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Westbrook Grumpy Old Time
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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Over a year ago, the guys at CBX worked on a couple of collaboration beers with Westbrook. One of the beers, Citrus Ninja Exchange, was an immediate release and has since been brewed again. The other, a strong, dark, sour monster, was tucked away in barrels with wild yeasts and bacteria. That beer, dubbed "Old Time" after everyone’s favorite store manager, Brandon Plyler, is now seeing the light of day. A variety of barrels were used for aging, so you’ll see a handful of versions released, each with a different name. Grumpy Old Time spent the last year in Laird’s Apple Brandy barrels getting sour.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (2316) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle shared at Proof (by Tim and Rachel I think...). Tasty green apple tannic. Medium tart. Seemed good but wore little thin. Bit of nail polish vibe. Vinegar, wood, lemon. 7.0

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7137) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark amber brown with no head. Nose and taste of apple brandy, oak, grape, caramel, dark fruit, malt, Brett, low acid cherry vinegar and light spice. Medium body. Moderate acidity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1538) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Another tasty bottle shared by EricTeusink. Aroma was caramel, fruit, tart apples, grapes. Flavor of oak, some Brett, fruits, malty, spice, citric acid, some vinegar, green apples. Pretty nice. A touch dry in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Very dark brown pour with no head. Body is flat with no carbonation. Tart and slightly funky aroma with hints of apple and alcohol. Watery mouthfeel. The tartness comes across up front, and then the sweet brandy flavors. Finish is a bit acidic. Marks for uniqueness and creativity.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kayres (392) - , Georgia, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Dark hazy brown. Thin tan head. Sweet apple aroma. Huge puckering sour. Medium bodied a bit of vanilla. Dry finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mverity (254) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle share at Proof courtesy of Scotchzi. Pours a deep amber with a touch of deep red. Heavy apple in the nose with a touch of earthiness. Taste is nice tart apple with some dark fruit (fig and plum). Some of that earthiness comes through too. Medium/low carbonation and medium-thin body. Great apple aftertaste. Not really any of the sour I was expecting from the description, but still a damn good brew.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernesto987 (3372) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Bottle, wow this is crazy, completely flat and really sweet from the old ale. The flavors are all good but the intense sweetness and boozyness is too much, sorey

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (11947) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
Keg@CBC2013 Murky amber color, small brownish head. Tart with some calvados and roasted notes. Medium-bodied. Tart, apply, green apple!. Nice sour beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Bottle shared at Fear Tuesday Tasting (Downers Grove, IL). Pours a deep brownish hue, ruby glow and some nice brown glow, a nice firm haziness and darker dulled body let’s way. Small frothy tannish head atop dies to a loose ring, laces small and sticks around small. Aromas are a bit acidic, cherries and raisins, sour fruit and mellow brett. Aapple brandy, wet wood and touches of vanilla. Some gentle sweetness, toffee and toast. Initial is firly sour, crab apple and apple brandy, some lactic elements and gentle brett. Fruit apple brandy barrel shows some life, crab apple, lemon, and gentle carmelized and biscuity malts. Some vanilla, tartness. Middle is tart, a bit of warmth starts to hit. Mellow fuzziness, some toffee and toast, carmelized and gentle vanilla. Firm apple acidity and brandy barrel element. Backend is a gentle dryness, subtle Belgian yeast, with subtle bready malt, touches of sourness are firm, a bit spirity, some depleted caramel and toasty malts. Overall, it’s an odd experiment. The Apple Brandy barrel seems to provide some synergy with the sourness. A bit of body, well sourned with some odd spirit, barrel falvors are pronounced throughout. Odd but interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (949) - New York, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle, 11/17/2013. Pours deep purplish brown, dark ruby highlights, thin hazy head. Aroma is moderately sour dark berries and cherries, touch of chocolate with toffee highlights, earthy red wine vinegar, subtle vanilla, fruity brett and wood. Taste is brandy soaked dried fruit, sweet vinegar, vanilla maple with roasted notes. Medium bodied, almost a bit chewy. Really tasty.


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