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RATINGS: 1767   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theprof (626) - Nottingham, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2016
Bottle. Aroma rich caramel, vanilla oak and spiced dark fruits. A potent beginning for a dark amber ale with thin broken lace top. The taste is perilously close to barley wine in my view. Densely dark sugared and fruit packed. A fruitcake in a glass but wonderfully smooth. I suspect its an ale that is drunk solo and not simply because of its 9.8% kick. Theres a lot left on the palate un terms of malty complexity. It is getting a high rating from me but also a health warning. Probably the best thing to come out of Grand Rapids since MSUs first class.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Humlehode (622) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
Pours dark brown, small head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, some coffee. Sweet with quite high bitterness. A lot of oak. Overall a good beer but the oak becomes a bit overpowering after a while. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
gringo332 (621) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Pours dark orange with a small head. Aroma is rich caramel, molasses and raisin. Taste has raisin to start with a strong woody molasses and alcohol finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Interesting red amber, even orange and brown, ok hard to describe the color. Every whiff brings something else. Maybe like smelling a warm piece of fruit cake. The flavor was better than I remember of any fruitcake. Deep, spicy, drinkable flavor, with all the flavors of a fruitcake as it was meant to be.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Poured from a 12oz bottle from Manny57. Pours an orange/amber color with white head. Aroma is toffee and pineapple? Taste is sweet but balanced with a nice bitterness in the end.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CpyNPrnT (616) - Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2015
Aroma of fig, raisin, other dark fruits, yeasty, taste is more dark fruits, molasses, yeasty, very thick on the palate, moderate alcohol, pretty good!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niksko (615) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2015
Pours a dark amber brown, with a fluffy white head. Nose is oaky, molasses, musty, caramel. Flavor is lots of oak, molasses, caramel, toffee, a little citrus, plum. Sweet and almost ashy smoky finish. Medium to heavy body. Rich and warming, lovely oaky sweet flavor. Really nice.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LuckyDog (615) - - SEP 10, 2014
Great creamy head. Slight alcohol flavor. Some caramel notes. Not much hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2012
A clear reddish beer with a small white head. The aroma is clean grain and sweet malt with toffee. The flavor is quite sweet, toffee and candy with a slight chocolate taste. Good body and the alcohol is not overwhelming.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tinco (614) - Linkping, SWEDEN - SEP 19, 2012
Deep amber slightly hazy with almost no head. Slight foam on the side of the glas. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, some raisins, (My nose is on vacation today...have a cold...). Sweet caramel malt, raisins, alcohol, a nice bitterness at the back of the palate. Not too complex but a solid beer!


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