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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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (22419) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 17, 2010
Bottle at home ... copper thin lacing ... light pine ... resin hop nose .... sweet toffee malts .... lots of americal pale ale malt ... sweet pine resins ... deep rich tones...

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (19824) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2009
UPDATED: APR 10, 2011 2010-07-12, 8-5-9-4-17=43
Hazy amber color; small head. The aroma is less interesting than the first time, the flavor is as rich as I remembered: sweet caramel and toffee, strong vanilla; without being thick, the sugars are sticky on the lips; and strong final bitterness, a bit woody.

2009-08-31, bottle at Monks Caf, Wallingatan, 9-5-9-4-18=45
Red amber color; small creamy head. Extremely rich aroma, malt caramel and vanilla oak. Strong body, rich caramel and malt flavor, perfectioned by the vanilla and the hops. Truly enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (19540) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2015
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Fergus. Pours mostly clear orange with mild particulate presence and a frothy off-white head. Lots of ripe and tangy fruits in the nose, some berries, caramel, spices. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with gooey malts, some cinnamon, rich berries, subtle spice, some leafy hops. Full bodied, lightly chewy, with fine carbonation. Finishes warming and lightly sticky, with some further spice character, toffee, bread, slight dates. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18834) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle, thanks to Alex, at lrepubliken. Hazy copper golden beer with small offwhite head. Malty vinous aroma, nutty notes, Vinous flavor, bready, hoppy, grassy, nutty, sourish, earthy notes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (18360) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2011
Clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is quite sweet malty, caramel and a little alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish with warming alcohol. 060711

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (18348) - Kln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 25, 2011
Dickflssig wirkender Antrunk, der fast berladen wrzig ist. Sehr s, leicht herb. Hellmalzig, klebrig. Weiterhin berladen, deutliche Kruternoten sind vorhanden. Rabbiat! 8/8/7/9/11/9

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (18082) - PCastle, GERMANY - MAY 12, 2014
Dunkel rtlichbraunes Bier mit geringe Schaumkrone. Geruch s malzig, fruchtig, holzig, leicht alkoholisch, genauso ist auch der Geschmack.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17944) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2015
Bottle split at Leightons Cloud base, thanks to Fergus, 05/05/15. One Ive certainly had in the past but good to catch up with a rake. Rich amber with a decent beige covering. Nose is rich fruit, caramel fudge, dates, toffee, fruit cake mix. Taste comprises rich fruit cake, sweet licks, toffee, dark fruit rinds, stewed dates, toasted brown sugar. Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet licks in the close. Solid stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17574) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2009
Bottle from De Molen beer shop. Clear russet, lasting dark beige. Some strong intense malt with some bourbon on the aroma. Better in mouth, the malts are strong and syrupy and some very good ESB style malts. Bourbon is present but not over the top or unbalanced. Some vanilla comes through. Alcohol is really well hidden with just some fullness. Hops on end are good, slightly bitter and hide any burn. Stupidly drinkable. Pretty decent beer, if not exactly the kind of thing that I would normally like.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (17224) - Hjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2010
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are sweet malt, caramel, tar, wood and hops.


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