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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) - Founders Brewing Company

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

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Ratings: 3,272
Reviews: 1,083
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 122
Gots: 583 | FT: 42
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)
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Reviews by BradtheGreat7:
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken from notes during inet downtime(late spring 2012)

12 oz short brown bottles with a pretty classy label. Artwork of an old man who could be no other than Old man curmudgeon himself. He's definitely a hard looking lad. Anyway, I poured this into a nonic pint glass. I thought about the founders snifter, but for some reason I couldn't picture a weathered fisherman drinking from a snifter.

A -dull rusty Copper orange shade of copper full of a lighter orange hue. The brew is almost brown sitting on the table but seems to nearly glow when held in the light where you'll find a good bit of funk floating about. Decent off white colored head that does disolve to small ring of lace. Hazy and clouded look to the body.

S - Pretty sweet aroma. You get the sweet whiff of Vanilla oak aged character. Maybe a slight hint of bourbon. Caramel and sugar malt with some roasted nut notes. This aroma is dominated by oak and sweet malts.

T - just as sweet as the nose. Vanilla Up front that really brings to mind the oak aged character. Woodsy Bourbon hints really start to take effect along with a Roasted nut flavor. A touch of fruitiness down within a massive field of Malt sweetness. This flavor is incredibly sweet with a slight booziness in the back, but nothing potent.

M - Full bodied and thick in the mouth. Does a nice job of coating the taste buds. Very smooth and pretty easy to drink even at 9.8%. Has a warming feeling in the back of the mouth to the throat.

O - this is big on malt goodness. Personally I love malts just as much as hops. You definitely have to enjoy sweetness and a load of malts and some Oaked character to enjoy this one. Frankly I appreciate this lovely old ale from Founders. It's a fantastic brew that requires the drinker to need a change of pace. I respect the brewer for reminding me its not only about the hops and Founders are the World's best at reminding us what good beer is.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 21:45:59 | More by BradtheGreat7
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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
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