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RATINGS: 1783   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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2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
LetsGoState (868) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Appearance is small white head with hazy orange color. Aroma is sweet with some of that oak aging. Taste is spice with sweet malt with hints of the oak aging. Overall pretty good, but not great.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2007
Pours a dark brown with a rusty red hue to it and not much of a head. Huge aroma of oak, vanilla, bourbon, and caramel. Flavor was sweet and very flavorful. I got a little of the smokiness, oak, bourbon, and not much alcohol except for a slight burn that resembled bitterness. Pretty solid, and how did I never buy this when it was first released??

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 1/10/2011. Served on tap in a taster glass at the Haymarket Founders event. Curmudgeon has a dark cherry color, existing between hazy and transparent. An off-white head fades to a ring but leaves layers of lace. Brandy and ethyl alcohol kick me in the nose, with an earthy covering to the sweet dark fruit and malt aromas. Sweet brandy, caramel malt, and some dark fruits open up the flavor. Figs, raisins, and plums. Sweet all the way through. Some light earthy flavors slowly coat the tongue, adding some depth and complexity. This definitely gets better as it warms. The mouthfeel is smooth, brandy-like, with light to medium carbonation. Sticky, with a fuller than medium body. A fun and complex beer. Sweet, with lots of bite, so I am not sure I could drink this all night.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Thanks to dmac for this 12oz bottle. Aromas of molasses, vanilla with some flavors of malt, alcohol, and some caramel sweetness. Very good on a cold rainy wintery day in San Diego. Paired this with my homemade clam chowder.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Poured a very dark brown with a very thin head. Nose is sweet malt and some faint dark fruit. Tatse is very nutty, malty and surprisingly sweet. Drinkable and very enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JAN 7, 2009
12oz. bottle, with thanks to alexsdad06 for the great bonus. Pours a iced tea color with a thin off-white head, moderate retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, dark fruits, caramel, toffee and honey. Flavor is malty, with more caramel, toffee, and candied dark fruits. Enjoyable enough, but everything just didn’t quite seem to come together as well as it could for some reason. Thanks again Brad!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2013
12 oz bottle, Andersons. Red-copper pour, diminutive tan head dissipates into nothing and cannot be easily revived. Aroma is weaker than expected; peppery spicy, wood, brown sugar candy, booze. Flavor really heavy on the malt; oak is more evident here; light vanilla and caramel; blatant alcohol warmth but no astringency and probably could pass for a lesser 7% beer. Nothing here blows me away but this is well done.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kosmokrator (849) - ITALY - NOV 22, 2015
Alla spina. Limpido color mogano-rossiccio con un pannoso velo di schiuma beige. Avvolgente al naso con sentori di caramello, mou, frutta sciroppata e un tocco quasi legnoso; gusto dolce, rotondo, liquoroso con note che richiamano gli aromi e che persistono a lungo. Corposa, cremosa e fantastica!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marstonlad (849) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. Pours rusty copper with a little white head. The aroma features dried fruitiness, sweet caramel maltiness and a touch of spiciness fairly rich all in all. Taste offers plenty of variety as well: caramel malt sweetness features initially with dry fruity elements such as fig and raisin, later a subtle hoppy touch rises and adds color to the drying finish. Also some lingering oak and vanilla appear, validating the label "old" in the style category. Excellent taste both in depth and balance. The palate is medium to full bodied, soft in carbonation. A great beer in all respects.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bierridder_S (844) - BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2015
12/08/2015 - 33cl bottle @Erwins platform on the Schelde. Thanks for sharing. Great evening Hazy brown, lots of particles, little head. Fruity, some wood, caramel. Taste is softer than dirty bastard but mouthfeel is nicer, a bit thicker. Some wood notes, vanilla, a bit port.


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