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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mverity (294) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (14787) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6487) - Aurora, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1228) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (12420) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured a clear ruby amber color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy sour yeast, fruit and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & tart flavor with a medium to heavy sour & tart finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7463) - Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by b3shine. Pours a clear dark amber brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have some sweet malts, a nice Flanders red note, tart character, caramel, gets soft at times. I can’t believe itis 11 percent. Not much carbonation, but good flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (7140) - Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2013
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared with Tmoney99, alexsdad06, and jmborggren; thanks Dogbones). Looks good; a cloudy reddish brown with very thin light beige lacing. Smells solid; tart and funky with notes of cherries and apple brandy barrels. Tastes like it smells, only better, with a tart but smooth mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable for 11% too. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7111) - Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2013
11/9/13. Bottle shared by Matt at Sweet Grass. A lucky bottle shared during their Westbrook events! Thanks, guys! Amber red pour with a nice khaki head. Lightly tart aroma, deep, rich, on the Flanders side of things as far as sours go - dark fruits, a mix of sweet and sour with rich savory aspects - tobacco, leather, dark fruits, dark sugars, etc. Tasty!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (3210) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Pours a translucent copper from the bottle with no real head or lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel from the barrel up front, then a nice lactic sour middle, and an oaky sour finish. Taste is less than the nose, but still a nice blend of the sour and the brandy barrel. I think its pretty damn good.

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