Curmudgeon Old Ale

Michigan
United States
Curmudgeon Old Ale
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

Descriptive paragraph about the beer: 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.

Profile

ABV: 
9.8%
IBUs: 
50
Served at: 
54° - 57° F
Hops: 
Nugget, Willamette
Malts: 
Abbey, Crystal
Judges Review 
James Link's picture
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Although the presence of hops graces the bouquet of this Old Ale, malt is the dominating aroma. Alcohol is also manifest in spades here and warms the nostrils, accompanied by hints of molasses and treacle.

Copper in color and quite clear, the head was understated even with a vigorous pour.

This is a full-flavored example of the style, which delivers a big smack of alcohol without the harsh presence of Fusels. As in the aroma profile, malt is dominant in the flavor accompanied by traces of oak, molasses and fruity esters. Founders Curmudgeon exhibits a firm hop bitterness that cleans up nicely in the finish. The ingredients blend well lending a complexity to this Old Ale that enhances its drinkability.

For lovers of Old Ale, this one shouldn't be missed.