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RATINGS: 1778   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
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours a hazy mhogany color with a small tan colored head. Aroma is bourbon, oak, caramel, tofee. Flavor is bourbon, oak, dark dried fruits, caramel, toffee. Palate is full bodied, mild carbonation, finishe sweet and boozey! Awesome stuff, I find this to be way more balanced than the Backwoods.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalekliz (917) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish-amber with a small white head. Sticky sweet aroma, of malt, candied citrus, brown sugar, wood. Taste is very sweet, of malt, brown sugar, candied fruit, herbs. Lingering sticky sweetness. Tasty, but very sweet.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 18, 2010
09 vintage, slightly hazy crimson hued pour. aroma of sweet caramel, butter, scotch, butterscotch, oak, bourbonyness. the taste is sweet, hot and spicy, the barrel shows up more, very warm, thick and sweet. nice smooth body for the abv, just a touch of proper warming heat, a nice butterscotch sundae aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bp (913) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Bottle: pours a dark brown with a thick white head, aroma is strong on the alcohol maybe there is some caramel under that but it is pretty overpowering, taste is malty, burnt toffee, slightly sweet and no signs of the alcohol other then a little bit of a warm feeling in the back of the throat, fairly full moutfeel as well. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Had the bottle in my fridge for a good while. Poured small, smooth tan head that mostly diminished, no lacing, minimal carbonation, semi-transparent, and an orange brown hue. Aroma was of oak, caramel,vanilla, malty, sweet, alcohol, and earthy. Flavour was malty, caramel, vinuous, vanilla, and sweet. Dangerously smooth, tasty beer. Too bad I only had the one.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aleigator (912) - GERMANY - SEP 26, 2014
Pours a decent bubbly head, with an amber, rubinred color. Aromas of caramel malts with a lot of toffee and a small raisin infusion, while cane sugar and molasse build the foundation with hints of vanilla and rum on top. Begins sweet, with bready hints, which get swallowed by even sweeter sugar and molasse. These stay in balance with wooden, leathery, heavy malts, wrapped up by a slick bitterness. Has an oily, spicy maltiness to it, with vanilla and cream underneath, which defines the character of this brew. It is still pretty sweet on the palate, but without loosing its balance, as it finishes with a gentle, hoppy bitterness of matured hops and oaky hints. The alcohol gets perfectly hidden by the sweet malts, creating a smooth mouthfeel with a slick finish, while being medium-bodied.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hanoi (911) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle. Nose is rich molasses, brown sugar, marzipan, slight brandy. Taste is rich, vanilla, brandy butter, brown sugar, booze, leading to dry leather and oak, some dark chocolate and earth then an oily pine finish. MOuthfeel is slick. An outstanding beer that is maybe just a touch to bitter in the finish for my personal preference.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Thanks bro! Pours a ruby color with lots of particulate and a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a few streaks of lacing. Aroma is caramel, butterscotch, dough, some alcohol, and dark fruits. Taste is thick, caramel malts, raisins, and figs. Finishes with a bit of alcohol burn.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Aromas of sweet malt and a slight alcohol.Pours a murky brown with a reddish tint.Get some sweet malts in the flavor.Full mouthfeel with a nice alcohol finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Pours a hazy mahogany with a thin creamy off white head. Aroma is small cramel malt. Flavor is small lighty roasted malts with a note of bourbon on the finish. Rather thin in the body. A pretty decent brew but a little one dimensional.


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