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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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3.8
fugitive (2005) - Athens, GREECE - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle. Color amber orange with small head. Aroma malt, roasted, caramel, yeast. Taste sweet, caramel, alcohol.

3.8
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2014
12oz bottle. The pour was a murky caramel brown with a slight reddish hue and an average (1-2 fingers) off white creamy head that was mostly lasting, reducing to a puddled film and medium collar with excellent sheets of sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted biscuit malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, dark fruit (raisons & cherries), oak cask and a little above mild scent of alcohol.

The taste was malty sweet with a decent touch of caramel and toffee early on, and then progressed with a mild yeast presence, a touch of molasses, a light fruitiness, a hint of oak with a sweet alcohol finish. The flavor lasted an average duration after the swallow, with the malty sweetness and a slight alcohol warming left to linger on the taste buds a bit longer.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and syrupy in texture with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall what is there to be said but ’This brewer does it again". This is a really good brew, with a great balance and awesome taste... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews

3.8
Homer321 (5072) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2014
bottle. A ton of sticky sweet malt in the nose with some wood and light fruit notes. slightly cherry. Flavor is strong malt and slightly salty. A full mouthfeel but not cloying. a slight astringency and drying sensation from the wood. helps to add complexity and balance to the beer. pretty solid and drinkable. no sign of the nearly 10% abv.

3.8
Weezel (272) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Pours really smooth with a dark amber hue and little head. Floral aromas and deep malt up front. The taste is sweet with a little hop zing in the beginning and the oak really shines lightly, but in a good way in the end. Good stuff.

3.8
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2014
Bottle from Mane Liquor. All hail the cumdungeon. Clear amber pour with a slightly sticky beige head. Nose is full of coconut, deep molasses and caramel. Seems very oaky with plenty of silly sweet vanilla. Taste is sticky toffee, honeycomb, molasses, vanilla and light coconut. Plenty going on. Fair kick of heat to finish with. Quite sticky sweet. Very solid

3.8
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Bottle from SJ. This brew had some complexities to it, but it was blended well. Nice notes of wood, caramel, sweet malt and hop. Definetely had some booze undertones to it.

3.8
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle. Caramel colored thin white head. Sweet malty caramel. Booze. Light smooth finish.

3.8
novice101 (308) - - APR 18, 2014
What an amazing beer, pours dark amber with an off white head that persists through, smells of loads of caramel and sweetness in general, taste of vanilla, molasses and some caramel sweetness, the back is brought up with some alcohol to balance,

3.7
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAY 10, 2006
A strong aroma of caramel malt with hints of vanilla and oak greet the nose. The pour is a deep brown with reddish hues. There is no head. The flavor starts off with a caramel sweetness that grows with the flavors of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. An alcohol warming quality is noticible in the finish.

3.7
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Sampled at the Corkscrew, Urbana, during their weekly Sunday tasting. I’m really taken by the notes of nutmeg and vanilla in this one, from the nose to the palate. The bourbon barrels add to a solid old ale rather than detracting. There’s a good hop finish. What’s lacking here is a heavy mouthfeel, and more candided fruit and spice that I might expect from an old ale. Its certainly doesn’t try to be a barleywine, so in some sense, its kind of a novel beer. One doesn’t see many bourbon aged old ales.


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