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RATINGS: 1800   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
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.

4.3
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.

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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.

3.5
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
rader58 (908) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - SEP 19, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours opaque amber. Aroma of caramel, alfalfa, raisin, salty ocean breeze, molasses, wood. Flavor is caramel, molasses, raisin, bread, peat. Strong maltiness with a caramel/brown sugar sweetness.

4.2
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Aroma’s 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.

4
darbeer75 (904) - 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
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.

3.3
robertjm (892) - Albany, California, USA - APR 25, 2012
(trade w/changeup45) - Minimal foam after slight pfft opening bottle. Murky muddy dark brown body. Aroma of cocoa powder and raisins. Very sweet. Raisins and figs. Mouthfeel has a texturre like there’s something in it like cocoa. Slight alcoholic aftertaste. Hope to have this on draft someday to see how it tastes fresh.

4.1
Marstonlad (891) - 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.


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