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RATINGS: 1799   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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3.8
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2008
A very fine barley-wine. Body was hazy and opaque and straw colored. Aroma was very malty with some fruitiness. Flavor was warming and mellow with some mild cereal-ness I didn’t care for, and a lot of body I did like. Mouthfeel was clean and dry. Had this on tap at Mike Roman’s pub in Bay View, WI.

3.9
fiveacestx (972) - Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2011
12 oz bottle - pours a hazy honey color with a thin tan head. Has a very nice syrupy aroma to it and a sweet toffee taste. Has a thick mouthfeel and a slight hoppy finish. Very smooth.

4.2
Hanoi (971) - 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.

3.9
zimbo (970) - SCOTLAND - DEC 23, 2013
Deep orange sparkle with a deep magnolia head which thins in time. Nice glossy whisps are left. Good biscuits nose with firm roast& restrained fudge. Nicely soft, chewy and morish.

3.5
DrunkSanta410 (969) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 3, 2014
Bottle from Maltitude. Poured into a glass, appearance is dark amber with little brown head. Aroma is sweet blend of malts, with notes of caramel, maple syrup and brown sugar. Smells nice. Taste is very malty, again caramel malts, hints of molasses or maple syrup, some roasty / toasted notes as well. Slight bitterness, but not a huge hop profile detectable. Easy to drink. High ABV is not noticeable. Palate has low carbonation, robust mouthfeel. Not bad, a little too sweet for my taste.

4
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a copper/amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of malt, caramel, vanilla, bitter fruit, and a very strong alcohol presence. Taste is malt, caramel, raisins, vanilla, all soaked in a nice woody bourbon flavor. Lingering caramel taste. Nice warming booze feel. Couple more of these brews and I’d wake up naked on the front lawn again. Surprisingly drinkable, despite the booziness. This is the perfect beer for a cold winter night or a bitter divorce.

3.8
BBHansen (962) - Køge, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2015
Draught @ Taphouse w the CEO. Appearance: pours slightly hazy amber with ok off-white soapy head and lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, toffee, oak, raisins, whisky and some dark fruits. palette: strong aroma, average carbonation, full body, average to distinct malt sweetness, average bitterness, medium to long duration and an oily texture. Overall: nice complex "strong" old ale

4.1
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Deep brown color, a little murky, briefly topped by an eight of an inch of tan foam. The head turns into a film in no time. Spotty lacing. Aroma of toffee malt, vanilla, and a hint of sherry. Interesting toffee and oak combination - on the sweet side. Vanilla comes in as well, also some brown sugar. Hops come in for balance in the finish. Oak, vanilla, and warming alcohol in the aftertaste - a nice booziness. Almost full body, softly but plentifully carbonated.

3.8
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Bottle Pours a good hazy amber with a small tan head. The head last fairly well for being thin. Lacing is good. Aroma is honey and a big presence of alcohol. Almost has a whiskey like aroma. Has a light carbonation. A good mouthfeel. The flavor is well blended and the alcohol aroma doen’t hold up the alcohol is well hidden. Has a full body. A real good finish and a good aftertaste. This is a good beer, a touch strong but a good beer.

3.5
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Bottle. Huge citrus and caramel apple aroma. Cloudy orange-amber body, small tan head. Flavor is caramel malt, pineapple, and spices. Alcohol is present also, especially in the finish which is distinctly like bourbon.


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