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RATINGS: 1799   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.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

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3.8
Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 31, 2010
from erzbierschof.ch - hazy reddish-amber colour with a poor head retention; hoppy aroma with lot of fruity notes (strawberries marmalade, prunes) and notes of alcohol; full-bodied and a bit sticky, thick and solidly bitter; quite dry with long fruity hoppy notes in the finish along with a warming touch

3.6
jarow (237) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2010
2009 bottle. Pours dark brown with almost no head. Nose is malt malt and more malt. Caramel, some vanilla bourbony notes, slight alcohol. Smooth and quite drinkable for the strength, sweet with another heavy dose of caramel malt, bourbon.

3.9
rand (1700) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 29, 2010
Bottle 355 ml from www.erzbierschof.ch. Ale flavored of orange, caramel, brandy, rosemary and woody. Citrus fruits, molasses, spices, oak, vanilla and touch of maple syrup blend in a full body and a fat and syrupy texture. Soft finish on herbs, dried fruits, almond and tannic note.

4.1
jlruthven (612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Bottle, poured into a mini-goblet. Cloudy, brownish-ruby, with minimal tan head. Nose is thick with molasses, bourbon, and slight sour cherry. Taste is insanely malty, more bourbon, a little toffee and overripe raspberry on the back of the tongue. Finishes clean, a bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. Mild bitterness. Very drinkable, but this is definitely a sipper. Mouthfeel is a touch on the thin side, but this may embolden itself with just a few months’ more aging. Lucky I picked up a 4-pk.

4
teorn88 (7671) - Rimini, ITALY - MAY 28, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a clear dark-ruby color with a big off-white head. Creamy and long lasting foam. Aroma is huge: lots of malty sweetness with caramel and toasted notes. Hints of spicies too. Taste is similar: very sweet with huge caramel notes and spicies. Some alcholic flavor too. Full bodied with medium carbonation. Overtall, great. Very sweet, but still complex, warming and really enjoyable.

4
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2010
It has a rusty orange hue, with very little cream colored head. It has a sweet boozy malt smell. Tastes of sweet boozed malt with a twinge of brown sugar. The alcohol lingers on the palate with strong malt after taste. Very nice Old Ale hinging on a Barleywine.

3.5
tgncc (3129) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Aroma is fruit,brandy. The appearance is a clear deep amber color, white head. Thin looking for this style. The flavor is sweet, fruit, apricot, alcohol. The finish is a booze warming. Medium/thick in body. Good Old Ale, by far not the best Old Ale.

3.3
sunnyridge (222) - USA - MAY 21, 2010
This is a good beer and I like it more aged. The taste has a strong malt character and a gummy sourness at the end. Let it sit.

3.8
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2010
12 ounce bottle-copper-orange pour-beige head-aroma and taste of caramel, woody, liquor-sweet bitter tongue tingling finish

4.3
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 18, 2010
09 vintage, slightly hazy crimson hued pour. aroma of sweet caramel, butter, scotch, butterscotch, oak, bourbonyness. the taste is sweet, hot and spicy, the barrel shows up more, very warm, thick and sweet. nice smooth body for the abv, just a touch of proper warming heat, a nice butterscotch sundae aftertaste.


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