1184. Bad Knees

1184. Bad Knees

At some point during early May Jadyn and I went to the CBC for some beers. They had a new Old Ale on tap so I gave it a try:
Boasting near barleywine strength, Bad Knees has been crafted of English Maris Otter and Golden Promise malts and Challenger and Fuggles hops. After fermentation it subsequently has spent several months in the CBC Barrel Cellar, biding its time in Buffalo Trace-cum-Utopias barrels. Very rich and malty with big caramel, toffee, and brown sugar notes. Considerable oak and spirit, underscored by raisins, fruity esters, grassy hops and a hint of coconut.
Beer Stats:
Cambridge Brewing Company
Alcohol: 10.50%
Serving: Tap
Old Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 4.0 | Smell: 4.5 | Taste: 3.5 | Mouthfeel: 4.0 | Drinkability: 3.5

Overall: 3.85

Bad knees pour a cloudy brown, and is topped by a thick, brown head that fades to continuous film coating the side of the glass with lace. The aroma is very boozy with woody, and vanilla notes. There are sharp notes of fruit, and swirling brings out the malts: caramel, dark fruit, and molasses. Smells very nice.

There's a sweet malt backbone throughout that's reminiscent of a Belgian dubbel. Dark fruit predominates, with some caramel, and molasses. The finish has a bit of booziness, sharp fruit and a bit of warming alcohol. A little sweet overall. Bad Knees is medium to full-bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

I though that this beer was decent. Overall it a little too sweet, though the alcohol was well hidden.