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RATINGS: 1800   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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Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2017
12 oz bottle- Pours hazy dark orange with a medium light tan head that retains. Aroma is vanilla, toffee, touch of oak. The taste is similar, oak, toffee, vanilla, raisins, dry bittering from a fair amount of hops. Solid beer, doesn’t taste like almost 10% alcohol.

3.9
willisread (3350) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 31, 2017
Bottle from January, 2016. Pours a clear copper with a finger of foam that lingers. Malty, bread-like nose with some faint pine. Some citrus and pine on the palate with a splash of molasses. Deep toffee, maple w/ a nice piney bitter finish. Really nice.

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poisoneddwarf (2511) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - MAR 31, 2017
12 oz bottle, thanks brenn79. Aroma consists of vanilla, cinnamon, wet dog, vague fruitiness (apples?). Pours slightly hazy burnt orange with a one finger beige head that falls into a collar of big-bubbly foam fairly quick. Taste is lightly sweet and spicy with a bitter finish; flavors of the aroma with a touch of menthol/cough drop, a hint of wood. Has a somewhat lackluster aroma, but it has a really nice and unique flavor.

3.8
RedSox2004 (1897) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 25, 2017
Amber/brown with a thick haze, smallish head with good retention and spotty lace. Aromas of molasses, brown sugar, caramel, maple, oak, vanilla and alcohol. Caramel, molasses and brown sugar sweetness dominate the flavor profile that includes a hint of earth and generous warming alcohol. Full body, minimal carbonation, viscous mouthfeel and a thick caramel/syrupy finish.

3.3
ffaoe (795) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2017
light malt aroma. red and clear in color with nice log lasting head. taste is initially richly of malt followed by oak flavor

3.5
demannu (451) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2017
Medium/full body. Taste is sweet with a ton of malt character up front. Alcohol is hidden well making this very drinkable for the abv. This brew just doesnt do it for me. Too malty.

3.8
Jokestereo (363) - SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2017
Pour pitch dark copper with almost no head.Aroma; Molasses, dark dried fruits, caramel, brown sugar, raisins and minerals. Taste; Brown sugar. Caramel, dark dried fruits, brown sugar, raisin and malt.

3.8
Palme (4811) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2017
On tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. This is a clear deep dark almost glowing orange one with a small islandy and sidesticking beige top. On the nose I get some wood, oak, a little bit of alcohol, a nice pleasant sweetness and something light spicy. The spice quite evolves and opens up after a while in the glass! Not extreme, but still really nice smelling. Lots of flavor! Well bitter with both nuts, licorice and grass. The alcohol is a bit to obvious in this, perhaps. Doesn’t feel correctly balanced in a way. It gets more vivid after a while in the glass, leaving my mouth light wood dry with a warming aftertaste. Can safely say that this is grew on me, and I wouldn’t mind a second go where I have some more time. 04.05.2013

3.8
Chalumeaux (1555) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2017
Poured from tap at Tuckaway nice copper color with a thin tan head. Aromas of caramel fruit hop dark fruit and brown sugar. Taste is sweet caramel fruit alcohol.

3.7
Lubiere (13915) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2017
A reddish copper ale with very thin off white head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with nice vinous character, light surranated hops, dark fruits and toffee. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity caramel malt with light grassy hops, resinous and piney notes, faint butterscotch, loads of alcohol warmth, light coconut and chocolate, interesting. Bottled 04/09/11, so 5 years old.


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