Curmudgeon's Old Ale (one of favorite names), a microbrew by Founders Brewing Company in Michigan, calls to mind local pubs, port towns, and old codgers. This is an old ale, with an ABV of 9.5% and 50 IBUs. Available in the merry month of May, this stock ale is brewed with molasses and complicated malts, then oak-aged, for a strong, rich, sweet-malt brew that's quite drinkable. Curmudgeon's Old Ale pours out a deep amber, with an ivory two finger head that retreats into some nice lacing. Curmudgeon's aroma is not so cranky: sweet malts with shades of fig, plum, dark cherry and maple syrup, along with caramel and light alcohol. From this impressive nose, the taste is a brown sugar married to earthiness, with a warming alcohol current that firms up at the end. This is a beer that opens up as it warms in your snifter, and you'll hit some spice from the malts eventually.