1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,833 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2833
Reviews: 1037
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%


Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
50 IBU
Old ale brewed with molasses and oak-aged.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-31-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 2,833 | Reviews: 1,037 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Blueribbon666:
Photo of Blueribbon666
Blueribbon666

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. 2011 edition.
Poured into dimpled mug a cloudy dark amber with very little head retention. Smells clean, light citrus scent, very complex mix of sweet, dark fruits, malt and a bit of hops. Taste is a nice blend of the aforementioned smells with the 9.8% abv adding a nice warming presence to the very nice complexity of the flavors and a velvety burn on the finish, but very good, very drinkable even for a sipper. Another solid Founders beer that I will happily purchase more of in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 23:28:29 | More by Blueribbon666
More User Reviews:
Photo of caponeduke
caponeduke

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-16-2014 12:10:01 | More by caponeduke
Photo of Bonis
Bonis

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-16-2014 11:33:33 | More by Bonis
Photo of Chasmill70
Chasmill70

Minnesota

3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - a beautiful beer. Head dissipates rapidly, probably because of the alcohol content.

s - the most disappointing part of the beer. Very light malty aroma or oak character here. Does have the characteristic treacle aroma, but I would have liked more complexity.

t - delicious, with dark fruit, malt and some oak character in the finish. The hot alcohol flavor and hop bite in the finish detract from the enjoying of the flavor, however.

m - velvety and smooth.

o - another fine offering from Founders! I'm hoping aging will mellow the hot alcohol flavors...they definitely have a "headache" flavor. I hope it relaxes into the body in a few months.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 02:16:37 | More by Chasmill70
Photo of TheBeer
TheBeer

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-16-2014 02:14:28 | More by TheBeer
Photo of squack
squack

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-15-2014 23:51:54 | More by squack
Photo of Alextricity
Alextricity

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2/06/14 and poured 4/15/14. $3.49 a single.

Appearance: Pours a "quiet" red/orange color with a nice off-white head and lacing at the start.

Smell: Wow. Dark fruits, barrel, molasses sweetness, oak... just as I expected from the label and style. There's also a slight hint of booze as well.

Taste/feel: Just looking at it in the glass, it looks sweet. That's probably just because I know there's molasses in it though. This beer is sweetsweetsweet, which you should figure if you know the style, see that this beer is brewed with molasses, or see that the IBUs are "only" 50 IBUs. Molasses, candied dark fruits, oak, rich and heavy caramel malts with a bit of a toasted malt aftertaste with an underlying subtle bitterness to keep it from being sickly sweet. Just looking at it in the glass should give you an idea of how it feels. Very mild carbonation with a pretty full body. Some would call it "flat", but it's a mild carbonation that I'm liking for this beer. Also, the body is big, but it's not to the point where it's syrupy/cloying. Then again, the nice depth of flavor also helps that. Don't get me wrong, it IS a very sweet beer, but it's not a chore to drink by any means. 9.8% is hidden perfectly as well.

Overall, an incredibly tasty choice for those who dig a big, bold, malty, sweet beer. It may not be something that I'd personally drink very often (I'm already a "ticker" as it is...), but there is absolutely no denying that this is a phenomenal beer that warrants a try to any beer aficionado. I may go buy myself another single just to see how this thing ages. It is sweet as hell, but it is equally as tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 21:30:25 | More by Alextricity
Photo of sirsteve42
sirsteve42

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-15-2014 18:19:06 | More by sirsteve42
Photo of whoneeds8
whoneeds8

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-15-2014 01:43:10 | More by whoneeds8
Photo of AHeaston8
AHeaston8

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-14-2014 18:30:25 | More by AHeaston8
Photo of Beestin
Beestin

Iowa

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-14-2014 17:50:29 | More by Beestin
Photo of arlingtonjoe
arlingtonjoe

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-14-2014 02:50:53 | More by arlingtonjoe
Photo of canonguy14
canonguy14

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-14-2014 02:33:19 | More by canonguy14
Photo of Cfeezy
Cfeezy

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-14-2014 01:22:58 | More by Cfeezy
Photo of trevor_s
trevor_s

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-14-2014 01:19:42 | More by trevor_s
Photo of Tracker83
Tracker83

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-14-2014 01:10:42 | More by Tracker83
Photo of Bear1964
Bear1964

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-13-2014 22:06:28 | More by Bear1964
Photo of Mavigo
Mavigo

Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this a few times before. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a sumptuous ruby, mahogany color that is accompanied by a 1/4 inch tan head that lingers for a few minutes before dissipating completely. Has a few patches of lace but not much.

S: Incredible aroma, smells of licorice, oak, honey, caramel, plums, yeast, molasses, cinnamon, malts, spices

T: A quite sweet and flavorful beer. It's a bit syrupy but not overtly so, honey, oak, molasses predominate with tinges of plums, yeast, and cinnamon coupled with a slight alcoholic kick at the end.

M: Full bodied, slightly carbonated, very thick and rich. Drink slowly.

O: Conforming to all my other experiences with Founders beers, this was incredible. I rarely drink old ales, I know this is not my first but I can't remember my last but this one will always stick with me. Expensive yet it's nose and mouth candy, got to have this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 19:44:22 | More by Mavigo
Photo of spw109
spw109

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-13-2014 19:26:40 | More by spw109
Photo of visualmartyr
visualmartyr

Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-13-2014 17:26:55 | More by visualmartyr
Photo of jordanmckell
jordanmckell

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-13-2014 06:44:24 | More by jordanmckell
Photo of Tayloraphilips
Tayloraphilips

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-13-2014 02:15:26 | More by Tayloraphilips
Photo of wtkphoto
wtkphoto

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-13-2014 02:09:58 | More by wtkphoto
Photo of cfaulman
cfaulman

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-13-2014 01:30:55 | More by cfaulman
Photo of dank203
dank203

New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ale with good medium fruity sweet sugary notes and definitely oaky notes. hints of cinnamon and nutmeg spice. hint of an apple or some lighter fruit. pretty complex and drinkable, not overly sweet. well balanced and just really nice, well rounded beer, not much hop presence

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 00:02:48 | More by dank203
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,833 ratings.