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RATINGS: 1817   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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3.4
Christian (13927) - 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 (21511) - 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 (16544) - 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.

3.9
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Dark pour with a small dense head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, nuts, toffee, and brown sugar. Flavor is similar, very sweet, sticky, dark rich fruit and chocolate and molasses.

3.4
joeneugs (6372) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Thanks to ucusty for this one. Pours muddy orange with lots of sediment. it has a small disappearing orange head. Caramel and toffee in the aroma along with orange, plum, and raisins. The flavor is thick, sweet and alcoholic. Caramel, toffee, orange, and plum make for a pretty sweet and syrupy beer.

2.8
obguthr (6829) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Well oaked aroma of whiskey, with marzipan underneath. Cloudy rust colored, full of floaties, completely headless. Flavor is dominated by bourbon, but dates and candied peaches emerge at midpalate. It is a bit like Southern Comfort (one of the few liquors I can stand) but more bitter and woody. Warm, bitter, dry finish. Medium to full bodied. If I liked bourbon more, this would be rated much higher as it seems to be a well crafted and complex beer.

3.8
WVHouseofBeer (1108) - West Virginia, USA - SEP 16, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2009 Poured light copper with some white head. Nice sweet caramel malty taste balanced with some hop flavor. Aroma is similarly sweet and malty.

2.4
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 16, 2009
In short: A alcoholised dessert cake in a bottle. Boring sipper.
How: Bottle 12oz. Many times. Usually a few months old.
The look: Cloudy orange-copper body toped by a small off-white head.
In long: Nose is boozy (higher alcohols feel) and sweet. Taste is toasted raisin bread, cake, figs, brown sugar, sticky caramel. The beer is excessively sweet, annoyingly so. No hops presence which is not surprising given the style. Alcohol is very present and feels even more than the 9.8%. To make a long story short I’ll say that this beer tastes list a rum baba. Yet another sweet boozy beer getting good reviews that “I don’t get”. I guess I will always be different ratebeerian. Like most I drink too much but my days are lettered.

4.5
njmoons (59) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Poured a golden red, with a nice head that dissipated slowly. An exceptional looking beer. Smell of quality Ale yeast with apple, dark cherry notes and a hint of vanilla. Taste was just what i am looking for in an Old Ale, malty ale with hints of dark cherry and apple. These flavors are present at the start remain through the middle of the sip. The ale finishes with a light alcohol burn and a typically ale tartness. I found this highly drinkable for a high alcohol beer, and could have easily had a second.


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