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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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Ratings: 3,744
Reviews: 1,111
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 144
Gots: 712 | 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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3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark auburn that looks pretty damn good. Not much head, but lacing is good.

The aroma is underwhelming.... Not much gong on here but sweet malt. vanilla, alcohol, and carmel.

Not what I was hoping for. Really comes off like a Belgian?? I got a little oakiness, but it's not overwhelming. I get a little vanilla with a some dark fruits and that's about it. OK

Mouthfell is solid and fairly thick. Carbonation is low and that's OK for this style.

Not a homerun, but a decent beer I won't seek out again. There are too many other beers out there for the price.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bjohnson
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with a thin one finger off white head that dissipates quickly leaving only a tight circle of skim in the center of the glass and a nice soft looking rim around the edge. Some floaties, but I don't mind. Licorice and butterscotch notes. Earthy, woody, and spicy. Aged in bourbon barrels? Bourbon notes are actually quite strong, but not boozy. Vanilla aromas also are present.

Vanilla and dark fruit notes (figs and raisins) are the first to cross the taste buds. Bourbon barrel notes are noticeable but subtle like. Coconut flavors with a sweet softness. Citrus fruit notes aren't very big, but are noticeable as the brew warms up a bit. Nice spicy alcohol laden thickness, like that of a cloud, emanates from the walls of the mouth. Smooth mouthfeel. Booze is very present, but not the main player--it's big, but still subdued. An interesting and complex brew. One that I'm thankful for getting the chance to try.

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A fairly deep red hue with a thin head that has decent retention before falling to a thin film ;lacing is very intricate and delicate

S: The aromas begin rather subdued and seemingly simple: some faintly toasted malts, subtle herbal and grassy hops and then the aromas seem to come alive--cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, figs, raisins, maple syrup, brown sugar; it is still somewhat subtle and not in-your-face but it is still quite complex

T: The spiciness is the first thing I notice: cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. on top of a dark fruity backbone--raisins, figs, etc.; lots of subtle boozy, semi-sweet undertones from the maltiness; it does end up being balanced in the finish but the spiciness is a tad overwhelming on the onset

F: Medium body with some residual stickiness that gives the body more texture

O: I really like this beer though I want to see what a couple of years will do to mellow some of the spicing and molasses flavors

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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours an amber color with almost no head. Visible carbonation bubbles

S-sweet and malty. Smells of vanilla and something sort of earthy, maybe the oak

T-very similar to the smell, sweet and full of malt. As Founder's says an insane focus on the malt, which is very true! Towards the middle/end you taste a very light bitter hops which helps even it out very nicely.

M-medium to full body, minimal carbonation, very smooth, thick, and dry

D-very good Old Ale, I would get it again. Not sure I could have more than one at a time, but it is great for what it is

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4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark honey-brown color with a fingers worth of off white colored head. Leaves walls of lacing as the head dissipates. The nose brings notes of bready, dark, caramel and sweet malts with the high ABV well masked. The taste follows the nose quite closely here. Sweet caramel, roasted toffee, bready malts. 0 hop characteristics. No bitterness. The mouthfeel is creamy and fulfilling as it coats the palate.

Bottom Line: This brew is very well balanced and offers some great sweet tastes that aren't seen in many other brews. The intensity and richness make this one a sipper but with the superbly masked ABV, this can be hard to do. I do wish it was cheaper but you get what you pay for 10 fold here with Curmedgeon.

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,744 ratings.