Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by AwYeh:
3.08/5 rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
12 oz bottle dated April 6, 2012, poured into tulip pint.
A: Pours a clear, reddish amber color, with a paper-thin coating of off-white head.
S: Very sweet and sticky smelling, with strong molasses and ethanol smells. Brown sugar, caramel, oak, and raisin flavors add depth.
T: Spicy alcohol is the strongest flavor here, among all of the same malt and fruit flavors from the nose. A bit more honey enters into the taste, and there's a light bitterness on the finish.
M: Thick and sticky, with light carbonation. Leaves a bit of dryness on the finish.
O: Decent offering from Founders; I look forward to trying it with some age on it in the future, in hopes that the aging will bring out more flavors and limit the beer's heat a bit. In its young state, it does seem that this beer is more balanced than a number of other old ales, which become cloying quickly.
Serving type: bottle
06-27-2012 01:30:18 | More by AwYeh
More User Reviews:
3.96/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
UPDATE: I'm having to downgrade my quick rating of 7/13/12 (4.25).
Pours a brandy brown , with a nice off-white head that sticks around pretty well.
The aroma seems to really hold back. What little one gets is sweet malt and dark dried fruits, prune in particular. A whiff of banana taffy.
Definitely the best old ale I've tried, though I think I've now determined I don't like old ales. This beer approaches the general vicinity of sweetness. But other flavors dominate: wet cardboard, mild leather, rum. Hop bitterness? I think so, though certainly a refracted hop flavor. And what sweetness there is is of the cloying variety.
Great mouth feel. Smooth, well-carbonated, viscous. The abv definitely introduces itself.
I can intellectualize the quality of good old ales. But I think I just don't like them. This one definitely carries a much less offensive combo of cardboard and leather I've seen in others, like North Coast Old Stock or Anchor Old Foghorn (wait, that's an English barley wine). I actually love Bell's Old Ale, so, what're ya gonna do?
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 01:11:35 | More by martyl1000
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,861 ratings.