When I married my husband I knew exactly what he was - a surly, grumpy poophead. Don't get me wrong, he's not like that all the time! He's actually very sweet more often than not. But when he gets into a mood, he does it in grand style. He is lord god king of grumpmonkeys! 'tis true!
So, when I spied Old Curmudgeon in the beer store there was no way I was going to pass it up. How could I? There is a picture of my darling hunny bunny right on the bottle! How cool is that??
I brought it home, presented the bottle to my beloved and said, "Hey sweetie! Founders named a beer after you!"
He was not amused. And I wonder why he gets grumpy ;)
Old Curmudgeon (9.8% ABV) is a big, bold old-style ale.
It pours a bright red-orange that fairly glows. It is a hazy brew with loads of sediment. There is nary a head to speak of; just a skim of thin foam swirling on the top.
The aroma has the scents of dark dried fruits, caramel and molasses with woody undertones.
Right off the bat, the taste is rich sweet malt, caramel and molasses accompanied by the flavors of dark fruit and spices. The alcohol quantity and oak presence lends a brand-like quality - this is a sipper.
Despite all the sweetness it's not syrupy or cloying. There's a definite presence towards then end. It actually finishes slightly bitter and dry with a pleasant warmth.
The mouth feel is medium to full with nice carbonation.
Old Curmudgeon is an interesting balance of flavors and sensations. It makes for an excellent after dinner beer. Serve in a snifter and enjoy.
Overall: very good.