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RATINGS: 1783   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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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2009
355 ml bottle. Reddish brown colour. Crystal clear. Medium-sized white fine-laced head. Rich caramelly aroma with notes of bread and toffee. Aroma is very intense, and very enjoyable. Sharp hop bitterness on the tongue. This mixed with strong caramelly malt flavours. Body feels surprisingly light given the initial impressions. Alcohol is noticeable, but mostly giving a warming sensation. Finishes much lighter, both in flavour, bitterness and character. Overall a great beer. Would have been even better if it could have followed up after the initial explosion of flavour.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2009
Red, brown colored brew. Nice sweet malty, oaky, vanilla aroma. Some bourbon, dried fruits. Flavor is balanced, vanilla, dried fruits, sweet malts, raisin and bourbon, Hoppy finish. Thick texture. Nice brew, very enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ContemplateBeer (2076) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Aroma of brown sugar, caramel and rum. Appearance was reddish brown with creamy tan head. Flavor matched the nose very well. Palate was bubbly. Good, but perhaps a bit overrated.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MeadMe (1645) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2009
A: Pours a reddish brown hue with a thunderous head. Quite a few bubbles but very little lacing. S: Very big. Tons of malt, oak, bourbon, cherries and vanilla. You could pass this off for a very nice snifter of Bourbon. T: The smell defined the taste in this one. Tons of oak. Like fine barrel aged bourbon baby yet soo much more complex. Besides the oak the alcohol is present, there is also vanilla and chocolate candied covered cherries. Lovely Brew. M: Medium bodied yet clingy. Takes hold of my mouth and throat with the strong oakiness, and burns its way down.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Pour amber brown with a small tan head. Aroma is caramel, roasted malts, and toffee. Flavor is full of caramel with hints of chocolate, vanilla and wood with some hints of bitterness as well. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2009
A hazy light brown colored beer, with a small foamy beige head. The aroma of hops with some bitter. There is caramel and fruits. The taste of a lot of caramel with hops. There are hints of chocolate. Its fruity with some spices. A little alcohol. The aftertaste is bitter with some sweet with spices.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bullit (4559) - Burgos, SPAIN - DEC 3, 2009
Draft at brewery. Orange colour, small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, sweet fruits, vanilla. Flavour of sweet caramel malts, fruits, vanilla. Well flavourd. Medium bodied. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14881) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazy ruby/orange color with no head. Rather malty aroma with something like mild hop. Full bodied with very little carbonation. Flavor is maybe a bit vanilla. It coats the mouth a bit. Medium dark dried fruits. Really smooth. Finishes really tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
benpickens (495) - Camarillo, California, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Pours a beautiful clear red with a light head and carbonation. Smells like Jack Daniels with oak notes. Obvious whisky notes with a dry finish. One of teh most interesting beers Ive had - hard to believe its a beer and not a whisky!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (13055) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle. Oarnge color. Tiny chunks of yeast floating. Malty, slightly alcoholic aroma with dried fruit, brandy notes and grass. Full bodied. Malty flavor with raisin. Alcoholic and stony with vinous notes. Grapes, perfumed . Red berries. Earthy hops.


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