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RATINGS: 1768   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bubbleflubber (2197) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2016
This pours the deepest amber-mahogany into the glass, with a fully diminished head that leaves little to trace lacing. There is vanilla bourbon to the nose, alongside woody oak, dark stone fruits, toffee and caramel chews. Flavors showcase the oaked bourbon aspect, with vanilla, toffee, Candi sugar, caramel, plums, licorice, unsalted crackers and light diacetyl notes, finishing with a burning alcoholic woody bitter. The full body is oily on the palate, has a chewy mouthfeel, and is slick down the gullet. This acts like an old ale, feels like an old ale, and presents/represents fully as an old ale. Great example of the style from one of Americas most respected breweries. Kudos!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vadie (1253) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2016
Couleur du cuivre foncer, presque rouge, avec trs peu de mousse mais les trs belles dentelles. Larme est borde du malt, avec du caramel, sucre brun, mlasse, un peu de chne et presque pas dhoublon. En bouche cest encore trs malt. Dabord il y a du caramel, mlasse et sucre brun, cest un peu sucr et un peu lourde sur la palate, mais le malt puissant est accompagner presque toute de suite par une bonne amertume. Cest trs prs dun barleywine mais plus buvable. Avec le montant dhoublon ca irait bien vieillie en cave.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kingaugusta (259) - Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2016
Pours a hazy gold amber with a lingering off white head. Nose is restrained and a little sweet with a bit of oak. The barrel aging dominates the front with complex lighter flavors coming out on the backside. Alcohol is well-hidden. A little unremarkable but drinkable especially given the strength

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
nerdboy19 (171) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - MAR 20, 2016
Appear : Clear ruby-amber color with foamy head. - 4 Aroma : Grainy malt aroma and woody-oak aroma. - 7 Mouthfeel : Medium carbonate, medium body, creamy. - 4 Taste : Bitter, sweet, soft woody, a little bit of booze underneth. - 6 Overall : Dont get what this beer is. - 10

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatehunter (2413) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2016
One finger of head on a dark straw body. Aroma is spices, molasses, oak and lemon. Taste is dark fruit sweet, a bit of dry wood, and a mild dry bitter finish. Texture is thicker. Nice flavor.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewtalita (292) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 29, 2016
Deep amber, hazy. Low beige head. Aroma toffee, candi sugar, butter biscuit, oak chips and rum cask. Palate medium, low carbonation. Pleasant and warming finish. Taste herbal notes, toffee, molasses, milk chocolate and vanilla. Wonder-fucking-ful! Complex and original beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13916) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle 2010 vintage poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of toffee, fruitiness, sherry, spice and light caramel. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, sherry and dried fruit with a smooth lingering sherry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerheart65 (1499) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 3, 2016
Murky mahogany, no head just thin film of foggy remains of one. Sweet surypy malt, bit ash, bubblegum, mildly caramel, dried dark fruits, alcohol mostly hidden. Chewy, soft feel, low carbonation, full thick body, malty medium long finish with mixed sweet notes, vanilla, mocca. Nicely balanced, good warm thick feel and lively nuanced finish. Tasty winter warmer.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoshRaburn (110) - - JAN 26, 2016
Very rich and sweet. Honey on the nose. Much more malty than hopyy overall. Nice deep clear amber colour. Interesting to drink this next to Lagunitas Brown sugga: similar maltiness and IBU level, but totally different hoppiniess perception, this one more pure bitterness and flavour, lesss aroma and pine etc.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ketchepillar (1189) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 21, 2016
Bottle purchased a couple years ago I reckon. Pours nice amber/red. Aroma is sugary sweet and toffee. Flavor is about the same. Some piny hops in the finish actually. Maybe a bit more than Id prefer.


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