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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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BA SCORE
90
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3,288 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,288
Reviews: 1,083
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 123
Gots: 583 | FT: 42
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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Brockpellegrin

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-02-2014 23:47:18 | More by Brockpellegrin
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JKIPA05

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

07-02-2014 13:15:08 | More by JKIPA05
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Sir_Goatman

Oregon

5/5  rDev +24.7%

07-02-2014 05:01:30 | More by Sir_Goatman
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mcdonald422

California

4.25/5  rDev +6%

07-01-2014 19:52:36 | More by mcdonald422
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Jmc986

Texas

5/5  rDev +24.7%

07-01-2014 18:34:28 | More by Jmc986
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JohnParadee

Delaware

3/5  rDev -25.2%

07-01-2014 11:43:09 | More by JohnParadee
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MickeyMonk

Arizona

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-01-2014 08:50:00 | More by MickeyMonk
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vande

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

07-01-2014 00:29:18 | More by vande
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MasterfulIdiot

Georgia

4.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. The liquid is a transparent mahogany with some suspended sediment and a slow stream of bubbles rising up. The pour kicks up a modest khaki head that dissipates to a film with a ring around the surface quickly.

Aroma is really strong - you can almost smell it from across the room! Sweet caramel, brown sugar, raisins, dates, and a bit of alcohol heat. Would make a wonderful bread pudding.

Taste follows the nose, with a bit more alcohol presence. Starts out with caramel, cinnamon, vanilla, and dark fruit. Some oakiness comes in after a second, along with a bigger alcohol burn and an ever-so-slight bite of hop bitterness to keep it from being too cloying. The finish is clean, with a tightrope-like balance of sweet and bitter, and then the aftertaste is creamy caramel again. Not incredibly complex, but perfectly put-together. The sweetness, alcohol, and bitterness are all calibrated to precise levels to complement each other perfectly.

Mouthfeel is nicely thick and creamy without being syrupy. There's some nice crisp carbonation that takes a second to kick in, giving your tongue a second to luxuriate in the thick body before coming in to temper it. It's somehow perfectly timed with the flavor progression - before the carbonation kicks in you're focusing on the caramel and vanilla, then the prickliness comes in at the exact same time as the alcohol and hops to dial back the sweetness.

Overall, one of my favorite beers from Founder's, or any beer period. It's a great dessert beer for when you don't want a BA stout - it treads the same waters, but is much less heavy. It kind of reminds me of what a super-easy-drinking bourbon would be like, with the caramel, oakiness, and robust alcohol presence. Such an incredible beer!!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2014 00:48:40 | More by MasterfulIdiot
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msumike89

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

06-29-2014 23:43:34 | More by msumike89
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dmgallag

Illinois

4.81/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - dark ale with good lacing that slides down the glass.

S - nice sweet molasses smell. Inviting, smells like a dessert beer.

T - not complicated. Very subtle...you get the hints of oak and molasses in perfect harmony. Neither overpowers the other. Very drinkable and easy going for my palate. This guy could get me in trouble.

M - velvety smooth. Really good.

O - some might knock it because of its lack of complexity....but that is exactly what I like about it. A sweet ale that tastes better as it warms to room temp... I'm sold

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2014 20:24:51 | More by dmgallag
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Zenbones


4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

06-29-2014 15:54:11 | More by Zenbones
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Walkerjgt

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-29-2014 15:17:27 | More by Walkerjgt
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C_S

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +6%

06-29-2014 01:24:24 | More by C_S
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dsl72701

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

06-28-2014 23:15:02 | More by dsl72701
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snarygare

Kansas

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-28-2014 21:42:46 | More by snarygare
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Spenglme

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6%

06-28-2014 21:41:41 | More by Spenglme
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cdtoffers

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-28-2014 19:52:29 | More by cdtoffers
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seedyone

New York

2.83/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

05/19/14 From bottle. As I'm on a barrel aged kick lately, no stone shall go unturned. Here is a fine example of how pervasive oaking can be..until, of course it meets something just as persuasive as the molasses used here. Not a lot on the nose & no head to speak of so that leaves the battle on the tongue between the oak & the treacle. Each as it's moment but neither comes out a winner. I enjoyed it but could not get past the novelty effect. I suspect a draft portion...or better yet, a nitro pour could lift this to another level.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2014 05:01:43 | More by seedyone
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jkhobbs99

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-28-2014 04:06:28 | More by jkhobbs99
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CorgiDad

Mississippi

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-28-2014 03:28:06 | More by CorgiDad
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Hopmagnet

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +6%

06-27-2014 22:51:21 | More by Hopmagnet
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Brinks

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +6%

06-27-2014 22:08:51 | More by Brinks
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sammyg832

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

06-27-2014 16:15:06 | More by sammyg832
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zacalabeer76

Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-27-2014 04:59:13 | More by zacalabeer76
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,288 ratings.