RATINGS: 1768   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Pours a dark brown with small tan head. Aroma of malts, vanilla, and dried fruit. Flavor was malt driven with a smooth sweetness that was countered by a nice dry hop finish. A complex blend of flavor ranges from vanilla, plum, toffee and a slight alcohol warming that come together beautifully to make a fine brew. Very drinkable and very enjoyable. If you like barleywines, you have to have this ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lele (474) - Padova, ITALY - OCT 15, 2014
Birra particolare e spettacolare. Il colore gi una particolarit: color ruggine, manto di volpe, tendente allarancione. Schiuma fine, poco spessa e poco persistente, di color giallo/arancione molto chiaro. Nellaroma si percepiscono chiarissime note liquorose, barricate nonch di succo di melagrana e di frutti rossi, leggermente aciduli. In bocca un capolavoro. Il liquore barricato ci che prevale: Porto, Grand Marnier, whiskey si sentono chiaramente. Il dolce del maltato predominante, ma alla fine del sorso si avvertono anche leggere note amaricanti e un leggerissimo salato, che rendono la bevuta ancora pi interessante. Pu essere paragonata anche ad una Barley wine, per il suo carattere liquoroso e "stagionato", avendo per delle sue note peculiari.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhgrantjr (473) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Poured from bottle, clear, deep amber color. Aroma of sweet malts. Taste s sweeter than I expected. There is some bitterness, but it is mild. This is a complex taste, something similar to a Barley Wine. Almost a syrupy feel to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anthony850 (472) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Very malty with high alc. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deaconmike (470) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2013
On tap at Founders. Copper pour. Nice lacing throughout. You get sweetness and molasses in the aroma. More of the same on the taste but really nice caramel malt flavor. Balanced nicely with a touch of hop bitterness in the finish. This one went down way to smooth for the ABV. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Strong alcohol and malt aroma with a taste to match. Beautiful amber appearance and warming mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - MAR 21, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2014 Thursday March 21, 2013 12oz Bottled 04/13/12; Vibrant amber to copper pour with a smallish, late forming very light khaki head leaving ecclectic spotted lace; light fruit, oak, and alcohol notes dance over pudding, toffee, and marshmallow, some toast, light smooth leather, and charred oak are introduced in the taste and finish out the medium, somewhat creamy ml mouth, soft heat; complex, yet restrained and welcoming


2012, 2013, 2014 vertical

Clear, vibrant, cherrywood bodies offering a short fading bone white head, eldest completely dissipating, middle vintage retains a solid, medium sized ring for about 20 minutes, current vintage includes a ring plus a perforated island

Citrusy cherry over vibrant clean maple with biscuity accents, offering a clean expedited finish of subtle gooey marshmallow and date, the most sophisticated of the bunch

Initially fishing dock with earthy esters, as this one breathes and begins to articulate itself more enjoyable notions of barrel and peat appear along with toasty marshmallow, a few solid moments of finishing residuals, the most rustic of the session

Citrusy notes, caramel and cereal with earthy, herbal hops and biscuity undertones, less distinct, more depth, and extended mildly drying herbal residuals with underlying marshmallow and date, the most herbal of the group

Each vintage offered a smooth, medium body with restrained, but present carbonation

12oz bottles served at 55 into 15.25 Spiegelau Soiree snifter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2008
Bottle. Pours copper/orangish/brown. Interesting taste of carmel, malts, and hopy spices. Slight fruit undertone, warm smooth mouthfeel. Taste is big, rich, and full. You’ll want to sip this one. Not lacking in complexity at all. 9.3% ABV is not overwhelming. I’m going to attempt to age my 2nd bottle for around 12 months and see the difference.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - JUN 14, 2009
12oz brown bottle served in a snifter. Poured a clear reddish copper with a finger of off white head. Big complex aroma of malt, oak, and some hops. Full bodied and rich. Flavors of chocolate and vanilla from the oak. A bit hoppier than an British style old ale. Long finish with more oak and chocolate. A big, rich flavored beer with a lot of different flavors going on. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisSc (464) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
12 oz bottle into tulip. Bottle from early 2013. Minneapolis. Appearance: Copper/brown in color. Mostly transparent, other than haze from unsettled sentiment. Small head that quickly disintegrated into a ring of foam. Aroma: Very rich. Caramel, raisin, oak, coffee, spice, bourbon. Pretty complex. True to style. Taste: Sweet and with a balancing bitterness. Really nicely done. Palate: Full body. Very smooth texture. Long, warming finish. Overall: A really nice beer. Lots complexity in the aroma. The taste is very well balanced. Fine texture. Very pleasant to drink.

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