Grumpy Old Time
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
3.96 | pDev: 15.15%
Jul 08, 2017
Oct 17, 2013
Very Good
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Notes: Dark sour Belgian ale aged in apple brandy barrels.
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3.75 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia on Jul 08, 2017
2.42 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania on Nov 09, 2016
3.5 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Nov 09, 2016
1.77 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Nov 09, 2016
3.76 by xShoWTeKx from South Carolina on Sep 05, 2016
3.79 by RPM3334 from South Carolina on Sep 05, 2016
3.5 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Jul 04, 2016
3.49 by acurtis from New Jersey on Jul 03, 2016
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3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Jadjunk from Georgia

"A collaboration between Westbrook Brewing and The Charleston Beer Exchange. The base beer for the Old Time series of barrel-aged beers (A Belgian-style strong dark ale) was originally brewed in July 2011 and shortly thereafter racked into a variety of oak barrels, where it spend 18 months maturing. Grumpy Old Time was aged in apple-brandy barrels with a blend of brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, aged in apple brandy barrels. Available in 750 ml. bottles.

Poured from a 750 ml bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a biscuity caramel tan head of a frothy foam consistency over a densely hazy toffee brown body with garnet highlights. Retention is below average, lacing is light and spotty. 3

(Smell) Potent and tangy funk body of caramel grains and bready malts with a notable pinch of brandy for a distinctive twang of enhanced apple sourness. Slightly gruff at this stage, not a lot of sourness character in the nose particularly. Potency is high. 3.5

(Taste) I slightly prefer the flavor of this beer to the aroma- a satisfactory malt body sweetness and complexity of caramelized sugars, plum syrup and licorice meets an instant nip of tangy and drying sourness with slightly funky undertones, although distinctively lactobacillus takes the lead over brettanomyces for a lactic, tangy sourness prevailing. Slightly grainy and notably boozier than the average soured ale, although most sour ales don't come anywhere near 11% abv, so this is to be expected. Finishes with a long drag of bittersweet malt, yeast and culture blending in the most harmonious way they can. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, slick, smooth, lightly chewy, briskly dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a light frothiness and a subtly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is moderately tangy and acidic over sweet and grainy. Alcohol presence is modest, and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A quaint little experiment with mixed to desirable results. While I can't say I've experienced Apple Brandy barrel aging nor pediococcus cultures in a beer before, the end result of Grumpy Old Time is enjoyable- albeit slightly underwhelming for my expectations. Very dry, slightly grainier than I felt necessary and not too terribly complex outside of the souring impact. This is quite a big bottle to undertake for a single guy alone, and that helps me to be sure that I won't be feeling the urge to revisit this anytime soon. Hefty price tag for a beer with divisive results. 3.5

Westbrook Brewing Co.'s
Grumpy Old Time

Dec 07, 2015
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4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Shared a bottle with some friends. I must have gotten a great bottle that aged well, because looking at the ratings, this was an anomaly. Great brandy flavor. Apples, sour with some (booze) heat. Get some vanilla as well. Was hoping to try this some time and a buddy brought it.

Dec 06, 2015
4.5 by ConradKenney from Maryland on Nov 20, 2015
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2.92/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
by kiki3drt292 from California

This beer poured totally flat and had an unpleasant soy sauce aroma. Upon putting it to my lips it was slightly oily and had a bit too much unbalanced tarting sharpness. Barrel was somewhat present, but this beer did not stick around in my mouth long enough for me to examine thoroughly.

Mar 20, 2015
3.94 by oline73 from Maryland on Mar 14, 2015
3.25 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Feb 12, 2015
4.4 by SCanthony from South Carolina on Feb 05, 2015
4.16 by Brihon from South Carolina on Feb 04, 2015
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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by kscaldef from Oregon

This is pretty acetic and cidery.

Jan 21, 2015
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3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by JGam115 from New York

Dark maple, zero head. Cherry tartness, maple syrup, apple reduction. Great syrup finish and nice tartness. Nice

Jan 01, 2015
4 by mltobin from Connecticut on Nov 23, 2014
3.25 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Nov 18, 2014
4.5 by BrahptimusPrime from Connecticut on Nov 05, 2014
4 by CrusinforaBrewsin from South Carolina on Nov 02, 2014
4.75 by bhudlow23 from Georgia on Oct 28, 2014
3.64 by Cynic-ale from Texas on Oct 26, 2014
4 by zestar from California on Oct 20, 2014
4.5 by mkirkland80 from Virginia on Oct 19, 2014
4.5 by Hopbully from Virginia on Oct 15, 2014
4.15 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Sep 28, 2014
4 by kjkinsey from Texas on Sep 28, 2014
4.25 by spycow from Illinois on Sep 28, 2014
3.95 by AlexFields from Tennessee on Sep 27, 2014
4.44 by BrkfstOfChmpns from Georgia on Sep 20, 2014
4.25 by DaftPatrick from Minnesota on Jul 31, 2014
3.75 by loverofthecraft from North Carolina on Jul 29, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -68.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
by PHBoiler from Illinois

This is truly the worst beer that I can remember drinking. It pours dark brown with minimal head. The look is fairly on point for the style. The smell is dirty, spoiled diapers, wet/dank basement, and as another person in the tasting group described rat/mouse droppings. That carries into the taste because you can't avoid the scent when you take a drink. The taste is just as offensive. Rotten apples, spoiled milk, and just all sorts of similar flavors. The mouthfeel was fairly thin and watery. I can't understand how/why this beer made it to market.

Jul 17, 2014
1.75 by Roze from New York on Jul 13, 2014
4.25 by ystazi from Illinois on Jul 12, 2014
3.75 by thatoneguymike from Georgia on Jul 10, 2014
2.25 by jschonert from Missouri on Jul 04, 2014
3.75 by JAHMUR from Connecticut on Jun 25, 2014
Grumpy Old Time from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 141 ratings