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RATINGS: 1786   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.
Editors Note - The 2006 bottled version has been aged in bourbon barrels.

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (3049) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Bottle courtesy TheCheeseman. Dark brown pour with a thin off white head. Big caramel malt, toffee aroma with hints of earthy hops. Very bold caramel malt, earthy hop taste with hints of fruit. Alcohol is hidden well, very smooth and english BW like.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2009
(bottle - 12 oz) Got this in a little trade from Dave. Thanks man. Copper pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet with some good hints of sweetness, dark fruits, oak, maybe some bourbon, and alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and rich with lots of toffee, caramel, oak, wood, vanilla, alcohol, and a light tartness near the end. Finishes smooth and sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Murky copper body; thin head. Aroma - mandarin orange, rusted pipes. Texture of wet clay, paper mach. Extremely musty old-world malt flavor. Some plum flavor. Moderate bitterness of old hops conjures up tree bark(?), chalk(?). Alcohol adds to the body but not to the flavor. Very unique; I dont have any other beers to use as a reference point for comparison. 2 bottles over 2 weeks before I feel comfortable entering a rating. I did like this.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ealdent (48) - Cumming, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Beautiful reddish brown with little lacing. Sweet and malty but still some complex, woody flavors. Enjoyable to sip, getting richer as it warms.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Caramel colored pour with a small white head. Sugary oak on the nose along with some whiskey. Slightly sticky on the palate. Flavor is very smooth with light oak notes along with molasses. Alcohol is very noticeable but not in a bad way.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (13303) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2009
12 ounce bottle from Bruisin Ales. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with a medium head. Aroma of toasted malts, honey, peach, plum and a tart finish. Taste of toasted malts, honey, peach, cherry, raisin, oak and whisky. Fairly bitter. Full bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
suchen (81) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Pours a deep amber/mahogany with very little head. Smelled like oak or bourbon aging malty goodness. Taste was the same with a surprising bitterness which I learned afterward was due to blending e.s.b. type beer and barleywine. Thick beer but very drinkable. Yum.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (6594) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2009
This poured a mahogany color with an off white head. Aroma was of dark fruits caramel, sweet malts and some leather. Flavor was a but toffe/caramel scotch flavor with noters of burnt malts and alcohol. Althoguh flavor isnt quite breathetaking, it is almost overwhelming

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (6172) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Bottle. Lists 9.8% ABV on the neck tag so I will update it after this rating. Near lifeless dark bronze pour. An island of bubbles is all that is produced from the carbonation. Nose is caramel, hints of bourbon, wood, toasted malt, brown sugar and vanilla. Smells like its barrel aged. Taste echoes that sentiment. Lots of oak, toasted malts, sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar and ripe fruit. Faint hint of coconut as well. Body is nearly uncarbonated but is slick and has a nice alcohol warmth to it. Medium overall feel. This could be chewier also. Ends with more vanilla, slight hop notes, bourbon, wood, caramel, light nutty flavors, toffee and spicy notes. More vanilla and toasted malt here as well. Very tasty beer!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (7056) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2010
(Bottle at Pikkulintu) Poured dark reddish brown and clear with small and white head. Aroma contained malts, peat and whisky. Palate was medium bodied and dryish with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, whisky, peat , hops and mild bitterness. Aftertaste was malty and mildly bitter.


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