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RATINGS: 1785   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (4284) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 17, 2009
Pour is a dark copper with a small milky tan head. Aroma is malts and not realy thing else. Flavor has some oak and vanilla with a bit of wood smoke and a healthy dose of alcohol. This is deffinatly something different and worth a try. This would be an excelent slow sipper on cold nights as its almost a stong liquor.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Floaty particulate laded hazy orangish amber concoction with an off white head. Aroma of alcohol, toffee, mild citrus, malt, yeast, caramel, tannins and mild paint thinner. Taste of alcohol, toffee, caramel, brown sugar and tannins with butter notes to boot. Alcohol warming kick in at the end.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JUN 14, 2009
12oz brown bottle served in a snifter. Poured a clear reddish copper with a finger of off white head. Big complex aroma of malt, oak, and some hops. Full bodied and rich. Flavors of chocolate and vanilla from the oak. A bit hoppier than an British style old ale. Long finish with more oak and chocolate. A big, rich flavored beer with a lot of different flavors going on. Nice!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2647) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2009
malt wine it is aromatic complex enough and tastes old with a raisin flavor and full body. bready and sugarcane sweet there is vanilla in evidence. a bit of a wood flavor note the brew has a good alcohol presence and is certainly what one would look for when interested in a brew of this style. quite good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Found it much more tame than I anticipated, very good beer that just didnt captivate my attention like it should at the price it goes for. Amber brown body with a small vanishing head and little to no lacing. Raisin, bread, rich toffee, and red wine were found in the aroma. Medium bodied, sweet with a boozy finish. Flavor is a little more robust than the aroma. Plums, raisins, wheat toast and thick port wine. I found a slight hint of cocoa in the aftertaste along with a pleasant woody effect. Alright ale, but nothing exceptional.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
islay (2533) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Sweet, chalky, clean, yeasty aroma features yellow raisin, brownie, carob, fudge, and Tootsie Roll scents. Pours an effervescent copper that is mostly clear despite some suspended particulate. Small to moderate amount of cream-colored head. Solid lacing. Flavors of sweet, dark fruit, cookie, biscuit, nut, and apricot. Starts malty sweet but finishes with a citrus-hoppy tang. Hoppier than I thought it would be. Medium to full body. Oily and lively in the palate. A solid if not particularly outstanding barley wine. The alcohol content and American hops make it clear that this is indeed much more a barley wine than it is an old ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2016 Medium amber, slight chill haze, little head. Aroma is strongly of malt. Flavor is rich malt, caramel and toffee mixed together. Somehow the flavor works for me where the nose doesnt. Enjoyable sipper. RERATE: Draft at Saison, many years after the initial sample. Poured medium clear amber here. Aroma was malt focused like my memory, by added a raisin note that I didnt recall. Flavor same as aroma. Bumping score up by 1 point for aroma, rest stays the same. Really good brew.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LilBeerDoctor (3873) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a cloudy orange. Aroma of sweet malt and vegetal notes. The flavor is equally gross (although slightly mellower) but still lots of sweet sticky malt and vegetation. Not my thing at all... 5/4/6/3/12 (3.0/5)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Tap. Pour is deep amber with a small caramel colored head. Aromas of caramel, bananna, huge burbon, vanilla, and candy. Flavor is malty with warming burbon, brown sugar, vanilla, and more candy. What a treat in a bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2009
12oz. Bottle. My 100th rating. Has a dark mahogany appearance with a thin lacing white head. Pungent nose with aged wood, bourbon and sugary fruits. Flavor is dominated by heavy doses of malt and caramel. Malt flavors manifest themselves as dark fruit, vanilla and sugarcane. Carbonation is low which lends a vintage character to the beer. Has the texture of slightly watered down maple syrup which is great because its thick, but not like drinking malt extract. Has a tiny Bourbon kick on the finish and leaves a short sugar coating on the tongue. Maybe still a bit hot at the moment, but cant wait to see what it tastes like after a year or so.


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