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RATINGS: 1802   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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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.

3.5
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.

2.6
bwa5879 (956) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Very cloudy carmel brown. Thin mist of white on top. Peaty oak essence overall. Bright citrus hop scents and syrupy molasses. Thick creamy mouthfeel, average carbonation, finish is similar to aftertaste of whiskey cocktail, kind of sour. Flavor is sour and bitter, perhaps like a pale ale with citrus hop flavor aged in oak barrels. Decent but nothing that blew me away. Very peaty, scotch-like.

3.6
PapaVillum (956) - Valby, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2015
40 cl på fad, 9,8 % ABV, nydt på Ørsted Ølbar, 23. juni 2015. Kastanjefarvet og ufiltreret amerikansk Old Ale med minimal offwhite skumtop på maksimalt 1/2 cm, som hurtigt svinder til kant og overflade. Ret ny og ukendt - for ut - aroma af bl.a. honning. Maltnuancer af forskellige brødtyper. Smagen er præget af bitterhed, men sødmen spiller også en ikke ubetydelig rolle. Solid krop med en pænt opskruet karbonering, et stykke over middel niveau, men det klæder den. Klæbrig konsistens. Afslutningen er bittersød på den bitre lækre måde, medium lang. En solid øl med en solidt bittert eftertryk.

4
darbeer75 (955) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Aroma: faintly sweet and malty; Appearance: clear, dark brown with minimal head; Taste: smoothly bitter with sweet finish; some molassas, some booziness, oaky; Palate: full body with creamy texture, average carbonation with some lacing; flavorful finish; Overall: very complex and balanced; can actually taste the oakiness; intriguing flavor - different than most ales; a little twang that I can’t place; would definitely buy again.

3.3
PartyFowle (954) - - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle. Cloudy crimson, topped with a dense layer of tan froth. Smooth yet light aroma -- maple, buttery vanilla, toffee, pancakes. The oak is more prominent and sharp in the flavor, as is a whiskey-like alcohol note. Maple is soft, as are French vanilla, fresh red apple and a late-arriving toasted bread note. Everything in here is subtle, creamily blended and very drinkable for its ABV. I kind of wish it was MORE substantial, actually.

3.9
Tognetta (951) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - AUG 28, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2016 Marrom turva, espuma de pouca formação, pouquíssima persistência. Aroma intenso maltado, caramelado, levemente defumado, alcoólico, uva passa. Paladar bastante próximo ao aroma, dulçor intenso, amargor de difícil percepção. Corpo licoroso, baixa carbonatação. Aftertaste maltado, alcoólico, dulçor persistente. Ótima para harmonizar com queijo !

3.7
aleigator (945) - 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.

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wiedrzensky (945) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 20, 2015
Shared bottle. Pours is dark hazy amber with small head that lasts only for a while. Aroma of caramel, malts, yeast, light biscuity. Solid malty base, light sweet, light bitter, caramel mouthfeel. Heavy body, oily to creamy texture, soft carbonation, light bitter finish. Nice aroma, superb taste, overally awesomely ballanced beer, recommended.

3.9
xmarcnolanx (940) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2009 Has a sweet, oaky aroma. Tastes primarily of oak with a sweet, slight caramel taste. Very well balanced with no noticeable heat. A good beer, but in no way a session beer both due to alcohol content and the overwhelming oakiness. Re rate 11.20.09 Aroma is citrus hoppy, caramel, a bit of alcohol, and butterscotch. Taste is bittersweet caramel, explosive citrus hoppiness, with a resinous melding of the two. Not extremely complex, but very well made. Finish is sweet, hot, and a bit cloying. Very good. 848416


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