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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: 3,453
Reviews: 1,095
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 133
Gots: 623 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-13-2012 20:33:47 | More by danthehopslamman
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-05-2014 18:46:54 | More by MikeWard
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-12-2013 22:36:41 | More by wiltznucs
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-30-2013 00:31:48 | More by woodchip
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

06-19-2014 04:41:26 | More by tykechandler
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4.38/5  rDev +9%

appearance: Dark amber with a slight creamy head.
smell: Very nice malty, buttery, port like nose. Aged in oak? That's obvious in the nose.
taste: Oh man, the taste delivers what the nose projects and then some. Smooth oh yeah. I'm puttin a few of these back. What will a little time do to this beauty?
mouthfeel: full, creamy, silky.
drinkability: This one is dangerous. Almost too drinkable.
Is Founders great or what?

05-12-2010 22:35:22 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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New York

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

A - This beer pours a deep ruby amber color. It has a little more than a finger of off-white head on it. The head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind.

S - It smells sweet with caramel malts and vanilla. There is quite a big alcohol presence. I am also getting some dark fruit, cherries, oak, some nuttiness, and some toffee.

T - The taste follows the nose pretty well. There is a big caramel malt and vanilla presence at first. There are also flavors of oak, dark fruits, nuts, and booze. The booze is less present than it is in the nose. The finish leaves some lingering sweetness and booziness.

M - This has a medium body and moderate carbonation. It goes down smooth and has a somewhat sticky sweet feel to it. It coats the mouth quite nicely. There is quite a bit of alcohol warmth in the finish.

O - The drinkability here is pretty good. It goes down smooth and the flavor is very nice. This is definitely a sipper. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It is a bit on the boozy side, but I would definitely buy it again. I recommend trying it out if you haven't.

06-24-2011 06:32:45 | More by JizackFH
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3.48/5  rDev -13.4%

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) is a decent old ale that doesn;t take the style that far.

A: Orange colour and decent head that fades to edge lacing. 4

S: Oxidised cardboard with some malt. 3.25

T Oxidised cardboard flavour into dark malt and alcohol aftertaste. 3.5

M: Not especially carbonated. 3

O: Decent old ale but lacks that ridiculous sweet alcohol flavour that makes and old ale distinctive. Takes like an old oxidised DIPA. 3.5

07-03-2011 03:37:23 | More by vandemonian
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-23-2014 06:41:41 | More by AlexChillton
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-28-2013 14:27:28 | More by BeerCon5
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-06-2013 18:04:58 | More by comfortablynirm
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-14-2013 19:50:41 | More by kodt
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-18-2013 13:42:24 | More by drgonzo2k2
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3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

Grabbed a single of this in Cambridge. This will be my second time trying this brew, but the first as far as trying it from the bottle. Poured into my Stella glass a ruby color, with a small white heading. Smell is dominated by raisin, maple syrup, molasses and a bit of caramel. Taste is right along the same lines, with the maple syrup and raisins shining the most...is very sweet and sugary. Body is full and isn't afraid to throw its weight around with the alcohol. It is there and you will know it after a bottle. Great beer, but the intense flavors and in your face alcohol make it a difficult beer to drink. Reminds me a little bit of North Coast's Old Ale, which is also quite enjoyable. A beer to sit down and take your time with. Cheers

03-09-2008 04:05:37 | More by jamie2dope
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-23-2013 00:46:36 | More by tswater
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-10-2014 16:51:27 | More by Burkbom23
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3.73/5  rDev -7.2%

Bottled on 04/19/2012. 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Dark red body. Slightly hazy with some sediment and slime rolling into the glass in the last ounce. One finger off white head settles into a thin cap. Great lacing and retention with alcoholic legs.

S - Molasses, toffee, oak, brown sugar, plums, and a touch of vanilla. A bit harsh with some alcohol notes but incredibly sweet and inviting.

T - Strong toffee notes with some molasses, brown sugar, and caramelized dark fruit sweetness. Smooth with some oak and vanilla on the end. Boozy warmth with a lasting malt bitterness.

M - Low carbonation. Body is lightly syrupy and big on the booze.

O - Excellent aroma and a great taste, but the booze creeps up fast and becomes a bit too much. Some aging would do wonders on this beer, but at a few months old its not terribly impressive. I do prefer Old Stock to this.

09-28-2012 01:46:34 | More by davey101
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-02-2012 06:35:21 | More by BYOFB


4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-18-2013 01:00:37 | More by BUNZILLA
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-21-2014 23:11:45 | More by fthegiants
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3.9/5  rDev -3%

Poured from a squat Founders 12 oz bottle into an oversized snifter glass.

Pours a rich copper color, with a thin skin of head that quickly dissipates to a ring of head clinging to the glass.

Has a buttery, bready smell. There are notes of caramel, toffee, and malt.

Buttery in taste and texture, this is a rich beer. Toffee, alcohol, and straw combine for a taste that is "old", yet deeply complex. This is definitely a "fork and knife" beer.

This has a thick mouthfeel that adds to its depth in character.

Definitely a sipper, I don't think I could have two of these in a week, let alone in one night. However, it is enjoyable if you're in the mood for a hearty brew.

08-01-2010 21:00:40 | More by TheHoppiest
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

05-19-2014 19:46:23 | More by WritersBlock
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,453 ratings.