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Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale

Founders Curmudgeon

Founders Curmudgeon

Just from the label, you know you’re in for something interesting from Founders Curmudgeon. Art aside, an Old Ale with molasses and aged in oak, certainly lets the imagination run wild.

Pours a hazy orange that’s just on this side of brown. Virtually no head. Oak, raisins, and must in the aroma. The flavor is mostly oak and molasses. Bit of punch from the 9.8% ABV. A touch of bitterness from the hops at the end. It’s a sipper, but something different comes out with every sip, including maple syrup.

Spend a lot of time enjoying this one.

Grade: A

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North Coast Old Stock Ale 2012

North Coast Old Stock 2012

North Coast Old Stock 2012

I loved the 2010 version, so I’m hoping 2012 version of North Coast Old Stock Ale is also superb.

Trying the wine glass again, too. Color is a deep caramel. Aroma is full of butterscotch and yeast. Flavor is massive. Caramel, banana, clove, a jab of hops at the end and a very pleasing warmth from the considerable 11.7% ABV. Dangerously drinkable for its potency. The finish is similar to a merlot, but with hops.

It’s fantastic. I know these are supposed to get better with age, but it’s hard to imagine how.

Grade: A

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Heavy Seas Plank I

Heavy Seas Plank I

Heavy Seas gets me on theme alone, but this English Old Ale with a unique aging process, Plank I, really has me intrigued.

Murky brown with a beige head, just from the smell, expect this to be big and malty. Indeed, it is! Full and round butterscotch flavor coats everything. Decidedly on the sweet side of things, but the hops cut through at just the right time to bring some balance. Hints of cherry and vanilla are there and a certain wood-like quality in the finish. Though I’m wondering if I would notice it if I didn’t know to expect it.

Big flavor, creamy mouthfeel, not overly bitter. Complex and tasty flavors. Plank I is a winnerrrr!

Grade: A

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