pet3rman (375) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2015 Fantastic barleywine hybrid is the best description that I can give. Big bold flavor with a heathy dose of etoh. KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 1/10/2011. Served on tap in a taster glass at the Haymarket Founders event.
Curmudgeon has a dark cherry color, existing between hazy and transparent. An off-white head fades to a ring but leaves layers of lace.
Brandy and ethyl alcohol kick me in the nose, with an earthy covering to the sweet dark fruit and malt aromas.
Sweet brandy, caramel malt, and some dark fruits open up the flavor. Figs, raisins, and plums. Sweet all the way through. Some light earthy flavors slowly coat the tongue, adding some depth and complexity. This definitely gets better as it warms.
The mouthfeel is smooth, brandy-like, with light to medium carbonation. Sticky, with a fuller than medium body.
A fun and complex beer. Sweet, with lots of bite, so I am not sure I could drink this all night. laiti (8373) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 1, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2015 PD4Ever (109) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 25, 2012
35,5 cl bottle @ O’Hara’s Freehouse. Rated on 09.03.2010
Dark red colour, disappearing head. Aroma is hoppy and sweet with fruits – feels a bit like scotch ale. Palate is a bit too high on CO2. Flavour is sweeti sh with ripe fruits, some raisins, plums and hints of sugar. Too sweet stuff for me.
Draught @ Sivukirjasto. Rated on 18.12.2014.
Aroma is sweet with toffee and caramel. Feels syrupy. Flavour has woody tones, sweet toffee, syrup, caramel, vanilla and alcohol. Vanilla grows stronger towards the end of the glass. Feels like an American strong ale at all its sweetness.
12oz bottle dated 4/6/12 poured into tulip glass.
Aroma: malt, alcohol, banana, bubblegum, vanilla, woody, dark fruits
Appearance: hazy reddish coppery color with little to no head
Taste: very sweet, mild bitter, almost no sour in the taste
Palate: medium carbonation, full body, oily texture. Aftertaste is medium bitter, mild sour
Overall: This is very rich and similar to a barley wine. I like it. The alcohol is surprisingly hidden well for 9.8%. It is definitely a sipper. Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2012
Bottle at home. Hazy orange pour with floaties, almost no head. Aroma of dusty malts, sugars, honey, old hops, tutti frutti, nectarine and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and smooth, quite fruity with ripe fruits and a huge body. Although this would normally be way too sweet for me, this one can have it due to its smoothness.
RB1 (118) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 4, 2012
12oz. bottle shared by Dave S. Pour is amber/orange, with very little initial head, rapidly becoming no head. Aroma is caramel. malty, sweet, some toffee. Much like a typical barley wine. Taste is smooth, full bodied, malty, with toffee and a bit boozy. Finish is well balanced, sweet, with some heat. Holy (837) - GERMANY - JUN 5, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2012 Bottle shared after day two, sos... decent beer - not too overwhelming or bitter. Easy to drink. pmenocci (7) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2012 does not count
Very good beer. Unique style and nice malty notes. Hints of cherry and rye with this beer pours a nice amber hue
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jeremyh70 (1103) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2015 Fresh bottle on 3/28/15 - Appearance is very similar to earlier reviews. Aroma of toffee, brown bread, toasted malt and some pine. Taste has a good deal of malty toffee sweetness along with earthy molasses, tannic oak and some piney hop bitterness. Finishes with lingering pine and earthy bitter. Mouthfeel is semi slick with a medium/full body and low/moderate carbonation. A tad on the sweet side and a bit too much bitterness. I prefer it with some age. 2 year old bottle drank on 11/17/14: Pours a murky orange honey color with a light tan finger of head that disappears quickly leaving little lacing. Aroma is a bit sweet with toffe, toasted malt and mild spices. Taste is somewhat sweet with some caramel and dark molasses. Has an earthy spiciness and a flavor sort of reminiscent to burnt marshmallow along with a bit of booziness. Finishes with some earthy roasted flavor. Medium bodied with low carbonation.
First review 1/13/13: Mild bitterness with somewhat spicy and sweet taste. Low carbonation. Not bad for a darker beer. (3/5 stars in other app.)
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone SlovakSniper (5561) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2013
Une bouteille offerte par tom10101. Un liquide plutôt ambré qui se coiffe d’un petit col mousseux. Un nez dense mais peu complexe par sa structure maltée et par la présence d’un alcool fruité. Une bouche dégoulinante de caramel, de sucre d’orge et de toffee avec ses mouvements fruités et son souffle vanillé. Une impression sur le palais qui m’est appréciable. Un corps bien roulé avec une texture en sirop. Un apport minimal des bulles. Une finale longue, lourdement maltée et franchement alcoolisée. Définitivement une bouteille à partager.