this a nose like a nice scotch ale but with less smokiness. You also get some sweet maraschino cherry aroma. Mouthfeel is syrupy. Palate has strong honey and treacle flavor notes. There is banana but also a very nice rich creamy bread pudding-like flavor which makes this overall like having a very moist and alcoholic banana bread. There are rum-like flavors as well. The finish is alcoholic with a nectary, raw brown sugar like base but with some nice spiciness which is accentuated by the curmudgeonly alcoholic burn: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and maybe even some five spice. There is also this cloud of creamy aromas and flavors with vanilla bean, creme fraiche, and sweet cream. Overall, a wonderfully belligerent tipple. So very very craftily put together with layers of complexity all on a bed of barely concealed aggression. Goes on Favorites List !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kurtos (172) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2016
Bottle. Pours a rich Bronze Aroma. Dark Fruits, oak and syrup. Taste. Very Rich and indulgent, Molasses, Dark Fruits, Oats, oak, with a spicy bitterness throughout and just a touch of whiskey. Overall. Quite a complex, satisfying and indulgent beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ogre71 (274) - Utah, USA - JUN 15, 2016
This barrel aged beer has lots of strong oak flavor almost over powering not for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (3794) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2016
Bottle. Copper color. Aroma of malt, sweet molasse, raisiny ripe fruit and cinnamon. Sweet malty taste of soft ripe fruit, oak, malt, raisin, syrup and some bitters in the finish. Very smooth and elegant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (2621) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Draft pour at the Willard’s Tap House. Nice to run into this beer while down here. 2014 vintage. Oily copper pour with an active fizz head. Mild sweet malt aroma. Flavor is complex, bready malt, bold caramel, sweet cream. Caramel heavy finish. Fresh feel to an old beer. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoprider (367) - DENMARK - JUN 11, 2016
Reddish brown pour with a beige head. Nose is english old ale with light raisins, nutty, slight caramel and bready aroma and maybe a slight soft vanilla spice to soften things up. The taste is fairly light with mostly caramel, light dark fruit and again a dry nutty pressence. Finishes malty, well rounded and with a sweet bready aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with fairly soft carbonation.

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