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RATINGS: 1806   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
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2005
I’ve been seeing this on their website and posters on the wall of the brewery for a long time now, so it was finally nice to see it on tap. Creamy head. Deep brown/ruby color. Pine sap aroma. A little lighter in body than say, a Bells Third Coast OA. Very palatable, tastey offering. But, I agree with Silp in that this is nothing too out of the ordinary for this brewery.

3.8
jtw (1170) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2006
2006 bourbon bottled version. typical bourbon notes are foremost: alcohol, vanilla, oak, tannins - but also some citrusy/piney hops and malt. the flavor has less bourbon than the aroma, which is a definite plus, although it’s hoppier than i expect an "old ale" to be. very well-balanced, far more balanced than most bourbon barrel beers that have emerged lately. not outstanding, but very good.

3.8
CMUBEERMAN (457) - - MAY 19, 2006
This was pretty interesting. Pours a very hazy and rich amber with very little head. Aroma is strong with liqour and sweet malts...a bit of wood and fruit as well. Flavor is much less intense than the aroma would suggest, but still quite complex Heavy sweetness from the malt and fruits get rounded out nicely by the bourbon, wood, and spicey overtones. Not much alcohol either, but a bit warm. Only problem I found was a slight paper flavor. Mouthfeel was very flat and a bit syrupy, but I actually think that it seved the rest of the beer well.

3.8
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2006
For all the malt that’s supposed to be here, it did not yield up a big aroma,got some carmel malty aroma, a tinge of alcohol,pretty much it, taste however is a different story ,big malt taste, all kinds of carmel and crystal malts, definite alcohol overtones, but until the very end, it would be hard to nail it as bourbon barrel aged,body is surprisingly thin given its malt complexity, a very good sipping brew, would like to have seen a Devil Dancer thickness and chewiness to this

3.8
Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 30, 2006
(thanks to 1faststi for the hook-up)poured a deep red with no head.loads of lovely bourbon in the aroma.as well as some caramel malt.caramel malts hit my tounge first.then the bourbon,followed by loads of sweet vanilla.alcohol was well hidden and the mouthfeel was nice and smooth.this is yet another outstanding brew from the founders crew.

3.8
goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Poured a very clear dark amber color with a minimal head. Aroma of fruit and bourbon with some coconut and vanilla notes. Kind of smelled like a pina colada at first. Light tartness in the aroma. The flavor led to more coconut, bourbon and malt. Light alcohol with a nice warming sensation. It was more like drinking a coctail than a beer but it wasn’t bad because of that. Medium to full bodied.

3.8
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2006
Bottle from footbalm. Borbon notes predominate. If this weren’t the BA version, I don’t know that it would have much flavor. Good, but not great.

3.8
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Nice, dark mahogany body with a small dainty head around the sides of the glass. The aroma is pleasantly fruity, but very mild, and light. The flavor is interestingly complex: woody, and of course, full of bourbon, enough so where there is a distinct alcohol astringency in the beer, although this may just be due to its high alcohol content in general. Sweet, rich and chewy mouthfeel. Not the best old ale, but I will look for this again.

3.8
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Deep garnet with a thin oily head. Nose is alcoholic with woddy notes including vanillin and coconut. Flavour is slightly roast, both from malts and the wood, with a sweet vanillin, chocolate. Strong bitterness exists, but is detected not perceived. Some raisin notes appear with warmth.

3.8
Kevin (2201) - Montana, USA - AUG 9, 2006
dark hazed brown with orange hues and some nice particulates. inviting doughy strawberry & blackberry nose with some mutter and booze and wood. alcohol is here alright. a lot of plum like dark fruit. whiskey taste. very dry finish


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