Style: Old Ale
ABV: 9.8 IBU: 50
Founders Brewing Company Curmudgeon
What the brewers say
“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.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Subtle aroma. Very light oral hops, light nutty, toffee, and cinnamon, very light fruit esters. A slight vanilla note appears as it warms. Some earthy and spice character. Some caramel and toast malt sweetness.”
Flavor: “Malty sweetness, but balanced nicely with a clean bitterness and not overwhelming with alcohol warmth. A slight coconut and vanilla character creep from the malt intensity. It has an almost liqueur feel with sweet inten- sity and coconut/vanilla notes. Light cinnamon, nuttiness, and spicy hops. Moderate toffee and earthy hops.”
Overall: “An easy-drinking bigger beer. Good avors throughout and balanced with nothing being over the top. Every- thing is muted in the aroma but this beer delivers exceedingly in the taste and grows more complex and interesting as it warms up. Sweet through the nish but not over the top sweet.”
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