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RATINGS: 1795   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Hazy red brown with a sizzling whitish head. Tangy nose with some red wine and clear alcohol presence, touches of caramel, and some roasted malt notes. Quite sweet tasting, some nice smoky hints, a good dose of dry, nutty bitterness, and more vinous notes. A bit too effervescent, but after several years, that may dissipate, that bitterness settle down--should be very worthwhile as a cellar beer. Balance is reminiscent to me of young Hardys.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hanoi (934) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arone12 (928) - Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Pretty great taste. Malts, caramel and syrup. Nice aroma and color as well. Pretty hazy mahogany similar to a barleywine. I like it

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in a snifter. This beer poured a ruddy orangish brown hue with a thin head of light tan foam that lingered for a while. A small amount of lacing was left around the glass. The aroma consisted of toasted caramel, dried orange, apricot, and some earthy/herbal charateristics. Let this one warm up and breath a bit. The flavor was made up of toasted caramel, brown sugar, dried dark fruits, citrus, and just a hint of alcohol. Not sugary sweet, but big and balanced. The mouthfeel was heavy and full-bodied. Mild carbonation. Thick and lush, but not quite sticky. A very complex but smooth brew. A great sipper for the cooler months.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2012 This beer is solid fresh, but AMAZING with 2-3 years on it! Fresh it is a touch hot and unbalanced. Once it settles down a bit the blend of malts, booze and nicely faded hops makes for a very approachable sipper.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalekliz (922) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle pours hazed orange amber with not much head, perhaps some surface haze islands. The aroma is vanilla peach and plum malt. The flavor is very fruit focused, mainly plum wine, sweet, vanilla, rum, and some yeast to keep if from being cloying. The palate is pretty rich and filling. Overall, not bad as a border line English Barley Wine, but really sort of misses the point on Old Ale for me. Pretty intoxicating none the less.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bp (920) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
abcfan (920) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Hides the alcohol very well....dangerous! Pours cloudy orange with no head. Sweet caramel aroma, with a hint of malt. Taste is huge caramel notes with a touch of citrus hops. Finish is very sticky.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2015
Hazy brown pour. Aromas of leather, toffee, brown sugar and grapefruit. Flavours the same with a fading citrus and piney bitterness. Oak, lightly oxidized but good.


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