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96
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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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Two beers in a row where the consensus seems off by a few points. No head to speak of. Dark whatever color (not black or totally opaque). Aroma of mild, faint musty junkyard. Flavor very fruity something. Could be any number of fruits you could have fun guessing at with this one. Blueberry? Raspberry? Fig? Date? Plum? Very sweet in any case. Very smooth palate. Deserves some points for being interesting/distinctive. Technically it comes out at a 7/10 but Id give it a 7.5 on the subjective scale.

Back to back with Immort Ale or a similarly suitable barley wine, this will get you sufficiently lit.
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2008
12 oz. Mahogany colored pour with a thin and sticky yellowish head. Hugely malty aroma of caramel, toffee, honey, with oak and vanilla prevalent also. Spiced backdrop, apple pie, faint resiny hops. I think they could have called this a scotch ale just as easily as an old ale. The flavor isn’t as nice as the aroma - woody, vanilla, caramel. Alcohol is very well hidden, long bitter and burnt sugar like finish. Barely there sweetness. Seltzer like bubbles, medium bodied. Really close to being excellent, but still very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2010
2009 bottle, courtesy of drowland, pours a deep amber, deep and malt,sweet, little to no hops. Very nice.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Poured a murky brown topped by a film but no head. Aroma was of watered down bourbon with some sweetness and dark fruits. First taste was WTF is this. Tastes like a mid quality strong ale with a shot of scotch tossed in. I loathe scotch and that killed it right there. It faded as it warmed. Ill have to try one at room temp and see if it still sucks.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Poured a hazy, muddy orange color with lots of sediment (no matter how much I tried to minimize this) with no head to speak of. Aroma is bourbon. Period. Flavor is dominated by bourbon, but dark fruit and peaches emerge along with some woodiness. Warm, bitter, dry finish. A well crafted and complex beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lothore (644) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
A- Pours a deep, amber with a 1.5 finger, eggshell head that fades fairly quickly. S- Smell is very malty, with a deep piney hoppiness that reminds me of bigfoot. T- Taste is very malty, caramel, with too much hop influence throughout the middle. M- Thick with a bit too much carbonation. D- I wasnt too impressed by this one. Not bad but it just didnt have that raisin and fig influence that I love in old ales.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kingi (643) - - AUG 11, 2016
Muddy brown, tan head. Aroma has a bit of alcohol, raisin, caramel, bread. Taste is medium sweetness, lightly bitter, alcohol. Finish is mostly alcohol warmth.medium body, sticky, average carbonation. Maybe just not my style. Alcohol feel ruins the otherwise pleasant notes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrana (640) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - SEP 21, 2015
Slightly sweet with some piney bitterness to balance it out. Has some really nice caramel flavors, molasses, maple syrup, and some slight dark fruit. Not overly sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garlic_of_Doom (639) - SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours amber with a tiny off white head. Aroma is very malty, sweet and with some marzipan and syrup as well. Taste is a hefty malt bomb with sweetness and some raisins/figs, at the end theres chocolate and slight alcohol. Very well balanced. Mouth feel is sticky. After taste is quite dry and bitter hoppy.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Berard (639) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours brown with thin white head that dissipates. Sweet cherry aroma over light carbonation. Sweet fruit flavors in the malt. A bit too boozy for my taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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