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RATINGS: 1799   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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3.6
kermis (12869) - 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.

3.8
Bov (12636) - 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
crossovert (12614) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
12 oz bottle. Bottled 2/10/10. Pours into my snifter a beautiful clear reddish orange with a creamy ivory head that lasts for a good amount of time before slowly receding and leaving some nice lacing. The smell is luscoius. There is tons of caramel and butterscotch. It is also earthy with a touch of hops. There is also a stark dark fruit scent. It is a very luxurious looking and smelling beer. The taste isn’t as good as the other two but it is very good. It is alot more bitter than expected with a nice hop bite. The malt is here too and it is almost cloyingly sweet. There is an abundance of caramel on the palate. The mouthfeel is thick but has a nice, smooth carbonation, it is slightly cloying but not overly form the sugar and alcohol. The alcohol in this one isn’t perfectly hidden but it works well and makes this one feel like a strong barleywine going down. Overall it is one beautiful looking and beautifully scented brew, the taste is good but not spectacular. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-12-2010 21:51:54

3.5
thewolf (12533) - 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.

3.3
jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2009
12oz bottle–pours an off white ring for a head and hazy copper color. Aroma is medium malt-toffee, dark fruit-cherry, boozy/wood. Taste is medium malt-toffee/brown sugar, dark fruit-cherry/raisin, boozy/wood, herbal/spice hops. Nicer as it warmed to cellar temp then room temp. occasional. Sipping. Thanks to decaturstevo for sharing.

4.5
hopdog (12341) - 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!).

3.8
Camons (12296) - 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

3.6
Sammy (12091) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
On-tap at Pizza Plant Transit. It was so good it was as if it was brewed right here. Dark boddy with thin head. Stouty roast aroma. Hoppy and spicy. Medium-full body. I like the style, it’s more drinkable than a barleywine. The understated carbonation at this location does it justice.

3.7
Pinball (12060) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2009
UPDATED: APR 20, 2016 almost clear brown, thick yellow head. nutty berry aroma, also a bit barley wineish. flavor is sweet malty, strong, yeast, faint sweet fruity (close to banana), ends going more and more bitter. nice.[6,3,8,4,16]. re-rate 2016-04-20 bottle from kihoskh. clear orange amber, smooth white head. malty and bready aroma with some faint woody boozy notes. aroma is similar to a sweet oak aged barley wine. flavor is barley wine malty, with noticeable wood and bourbon, quite balanced, towards the end, the wood bitterness is quite massive.

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slowrunner77 (11911) - 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."


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