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RATINGS: 1774   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HomeBrew_Man (10) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 4, 2012
This is not one of my go to styles, but if more of them were done like this it might be! The 10% ABV is hidden way too well. Very, very tasty.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (4398) - 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. Doesnt 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 wouldnt mind a second go where I have some more time. 04.05.2013

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalumeaux (1323) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13271) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Inbreak (5125) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2017
12.02.2017, 12 oz bottle @ home:
Nice slightly bubbly-creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet fruity, raisins, dark sugar, grass, minerals, alcohol, oak, fruit stones, dried fruits, caramel malts, bark. Taste is slightly dry mineraly, weeds, fruit stones, alcohol, grass, raisins, "knekk", oak, bark, minerals, burnt caramel, dried fruits, toast. Medium to longlasting bitterness, dry mineraly mouthfeel. Fair enough.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
musinj6 (505) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 2, 2017
2017- Brown, dank, muddy with thin head and modest lacing. In other words, perfect for what you think an old fart would be drinking. Very malt forward nose with caramel, hint of clove and maybe most subtle ginger. Sweet up front moderately so, but turns moderately bitter, which also fades into a smooth finish. Medium to full body with soft carbonation. Long smooth bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mateuszk (2505) - Poznań, POLAND - JAN 30, 2017
Bottle. Malty sweet with lots of toasted notes, brown sugar, dried fruits. Medium to full body, slick and smooth texture. Light warming alcohol in finish. Tasty one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Korcz (2239) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 20, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Fajnie ukryty alkohol, sporo beczkowych tanin, brązowy cukier, owoce. Fajne.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CyborgX (90) - THAILAND - JAN 9, 2017
Bottle - aroma is quite sweet. It pours a lovely amber colour with a small white head. Taste is sweet and bitter. Strangely the combination is well balanced, and very drinkable. High alcohol is quite well hidden, just a slight warmth in the belly, and the finish is medium bitter. For me to say its drinkable with my aversion to bitter beers, it says a lot. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
surething_ii (102) - enkvice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 9, 2017
Bottle from Damin. Not an everyday beer for sure. Dark amber color with head copying color of body. Sweet, is it bourbon? aroma, persisting through whole experience. Taste is again sweet, malty and again very sweet, is this the bourbon? Im certainly not fan of bourbons but I would give this happily another try. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlazerT (841) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - JAN 2, 2017
Bottle. Sensoric. Brown, medium hazy with small, dirty white head. Poor head retantion and lacing. Aroma is heavily malty - mainly caramel, roasted, lightly hoppy with moderate spicy character, riped, tangy dark fruits, barrel notes are moderately noticeable. In second or third raw some kind of peaty character. Taste is nearly heavy sweet and moderately bitter - stable, long. Medium body, slick texture, average carbonation, finish is malty, spicy, densed. Summary: Nice brew. Rich in malts, spicy character empowered by some moderate hoppiness. Podsumowanie: Słodkie, przyprawowe, owocowe, sporo karmelu, melasy, pikantnych, suszonych owocw. Bez nadmiernej ulepkowatości. Beczka fajnie wyczuwalna, bez szału, ale nieźle komponuje się z całością. W tle trochę jakby klimaty lekko wędzone, co przypomina trochę scotch ale.


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