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RATINGS: 1785   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
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2014
12oz bottle. The pour was a murky caramel brown with a slight reddish hue and an average (1-2 fingers) off white creamy head that was mostly lasting, reducing to a puddled film and medium collar with excellent sheets of sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted biscuit malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, dark fruit (raisons & cherries), oak cask and a little above mild scent of alcohol.

The taste was malty sweet with a decent touch of caramel and toffee early on, and then progressed with a mild yeast presence, a touch of molasses, a light fruitiness, a hint of oak with a sweet alcohol finish. The flavor lasted an average duration after the swallow, with the malty sweetness and a slight alcohol warming left to linger on the taste buds a bit longer.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and syrupy in texture with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall what is there to be said but ’This brewer does it again". This is a really good brew, with a great balance and awesome taste... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews

3.7
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - APR 19, 2009
Thanks go out to a couple of BA’s who sent me one of these. Bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth of white head that settled down to a sparse lace. The color of the brew was a cloudy almost Macintosh apple red. This brew sat in the closet for a while so I am getting some bourbon whisky like aromas coming from the glass. Some vanilla and a little barleywine note as well The flavors are strong malts and candy sugar but the alcohol flavors keep the sweetness in check. This brew is thick and smooth in the mouth. I was in the mood for a strong brew tonight but one is enough in one sitting. A likable Old Ale I will defiantly revisit this one

4
Jado (798) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2014
From 345 ml bottle. Pours a clear brick red with some orange highlights and a creamy off-white head. Aromas of soft fruit (fresh pear, apple), flowers, raisins and caramel. Taste is sweet malt and caramel at first before a light almost peppery bitterness creeps in. Some slightly hot alcohol emerges as well. Lingering fruity and spicy finish. Excellent example of the style.

3.8
TizzleJizzle (792) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2015
On tap at the Big Texas Beer Fest. Poured a hazy dark amber with a cream head. Taste of caramel malts, biscuit, slight oak, with a boozy finish. Lively carbonation, full molasses body. Final thoughts: My Grandpa was a curmudgeon too...crusty old bastard

3.9
sthlm (790) - Blank, Alabama, USA - NOV 26, 2007
[Bottle, thanks Brewfiend] Pours cloudy amber with no head. Aroma is very strong of bourbon. Taste is once again a lot of bourbon with some malt and something else that I can’t place. Medium mouthfeel. Long finish. The bourbon was pretty dominant--maybe could stand to cut back on it a bit, but it still was pretty good.

4
__Rb81 (789) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle at home (bottled 04/13/12). Pours a hazy amber with no head. Sweet aroma of honey, fruit, and some alcohol, bit bourbonny. Also quite a sweet taste with a warming alcohol feel. Bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Really nice (dessert) beer.

3.8
bjakk (789) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - APR 26, 2016
Redbronze, clear, with yellow coarse foam. Malt, molassis, and alcohol in the aroma. Malt, caramel, alcohol, raisins, with alcoholic aftertaste.

3.7
maledictum (789) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - SEP 22, 2011
A strong aroma of caramel malt with hints of vanilla and oak greet the nose. The pour is a deep brown with reddish hues. There is no head. The flavor starts off with a caramel sweetness that grows with the flavors of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. An alcohol warming quality is noticible in the finish.

3.9
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2012
The beer pours an amber color with an off-white head. The aroma has a lot of caramel and dark fruit notes, as well as a good dose of alcohol. The flavor is similar. The caramel malt is pretty strong and provides a decent amount of sweetness. It is accompanied by some dark fruit and dark cherry notes, as well as some tobacco and alcohol. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.8
Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Bottle pours ruby orange with whitish head. Malty aroma with hints of fruit. Sweet taste with caramel, malts, fruits, kind of a candi sugar taste at times. Finish prolonged with dull hop bitterness but just mild enough to avoid becoming unpleasant. Alcohol well disguised. palate thick and at times a little syrupy and sticky. Overall a very nice barleywine/old ale.


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