Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Curmudgeon Old Ale

Beer Review #168

My tour through Founders Brewing Company beers available on the local racks continues this afternoon with Curmudgeon Old Ale.

Think classic seafaring ports, local pubs and weathered old fishermen. This old ale is brewed with molasses and an insane focus on the malt bill, then oak-aged. The result is a rich, malty delight that’s deceptively smooth and drinkable.
9.8%ABV, 50IBU. This one is smells better than it tastes. The aroma is smooth and sweet as in dark, rich, dried fruits like plum, fig and prune, but the taste is more bitter than the 50IBU suggests, but not in a 'hoppy way.' This particular bottle, being nearly a year old, wears alcohol on its sleeve and with black licorice, and a bit of molasses. The beer was aged in oak, but it doesn't shine through.

Dark amber, intensely foamy pour, but see for yourself in the video below:

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