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RATINGS: 1812   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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3.3
bierkoning (13747) - 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.

3.8
mR_fr0g (13674) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle shared at Leightons place. Sourced online. Nice bright orange, light amber coloured pour with a lasting halo of white head. Aroma is nice raisin, apple tart, caramelised sugars, little Warming alcohol, Flavour is composed of caramel, toffee, little solvent, spicy apple tart, little tequila, Palate is full bodies, moderate to high carbonation. Hot alcohol in the finish. Decent barley wine.

3.8
Camons (13411) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle @ Home. Pours a beautiful golden amber with a small creamy offwhite head. Aroma of malts, brown sugar, dark fruits, vinelike, little alcohol. Flavor is rich malts, caramel, brown sugar, riasin and other dark fruits, little bitter, just a tad boozy. Medium to full, soft carbonation, lightly warming alcohol in the finish. 100213

3.8
Bov (13354) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 31, 2010
from erzbierschof.ch - hazy reddish-amber colour with a poor head retention; hoppy aroma with lot of fruity notes (strawberries marmalade, prunes) and notes of alcohol; full-bodied and a bit sticky, thick and solidly bitter; quite dry with long fruity hoppy notes in the finish along with a warming touch

3.8
bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a murky brown body with a spare off-white head. Aroma of rich molasses and dark fruits. Flavor of dark fruit (dates, raisins), toasted malt, and a hint of tobacco.

3.6
j12601 (13205) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 10, 2010
On tap at Founders while in town for RBSG. Pours a clear ruby orange with a thin white head. Soft alcohol on the nose, sweet fruit. Medium bodied, caramel and booze. Long slow bitterness on the finish. While not bad at all, I was surprised how I got more alcohol in here than in the barrel aged treatment I had earlier, which had a higher ABV.

3.6
Desverger (13193) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle from BarleyWine, CPH - dark amber coloured pour with a small white head. Fruity spicy malty aroma and taste, dark dried fruits, toffee and caramel, warming boozy finish.

4.5
hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2008
12oz bottle. Poured a medium and cloudy brownish / amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Lots of suspended particles. Aromas of vanilla, wood, bourbon, caramel, oak, earthy, brown sugar, and some spices. From the aromas, assume this is the ’06 aged in Bourbon Barrels (if not, it sure fooled me!). Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, darkfruits, and wood. Lacing left on the glass. Smooth and creamy body that was way too easy to drink. Alcohol content hidden. This was pretty damn good (I enjoyed it more and more as I drank it!).

4
slowrunner77 (13006) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2017 "this is close to nailing the style right on the head. wonderful complex malty sweet aroma. flavor and feel are very nice, but not quite up to par with the smell due to the alcohol presence. roasted malt, plum sweetness. good brew."

3.5
thewolf (12861) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2009
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph.

Pours deep brownish red with a slight haze to it. Fine, staying, creamy, off-white head. Super lacings. Aroma has fat caramel, port, raisins, light vinious, chocolate and a bit of fruity hops. Low to medium carbonation, lovely oily mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, port, oak, roasted, light chocolate, caramel. Fairly vinious. Lovely hoppy finish with some raisins and a touch of dark chocolate. Good beer.


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