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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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3,376 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,376
Reviews: 1,086
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 126
Gots: 607 | FT: 44
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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BrownNut

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one in late 2012 and again after aging it nearly a year. The score for the fresh tasting is the one I use for the official score.

REVIEW AFTER AGING A YEAR, 11-12-13

A - 4.0 - Rosy darker orange with a substantial cream colored fluffy head that endures for a respectable period.

S - 4.0 - Raisin Bran with honey drizzled on it like I used to eat as a kid: malty bran, raisins, honey. And a bit of booze. This seems to be standard for old ales.

T - 4.0 - Honey sweet, malty, with a bitter sharp element that I remember not liking last time. Still here, though at a lower level. Can't tell if this is hop bitterness or something else. A bit of warm alcohol fumes wafting up the throat.

M - 4.0 - Medium heavy mouthfeel. Leaves a sticky coating on the tongue.

O - 4.0 - I remember being disappointed at this when I had it a year ago due to the bitterness, which tasted wrong. I think it has faded some now. It's still there and still a bit unwelcome, but less noticeable. Otherwise it's pleasant but not overly complex. With that said, it's not too out of line with other old ales I've had. Maybe the bitterness was an attempt at another layer for the sake of complexity.

Verdict. I think it made sense to age it. I'll put another year on it and see what that does.

ORIGINAL REVIEW, 12-09-12

A - 3.5 - Looks like cloudy apple cider, not much head, and what there is doesn't last long at all.

S - 4.5 - Smells great. Very malty and kind of sweet. Reminds me so much of the smell of Raisin Bran with honey on it in my cereal bowl as a kid.

T - 4.0 - The malt from the aroma carries through and to a lesser extent the honey. What comes with it is a mild bitterness of the woody variety, almost with a bitter citrus peel hook at the back of the tongue but not quite. That lingers on the back of the tongue for five or ten minutes after finishing. This is part of what gives the beer its unique identity but is also something I'd like to see muted, which maybe I'll get via aging. I'm left with very pleasant mildly burny booze fumes drifting up my throat, the kind that keep you warm in cold weather.

M - 4.0 - Medium bodied, coats the tongue. Fights to go dry at the end but doesn't quite make it. Nice and interesting.

O - 4.0 - Really very nice. Chalk up another old ale for me. I have yet to have something called old ale that I dislike.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 04:28:12 | More by BrownNut
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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,376 ratings.