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RATINGS: 1802   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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3.2
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Pours a light, milk chocolate brown with a mid sized off white head. Big, rich nose. Sweet, with a definite hit of alcohol. Heavy bourbon on the nose. Thick, heavy on the alcohol. Wood tannins. Sweet toffee and vanilla. A lot, almost too much going on. This has to be the bourbon aged. I really don’t like it as well as what I tried on draft in the past.

3.6
caesar (7170) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2009
Bottled. Clear brown color, medium head. Aroma of caramel malt, some hop, slight pine. Quite bitter taste, some caramel.

3.7
Pinball (12248) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2009
UPDATED: APR 20, 2016 almost clear brown, thick yellow head. nutty berry aroma, also a bit barley wineish. flavor is sweet malty, strong, yeast, faint sweet fruity (close to banana), ends going more and more bitter. nice.[6,3,8,4,16]. re-rate 2016-04-20 bottle from kihoskh. clear orange amber, smooth white head. malty and bready aroma with some faint woody boozy notes. aroma is similar to a sweet oak aged barley wine. flavor is barley wine malty, with noticeable wood and bourbon, quite balanced, towards the end, the wood bitterness is quite massive.

3.5
BVery (11238) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2009
TAP: red/amber pour, nose of caramel and malt. Taste is caramel, malt, wood, and port. Tasty.

4.3
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2009
12 oz bottle from Princeton’s. Brown pour, thick foamy white head. Malty, barley aromas, some oak. Sweet, intense flavors... definitely can taste the heavy malt characteristics. Surprisingly very drinkable, nice smooth sweet finish. BIG beer with lots of great flavors going on.

3.3
faroeviking (11119) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - OCT 2, 2009
Botella. Bit unclear deep amber colour. Sweet caramel fruity bit chocolate aroma. Sweet caramel vinious bitter toasty malty flavour. Sweet vinious finish.

3.4
Christian (13804) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2009
Copper with a small white head. Aroma of sweet caramel with dried fruits, tangerine, vanilla and cinnamon. Sweet fruity and spicy flavour, with a hint of alcohol and a little bitterness. It has old ale qualities, but you’re never in doubt about theAmerican origin.

4.5
fiulijn (21022) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2009
UPDATED: APR 10, 2011 2010-07-12, 8-5-9-4-17=43
Hazy amber color; small head. The aroma is less interesting than the first time, the flavor is as rich as I remembered: sweet caramel and toffee, strong vanilla; without being thick, the sugars are sticky on the lips; and strong final bitterness, a bit woody.

2009-08-31, bottle at Monk’s Café, Wallingatan, 9-5-9-4-18=45
Red amber color; small creamy head. Extremely rich aroma, malt caramel and vanilla oak. Strong body, rich caramel and malt flavor, perfectioned by the vanilla and the hops. Truly enjoyable.

3.9
topherh (1929) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Pours brownish amber with a small off white head. Aroma is dark fruit, rich caramel malt, and sugar cookie. Flavor is oak, vanilla, caramel, with a light alcohol notes.

3.9
Dedollewaitor (16357) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2009
Bottle @ HJ Hansen, Odense. Pours dark amber with a small creamy white head and lacings. Nose is deep and complex. Very malty and sweet. Dark fruits, vinous, vanilla, chocolate and bourbon. Smooth, full, silky and sticky palate. Taste is vanilla, caramel, hops and dark fruits. Lovely combined and tasty stuff overall.


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