Founders brewing co. ‘Curmudgeon’ Old ale


image“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”.

We are becoming huge fans of this top shelf American brewery. Brews like the breakfast stout, all day IPA and the backwoods bastard are just a few of their delicious beers we have thoroughly enjoyed. Served in a beer tulip the light ruby/copper pour produced a two finger head that slowly diminished to a thin film over the top. Minimal lacing though. Very complex aroma, similar to a Belgian Dubbel or a Quad as we picked up raisin, oak, black currant, burnt toffee, licorice and spice. As we delve deeper in to the aroma it begins to remind us as more of a lighter version of a barrel aged stout. A little dusty but nevertheless, we were pleasantly surprised. Texture in the mouth is full and round with mild carbonation. Medium-full bodied. Similarly the complex flavour mirrors our surprise to the aroma. Molasses shows up on the palate initially with additions of spice and dark fruits. A slight booze burn and oak in the mid deliver a finish of burnt sugar and caramel. An earthy undertone lingers nicely on the back end. Good duration. 9.8% ABV. This is a very respectable offering. An easy 8 stars.