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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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3,482 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,482
Reviews: 1,098
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 137
Gots: 628 | FT: 45
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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TCHopCraver

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

Reviewed from notes written on 1-6-11.

Into a snifter gifted to me by my lovely girlfriend, Curmudgeon pours a cloudy, amber-orange with a medium khaki, one-finger head which retains nicely. I could have decanted this a bit better, as many little yeasties are floating about in the beer. The carbonation appears low and slow and the lacing is attractive, with hilltops and dots.

The smell is very malt-forward with aromas of caramel, brown sugar, and cinnamon, which all meld together well. When swirled aggressively, the woodnotes of the oak aging are very evident, along with a slightly peppery aroma. The more I inhale, the bigger the cinnamon contribution is. Founders website says that this is brewed with molasses- I can smell a little of that, as well.

The taste is somewhat spicier and woodier than I thought it would be, with a very earthy undertone on my tongue. Those flavors couple with a heavy malt presence of caramel and brown sugar, with some cinnamon spice taste in addition. The molasses adds a molasses cookie taste. The finish is nicely dry from the oak and bittering hops and just a little alcoholic heat soaks into my tongue at the end of the sip.

The mouthfeel is silky, creamy, and buttery on the tongue, but with a fine balancing nip on the sides from the oak- aging, hops, and alcohol. The finish is fairly clean for such a syrupy beast. I think the mouthfeel is the highlight of the beer.

I like this crotchety old fella and will have it again, but I've also had other Old Ales that I like a bit better. It is definitely not sessionable, but makes for a good sipper. This is another fine offering from Founders, but certainly not their best.

01-10-2011 21:45:15 | More by TCHopCraver
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MikesnoHSL

Florida

3.12/5  rDev -22.2%

08-29-2014 03:43:18 | More by MikesnoHSL
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TheOakKing

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6%

08-29-2014 02:23:17 | More by TheOakKing
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RexBanner

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

Appearance: Silky brown to dark beige in color, very appealing. 2 finger head that dissipate quickly into a nice ring on top of the beer. Almost no carbonation is detected.

Aroma: Caramel sweetness, booze, metallic grains, hops, a fruity note as well, maybe purple figs?

Taste & Mouthfeel: Malty sweetness upfront then the alcohol jumps in to coat your taste buds. Next comes the bite of hops. Silky yet viscous mouthfeel. More hops on the backend. Finishes with a pleasant malt sweetness.

This is one of those beers that you can't help but look at the bottle after your first sip. It isn't as solid as North Coast old stock ale but it sure is a more than suitable alternative. Very much recommended!

08-28-2014 19:36:25 | More by RexBanner
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hangya

New York

3.25/5  rDev -19%

08-28-2014 16:47:53 | More by hangya
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jimmygord

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

08-28-2014 02:32:24 | More by jimmygord
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Beerasaurus

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.2%

08-28-2014 01:42:22 | More by Beerasaurus
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Caddant

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

08-27-2014 20:35:43 | More by Caddant
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Beervana

Denmark

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

08-27-2014 20:16:49 | More by Beervana
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LeeW

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6%

08-27-2014 14:16:36 | More by LeeW
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Dogleg

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

08-27-2014 14:05:05 | More by Dogleg
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GeorgeBeerS

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%

08-27-2014 12:59:30 | More by GeorgeBeerS
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sjroseen

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

08-26-2014 20:56:20 | More by sjroseen
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rastro

Rhode Island

3.64/5  rDev -9.2%

08-26-2014 06:06:56 | More by rastro
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FrankHashimoto

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%

08-25-2014 22:10:11 | More by FrankHashimoto
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.2%

08-25-2014 21:18:26 | More by Kmat10
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toti1972

Florida

4.6/5  rDev +14.7%

08-25-2014 00:57:53 | More by toti1972
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smaddock

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +24.7%

08-25-2014 00:52:58 | More by smaddock
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MLaVioletteJr

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

08-24-2014 18:24:28 | More by MLaVioletteJr
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RDW

Nebraska

4.52/5  rDev +12.7%

08-24-2014 04:23:17 | More by RDW
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grover37

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

08-24-2014 01:23:47 | More by grover37
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hozersr

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

08-23-2014 14:00:42 | More by hozersr
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michaelsmith11

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

08-22-2014 22:51:53 | More by michaelsmith11
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +2.7%

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bwood06

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +1%

A - deep amber in color. Slightly hazy with a very thin white head. Head dissipates rather quickly. 3.75/5

S - Sweet as well as toasty malt. Slight fruity smell reminding me of raisins and dates. No real hop profile to be seen here. 4/5

T - Very fruity as well as sweet malt. Roast malt flavors. Hops show up on back end with just a slight bitterness. Somewhat earthy. Alcohol content shows up at end with slight warming. Hints of caramel, vanilla, and oak. 4.25/5

M - Chewy and viscous. Coats tongue nicely. 4/5

O - Very enjoyable beer. Fairly complex with flavors standing out nicely. Some nice minor flavor undertones that make for a very nice drinking experience. 4.25/5

08-20-2014 01:35:30 | More by bwood06
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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,482 ratings.