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RATINGS: 1794   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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andersand (529) - Malm, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2009
Dark copper colour with a small off-white head leaving some lazing on the snifter. Aroma is very sweet malty with notes of dark fruit, caramell, alcohol and pure sugar. Flavour is sirupy malts, various fruit, alcohol heat with notes of raisins, caramell and carmelised sugar. The finish is woody, hot and somewhat dry. Not very balanced but still quite tasty, mouthfeel is smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ManvsCity (183) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Twelve oz bottle. Thick and sweet with a thin amber foam layer and small but sticky lacing. Aroma has bourbon, hickory, toffee candy. Smooth on the tongue, not a huge amount of carbonation, almost barleywine syrupy. Bourbon, black fig, plum, sweet almond paste. Slight snap of hops at the back of the throat on the finish, and a bit of residual alcohol heat on the sides of the tongue.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2009
Had on tap. really really nice old ale, lots of good malts. nose is sweet with caremel and malts, creamy mouthfeel as was said before. sweet but balanced wish some bottles were available for aging but amazing still

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Smells of raison, honey, and butterscotch. The first sip is funky, very unique tasting beer. Has a creamy body. Tastes like a butterscotch candy mixed with vanilla, caramel, and rum. This is a peculiar beer, with lots of interesting flavors. Has a moderate bitterness, some sugary notes as well, with a lasting alcohol finish. It is low on my drinkability scale though due to its buttery, honey characteristics.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Radek Kliber (7301) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 20, 2009
Bottle 355 ml
Appearance: ruby red with touch of amber , mid shaded top , vintage ivory.
Nose: deep woody with sweetness of caramel paired with oak and alcohol. Touch of Bourbon ? Great depth. 8+
Flavor/Palate : Mid full bodied. Woody , cask character , hint of Bourbon noted. Light bitterness with wet old wood feel on sides. Alcohol is well covered with some apparent warmth at finish. High quality sipper.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Had the bottle in my fridge for a good while. Poured small, smooth tan head that mostly diminished, no lacing, minimal carbonation, semi-transparent, and an orange brown hue. Aroma was of oak, caramel,vanilla, malty, sweet, alcohol, and earthy. Flavour was malty, caramel, vinuous, vanilla, and sweet. Dangerously smooth, tasty beer. Too bad I only had the one.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (7807) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Eagan, Mn. - Cellars Wines and Spirits, 12 oz bottle. Medium copper pour with a slight white head. Alcohol dominant aroma with some bourbon accents. Strong malt accented flavor with lots of bourbon accents. Kind of hard to get through to the actual flavor and essence of this beer. Some nuttiness and toffee comes through but in my opinion it misses the mark. Rich mouthfeel to say the least.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (8019) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2009
12-oz. Pours a nearly opaque blackish ebony. Thin but fairly dense creamy tannish head that doesnt stick around long at all. Light carb, heavy body. Cola and spice nose. A little thick and sticky drinkin. More cola, spice, and some cookie dough form the mid-palate. Decent effort. Kinda makes me thirsty for an Adam though.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2009
I also finally got around to buying this. Pours amber with a thin off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, some booze, raisins?, and caramel. Good flavor, thick with the malt and booze sort of dominating. For an old ale I didnt imagine it would be 9.8%, but it is incredibly drinkable. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3237) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2009
Tap @ Glass Nickels pre-GTMW party - Ive always seen this 4-pack sitting on the shelves but always found something else to buy. Finally got it on tap and wasnt disappointed. Poured a deep amber with no head. Smells sweet, malty, and boozy. The glassware wasnt the best, so it was hard to get the aroma off this one. Taste was caramel, smooth malt, and raisins. Sweet and syrupy, just like Id expect. I think Ill finally pick up that 4-pack for the cellar.


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