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RATINGS: 1784   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.
Editor’s Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

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3.1
HenrikSoegaard (14235) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 28, 2010
Bottle. Creamy white good fair mostly lasting head. Orange-amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter vinius flavor. Average slightly perfumed finish. A little alcoholic. Creamy palate. Not a very good barleywine.

4.2
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2006
(12oz bottle) Cloudy copper-brown body with small beige head. Aroma is sweet, raisin, caramel, cherry, some coconut, light chocolate, smoke, butterscotch, wood. Taste is sweet, cherry, caramel, raisin, light pineapple/coconut. Finish has light smoky bourbon, enough to notice the alcohol numbing and to complement the beer itself, and thankfully, not enough to do anything more. Sticky full body with low carbonation. A hot summer evening probably wasn’t the ideal time to sample this wonderful beer, but I’m glad I did anyhow.

3.7
Lubiere (13959) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2017
A reddish copper ale with very thin off white head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with nice vinous character, light surranated hops, dark fruits and toffee. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity caramel malt with light grassy hops, resinous and piney notes, faint butterscotch, loads of alcohol warmth, light coconut and chocolate, interesting. Bottled 04/09/11, so 5 years old.

3.7
Drake (13949) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2009
12 ounce bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a medium head. Aroma of toasted malts, honey, peach, plum and a tart finish. Taste of toasted malts, honey, peach, cherry, raisin, oak and whisky. Fairly bitter. Full bodied.

3.6
kermis (13867) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle from De Molen shop shared. Clear brown pour with little tan head. Aroma has plums, malt and other dark fruit. Flavour has same aspects with a caramel sweetness and raisins. There is a strange bitter, stale malt aftertaste. Low carbonation and thick mouthfeel. Overall a good complex beer.

3.4
Christian (13680) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2009
Copper with a small white head. Aroma of sweet caramel with dried fruits, tangerine, vanilla and cinnamon. Sweet fruity and spicy flavour, with a hint of alcohol and a little bitterness. It has old ale qualities, but you’re never in doubt about theAmerican origin.

3.8
Stuu666 (13631) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours amber, nose of toffee, caramel, berries, taste is dry, rich caramel, fruity.

3.9
BeerandBlues2 (13594) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 23, 2007
12-oz. bottle received via trade with Duane. Pours cloudy, lightly particulate amber/mahagony with a small rocky light brown head, somewhat lasting, fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel), light hops (perfume), average yeast (dough, fresh leather) with notes of vanilla, wood, bourbon. Full bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness and bitterness, light acidity; caramel roasted malt, vanilla and bourbon with wood notes.

3.3
bierkoning (13387) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle. Oarnge color. Tiny chunks of yeast floating. Malty, slightly alcoholic aroma with dried fruit, brandy notes and grass. Full bodied. Malty flavor with raisin. Alcoholic and stony with vinous notes. Grapes, perfumed . Red berries. Earthy hops.

3.7
Dogbrick (13144) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Sampled at the Odds and Ends Tasting on 8/16/06: Dark amber/brown color with a thin beige head that starts fizzy but calms quickly. Thin spotty lacing. Aroma of whisky, coconut and dark fruits. Rich, smooth body with pungent malt, bourbon and other spicy alcohol flavors. The finish is all coconut and whisky. Definitely different from the norm, and seems pretty raw all around. I would be curious to try an aged bottle.


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