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RATINGS: 1768   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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beastmaster (381) - Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Bottle. No head. Pours cloudy Amber. Aroma malt, roasty, oats, toffee. Obviously malt heavy, hard to smell the alcohol. Strong molasses taste. smooth malty sugary goodness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 4, 2009
i really liked this one. pours nice amber/copper with a nice malty aroma with a little hop cutting through with a little smoke on the end. nice malt sweetness with a good bite from the hops. finishes sweet with dark fruits and smoke on the end. very nice

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Tap. Pour is deep amber with a small caramel colored head. Aromas of caramel, bananna, huge burbon, vanilla, and candy. Flavor is malty with warming burbon, brown sugar, vanilla, and more candy. What a treat in a bottle.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2009
The flavor here was just off, maybe I got a bad bottle, and will have to try another of my 4-pack and maybe re-rate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gbgbrouge (377) - SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2014
Poured from bottle, dark amber with almost no head. Aroma is strong with distinctive notes of dark bread, honey, resin and herbs. Taste is a real explosion. Full bodied and well balanced, notes of dried fruit, honey, pine and dark bread. Slight bitterness leads a long and lingering finish. Real nice one!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
malkyore (377) - - MAY 5, 2015
Balanced like a teeter totter with twins on it. I guess.... Its equal parts really bitter and really sweet.... The word roasty comes to mind... But yep. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pet3rman (375) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2015 Fantastic barleywine hybrid is the best description that I can give. Big bold flavor with a heathy dose of etoh.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RoscoeJackson (372) - Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2010
UPDATED: APR 16, 2011 rerated 4/16/2011. 3.7 ---> 3.7 .... one thing stood out to me tonight... perfume.. smelled and tasted perfumy. this was a drinkable beer but it had an odd aftertaste. subtract that aftertaste and youd have a decent looking beer that was lacking in overall oomph.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours a dark cherry color, with a half inch head that fades quickly to a thin soapy cap, leaving behind a thin webbing of lace. Given the high abv, Im not surprised that there wasnt much foam. Smell; wow, theres a very strong woody aroma here, as well as a what I can only describe as brandy. Is this barrel aged? Theres dark fruits, such as cherries and dates, and Im also picking up vanilla as this warms. This thing smells great. Taste; starts out pretty sweet, and fruity, with cherries and dates, and then the oak barrel, and boozey flavors (almost vinous) make a significant appearance. The vanilla is there, but Im picking up some coconut, that wasnt present in the nose, and a bit of a peppery spiciness. Finished sweet with caramel and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is full bodied, and very smooth. Dinkability is good for the style and abv, but you still wouldnt want to be drinking more than one or two of these in a nght.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coolfunnj (368) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2013
a sweet sugary honey molasses aroma...brown and amber clear color mild lacing..taste...a nutty caramel flavorwith some hop balace,,in a good way..overall..it went down fast


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