Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) - Founders Brewing Company
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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
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
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
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
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