RATINGS: 1786   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours golden amber with a medium fluffy off-white head that laces the glass nicely. Aroma and flavor of sweet malt with bread, caramel, and vanilla. Also has some dried fruit flavor (raisons, apricots, and pears) and a barrel-aged quality. Texture is a little too syrupy, but overall this is a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (7154) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Bottle Pours out a cloudy rust/amber topped with a small head. Aroma very nice sweetness lots of caramell. A little hop. Tast lots of the sweetness very nice. A good rich malt and some vanilla. Thanks Puddintane

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekhna (118) - California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Boozy, sweet carmel toffee, some oak whisky and maybe a bit of butterscotch diactyl? Not sure its a bad thing in this instance, but threw me. Not sure what to make of this beer, but its most similar to a barleywine. Thats all I can think of to compare it. Not much head, very little body, but a sticky feel on the tongue. Interesting, but might not buy again. Id like to rate it higher, Im just thrown by this. Very unique, and good in its own right. My impression of it I think is higher than my rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerapprentice (208) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2009
12 oz bottle courtesy of The Adrian. Pours a hazy caramel-orange colour with a thin, quickly disappearing beige head. Hop particles can be seen floating throughout. Aroma of butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, hops and malts. Flavour is same as the aroma but with the addition of a strong alcohol presence. Not as sweet as the aroma would lead one to believe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3513) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Bottle - thanks sigma23. Pours a hazy brownish-orange with a large, creamy beige head. Aroma is sweet with faded hops and florals. Some caramel too. Tastes sweet, yet balanced in faded hops and creamy caramel maltiness. A hint of butterscotch, perhaps? Even has a little bit of bourbon presence. Very smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerwolf77 (42) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2009
This isnt my favorite style of beer but its a nice representation of the style. It has a nice caramel slightly fruity flavor. Its sweet and bitter at the same time. The alcohol is very present. This is a sipper for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2009
Pours a rich, beautiful dark amber with a tightly knit tan head. The head is reasonable persistent, but does start to dissipate. Nicely developing Belgian lace. Rich, winy nose, with hints of cognac. Caramel, toffee, sherry, and dried fruits. Very moderate, but noticeable, hoppiness, with lingering caramel and malt notes on the palate. The roof of the mouth gets a sense of the level of alcohol, however, the alcohol level is not fully evident. Thus "caveat bibor" is appropriate. This is not a session beer or a vorspiel beer. Medium body with a sweet, long lingering. This is a multidimensional old ale. If I had the patience and cellar, I would attempt to age the Old Curmudgeon a few years to see how it develops. It should age well. A great ale to accompany hearty food and BBQ. The richness and residual sweetness would also work well with spicy food.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2010 Amber brown pour with a thin white head. The nose is sweet and fruity. There is a distinct herbal/tobaccoish hoppiness that is quite interesting. Some dried plums and a bit of light cherry esters as well. Its sweet and sticky but plenty hoppy as well. Earthy bitterness and a bit of heavily caramelized wort. Sticky and resiny hoppiness that is quite lovely in here. Very assertively hopped. Id love to see it again with a few years on it, but its quite nice even young. Amber brown, thick oily pour with a light lacy head. Aroma is unusual. Deeply malty with a lightly peppery nose. Lightly musty character as well. Lots of rich sweet vanilla, orange peel and a little bit of light dried fruit. Thick, unctuous mouthfeel. There is a little bit of light syrupy sweetness, toffee and even a little bit of cotton candy. Quite sticky and not all that boozy. There is a faint backnote that is hard to describe (perhaps slightly vegetal) that Im not a fan of. Pretty assertive, earthy bitterness. 7 3 7 3 13

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2009
On tap at founders. Cloudy dark copper with medium, creamy beige head. Aroma is fresh hops, citrus, pine, dough, alc, sweet grapefruit. Flavor is sweeter dough malt, resiny and hot bitterness, a not too overwhelming alc presence, citrus and pine, mmmm. Medium to full and very creamy. Pretty extreme but outstanding at the same time like sucking on a bloodorange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Block (2576) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Pours a red-brown with a white head. Tons of particulates and yeast floating around. Aroma of caramel malts, yeast and alcohol. Alcohol is present throughout and somewhat balanced by woody and caramel flavors.

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