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RATINGS: 1800   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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slowrunner77 (12051) - 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."

3.6
j12601 (12000) - 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.

4.1
madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2007
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense light brown head. Pine, sweetness, vanilla and light fruits in the aroma. Quite complex and balanced. Flavour as well is on the better side. Loads of vanilla (bourbon barrels?), soap, fruits and flowers. This must be the 2006 edition. The barral notes are very dominant but yet nicely integrated in the beer. Medium to full bodied. Quite dry. Light bitter sweetish end, where the barrel notes again plays a major role. Nice alcoholwarmth on the lips.

3.7
deyholla (11605) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2009
On tap at MBG Summer Festival. Poured a reddish hazy amber with a light brown head. Aroma was sweet throughout with barley notes. Began with sweet malts but dark notes as well as alcohol grew throughout. Quite thick on the tongue,

3.6
rosenbergh (11532) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2010
355 ml bottle. From København, Denmark.
Light amber colour with tiny white head. Yeast, fruits, biscuit and caramel in aroma. Yeast, bitter hops, biscuit and some alcohol in flavour.

3.9
Meilby (11495) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2012
Bottle 355ml @ home
Pours slightly hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, raison, plums, dried fruits, wood and vanilla. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long very smooth, caramel, vanilla and dried fruity finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat.

3.6
Desverger (11455) - 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.

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shrubber85 (11408) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle. Peach, barley malt and alcohol aroma. Cloudy ruby-amber color with minimal head. Sweet light peach, barley and moderate alcohol flavor. Nice.

3.6
hopscotch (11103) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2007 Bottle 2006... Mostly clear, burnt orange ale with a small , creamy, khaki head. Malty, woodsy nose with lots of bourbon. Boozy, bitter flavor. Malt sweetness followed by hop and alcohol bitterness. Full-bodied and oily with faint carbonation. Finishes grassy and woodsy. Thanks go out to growler for sharing the bottle.

3.9
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Bottle. Glorious orangish pour. Very small head. Aroma is very interesting. I got some fruit notes, syrup and good malt. Flavor is very unique with some spices, fruit, sweetness and yeast. Damn good. I would like to be able to drink this on a regular basis.


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