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RATINGS: 1786   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.
Editors Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2804) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Bottle. Moderate caramel for the malt, cooked orange for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with hints of dried fruit, bourbon and brown sugar. Head is small, wispy, off-white with some slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear amber/orange. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, slick in texture and has a soft carbonation and a dry and sticky finish. Perfectly balanced, this Old Ale is both rich and crisp, and the alcohol is fairly well hidden, which makes it pretty easy drinking.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Poured from a growler courtesy of Whole Foods, Richmond. Poured with very little head. Color is very opaque dark orange. Aroma is very sweet, high on molasses and burnt sugar; quite indicative of a barleywine. The taste is quite sweet up front with burnt caramel, molasses and a bit of hoppy bitterness. The alcohol is slightly noticeable on the exhale. A very well rounded old ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (6898) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Bottle. 12 oz. (2007 Vintage) Pours a sick, deep, opaque shiny brown with a one finger, thick, creamy tan head. Body is filled with snowflake chunks of pale sediment. The aroma is sneakily smooth and engaging; notes of vanilla, oak, roasted malts, buttery biscuits, bourbon, cream, toffee, and tons of caramel. Medium bodied with a gooey, round, sticky palate. The sweetness of the malts and bourbon really surface in the front, with a huge, warm boozy finish. This fucking beer is amazing. Just get a bottle and drink it. Its like a warm hug from an old, dear friend.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Very high ratings for this but I didnt like it much. It has a malty, strong taste. Kind of reminded me of cough syrup mixed with toffee. Copper-ish brown in color with very small head.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnMan (102) - Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2011
This beer has an interesting bitterness as well as caramel/toffee sweetness. I get some dark fruits, and hints of biscuit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (14659) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 21, 2011
bottle. Deep golden colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, bourbon, malt, fruit, sugar, bread. flavour is hop, sugar, alcohol, bourbon, bread, caramel. Powerful nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Poured from a 12oz bottle from Manny57. Pours an orange/amber color with white head. Aroma is toffee and pineapple? Taste is sweet but balanced with a nice bitterness in the end.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 18, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2012 My Bottom Line:
Simple caramel and honey sweetness harbors citrusy hops and their leafy bitterness, producing an enjoyable but relatively unmemorable Old Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slab of foam tops the amber.
-The soft carbonation reveals the simplicity and generosity of the malt profile.
-This is very similar to most English-style Barley Wines brewed this side of the Atlantic.
-This doesnt dazzle from the malt-side of things or from the hops, so I cant say Ill go for it often.

Bottles.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
bottle(thanks to Danny!) at my leaving FL throwdown(17Dec10)pours hazy brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is light roast, burnt sugar and booze. Flavor is sweet caramel and roast with lots of malt character from toast and nuts to roast and light smoke. Nice.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
albinotron (36) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 12, 2011
I really love this beer. Its the first and only old ale that Ive tried, but it has enticed me to try more. Aroma is very much of caramel malt. Appearance is a hazy amber with no head. Taste is a nice combination of sweet and a little bitterness. I dont know how, but I feel like I can taste the aging. Very little carbonation. I loved this beer.


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