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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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3,373 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,373
Reviews: 1,086
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
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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beerorRIP

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,373 ratings.