The brewhead readers of this thing have probably noticed that I've made mentions to the greatness that is Founders beer making but have never gotten around discussing their beers. A big reason for this is because, though I have written about them in a local minded print publication in times past before I started posting them here, they've been rarely spotted 'round this area for some reason. My favorite beer store in town made it a mission for me to right this wrong and though the distributor couldn't completely fill complete order Old Curmudgeon was one of the one's that found it's way to this port-which was cool with me as it's one of the brews that these fine craftsmen over in Grand Rapids whip up that I haven't tried before.
A very radiant dark amber color shines through an unfiltered cloudiness. A very, very minimal head that goes away almost as soon it's pour and lacing that slips down off the glass back to the edges of the beer with each sip. A scent's something akin to oak barrel aged bourbon is right up front then followed up a bit of vanilla, caramel, sweet malts and a general earthiness.
First taste already says this is a winner! The thick and creamy (but not too heavy) of a fullness fills the mouth, a bourbon sweetness tickles every corner but not to the extent of a whiskey sting because the malts subdue into an almost caramelized and soothing throat coat. The back of the throat gets a painted with a molasses, hazelnut and honey coat that makes some clear their throat between sips but each sip til the glass is done is a seductive and warm flirt of a 9.5 percent and 50 IBU's. If you're looking for a brew that makes ya feel all warm and jovial before the better weather months get here (which, hopefully, aren't too far away)-keep an eye out for this one.