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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) - Founders Brewing Company

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

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pDev: 10.97%


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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johnnieoz

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4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, unknown bottling date. Brought back from Ann Arbor in May of this year - so it might the 2009 version, more likely the 2008.

A: Golden amber, off white head with lacing. Some sediment is visible.

S: Molasses, caramel, raisin and somewhat boozy.

T: Very tasty. Easy sipping - but also perfect for some hot n' spicy Gai Prik Khing (Thai green bean and chicken dish) and then to nurse afterwards. The taste buds were opened by the abundance of chilies and now I can really appreciate the sweet, malty complexity of the Old Curmudgeon.

M: Creamy, solid mouthfeel. Properly carbonated.

D: As noted above, best when sipped but it does pair well with foods other than Stilton cheese. They just have to possess some pizzazz!

Overall, one of the best Old Ales I've had the pleasure of quaffing. Prefer it to Bell's Third Coast Old Stock Ale...I think (need to check out that second bottle in my cellar closet).

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 04:06:59 | More by johnnieoz
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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
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