Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by beerorRIP:
4.13/5 rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle
poured to a pint glass gives a one finger-ish head, a somewhat hazy orange / amber body. sediment is almost dancing in the glass (didn't decant this one) as active bubbles race to the top and keep the yeasts moving around. the head reduces in size, but a thin layer hangs around. this leaves some patches of lace throughout the enjoyment.
smells boozy... sweet malts, alcohol. they combine and nearly form an aroma of bourbon. nice.
the taste is not surprisingly like the aroma. i catch the sweet malts right away. the slight hot flash of alcohol combined with the nearly tingling feeling really makes me think bourbon now. the carbonation helps to move the flavor well, but it's more heavy malts characteristics are what stand out. there is hop bitterness that certainly helps to balance this guy, otherwise it would be sickeningly sweet.
the mouthfeel is medium, which is actually a nice thing. if it were more thick and syrupy, i think it would detract from what's presented here. perhaps if it weren't a bigger beer, that would be more to the old ale style.
due to my liking the taste, aroma, and rather medium easy to drink body, this is surprisingly drinkable. not a fast gulper, but not a sipper either... somewhere in-between. then the high abv starts to remind me i should have taken smaller tastes. or am i just tired and this beer is simply escorting me to dreamland?
founder's is a brewery that i've been impressed with, and this is only first real review of one of their beers. i'll be back with more.
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2009 00:46:40 | More by beerorRIP
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United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.38/5 rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
355ml Bottle from Beers of Europe website:
Deep caramel amber with a thin, 0.5cm foamy head that's slightly off-white with okay retention given the abv. of the beer. It sits as a fine lacing just about covering the surface & there's some sediment at the bottom of the glass.
Strong with lots of sweetness & sugar plus some treacle. Strong caramel malts & oak just about mask the alcohol completely, only a touch comes through. Toffee, dark fruits & earthy hops all make an appearance & the beer is quite complex. Rich smelling & rounded out with some background fruits & hints of vanilla.
Sweet & malty with caramel & toffee coming through alongside sugar & some alcohol that seems a touch stronger than the nose hinted it at. Dark fruits & pleasant oak & vanilla come through with some plum & raisins at the end.
Smooth with a medium to thick body that hints at being creamy. Soft carbonation & hints of alcohol from the start. Very sweet, rich, complex & definitely strong but there is enough going on to help it down easier than expected.
A beer that I really enjoyed and one that I'm glad I let sit for a while before opening up. Despite the strength of the beer it was one that went down pretty well with a great balance between flavours & I could see this being one that I would pick up again in future, assuming of course I can find it easily enough.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 08:38:50 | More by flyingpig
3.59/5 rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pre-aged 2+ years; thanks store!
Or perhaps not...
Very murky, dark caramel appearance. Some floaties, virtually no head...although a little fizz did appear eventually.
Strong caramel, oak, and vanilla aroma. I don't think this is oak-aged, but the aroma is similar, regardless.
Sweet, strong, and boozy. Huge hints of caramel and toffee, and more mellow lines of oak and vanilla. Definitely boozy.
If this beer has suffered, mouthfeel - along with appearance - is where it shows. It's mostly flat, with little liveliness or sting. Pretty boozy, too.
Despite the age and flatness, this is a pretty damn tasty beer! I can imagine what it's like when it's on and dialed in. I may not be particularly impressed this time around, but I'm impressed enough that I will certainly try it again.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 23:32:57 | More by Roguer
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
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