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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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3,381 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,381
Reviews: 1,088
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 127
Gots: 608 | FT: 44
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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Ratings: 3,381 | Reviews: 1,088 | Display Reviews Only:
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

04-20-2013 18:29:11 | More by JakerLou
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Agentveba

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6%

09-12-2013 04:27:24 | More by Agentveba
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6%

05-05-2014 18:46:54 | More by MikeWard
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6%

06-06-2013 18:04:58 | More by comfortablynirm
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WritersBlock

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

05-19-2014 19:46:23 | More by WritersBlock
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-11-2014 00:09:28 | More by JamesStreet
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a tulip. Amber body with some red tint. Good one finger head that leaves plenty of lacing.

The aroma is pretty faint. A little bready malt and a note of fruit. Not a great set up.

Fortunately the flavors surpass the aroma. Sweet caramel and brown sugar blend with some spicy notes. A little citrus and good biscuity malt finish.

The alcohol is definitely noticeable but doesn't detract. Medium body and appropriate carbonation. Very solid offering and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2011 17:51:07 | More by FanofHefe
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tastymug

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-31-2013 17:13:35 | More by tastymug
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.55/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this awful beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was the color of gasoline. The beer poured with no head at all. The beer smelled sour and had a sour taste that was not pleasant at all. Little bit of a burn to it and earthy tasting. I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 22:29:19 | More by Minkybut
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kodt

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

04-14-2013 19:50:41 | More by kodt
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csmartin6

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

09-03-2012 15:10:48 | More by csmartin6
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closisinthehouse

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6%

08-14-2013 20:39:31 | More by closisinthehouse
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wiltznucs

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Very hazy amber with only a slight head -- orange on pour but settling out to an off white ring of bubbles around edge of glass. Low carbonation.

S & T = Smells of maple syrup, coconut and vanilla, with tastes of the same. I get a really strong flavor of coconut and a hint of sweet pineapple, almost like a Pina Colada. Also some flavors of spices and hay. Relatively sweet, good long finish.

M = Medium-heavy body, very good mouthcoating, low carbonation not quite as luxurious as I would like, but decent.

D = It tastes good and goes down easily but it also gets a bit cloying, so I cannot recommend it as having high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 23:38:13 | More by Traquairlover
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JakeDebus

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-04-2013 15:09:13 | More by JakeDebus
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mkennedy119

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

10-22-2012 20:14:29 | More by mkennedy119
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chilidog

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd been waiting to stumble upon Old Curmudg for some time, I'm glad I finally got some. This is my second bottle of the four. A clean palate makes a differance.

It pours a toffee reddish murk. A good tan head that maintained well. Lace was wise like as it bearded the glass lightly.

The aroma was mild though malted vanilla and oak could be noticed. The flavors of the taste pop the hints of the nose.
Good caramel malts spashed in a rum like vanilla bean raisin.
Bourbon barral notes carry thru though the alcohol is mild given the 9.3%. Its very smooth and easy on the mouth.
The non-intrusive alcohol aids this very drinkable old ale.
A wise Old Ale indeed!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 20:08:37 | More by chilidog
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oelergud

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chubby 12oz brown glass bottle with a twist off cap and a label showing what I assume is a curmudgeon. 9.8 abv per the label.
Nice ruby body with next to no head, on agitation a tan cramy head appears briefly hence no lace.
Very inviting scent. Sweet malts with vanilla and a note of scotch, alcohol and wood.
Creamy vanilla hoppy flavor with plenty of wood notes, very nice flavor again with scotch notes. The aftertaste is long lasting and full of vanilla wood.
Medium full body with good coating and a nice sticky feel from residual sugars.
Excellent drinkability, far from your run of the mill craft beer. This ale will make any old curmudgeon crack a grin.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 02:15:02 | More by oelergud
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GRPunk

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Older twist-top bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A- A normal pour left a 1/2 finger, tan head that drops to a thin foam leaving good spots on the glass. The body was a murky, brown-red with some sediment floaties.

S- Boozy goodness. Raisin and caramel aromas initially. There was almost a warming sensation in the the aroma alone. The complexity left something of tobacco, spices, and vanilla at different times. With a little warmth, the caramel became more of a maple scent.

T- Much as the aroma suggests, I got a complex combination of raisins, caramel, and a boozy burn in the finish. Lighter hopping gives something of a citrus and pine quality. There's some maple as the beer warms slightly.

M- It's nicely viscus with low carbonation. There's a little hop bite with a good dose of alcohol at the back of the throat.

D- It has great flavor and makes for a nice winter sipper. It's very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 22:09:26 | More by GRPunk
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this as a generous extra. Bottle from 2008.

Poured into giant Dogfish Head snifter. Hazy brown with a hint of red. Not much head, but that always happens with this glass and all the surface area.

Not a very powerful aroma here. A hint of sweet citrus, like orange candy or something like that.

The taste is surprisingly hoppy for the age and style. Nice sweet start to the beer and it hints at maltiness, but the finish is bitter citrus with a hint of tartness that adds complexity. Very enjoyable to sip on.

Average mouthfeel; not too carbonated which works well for the ABV. This is a great sipper I'd love to compare to a fresh bottle. I really liked this a lot.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 04:48:00 | More by andrewinski1
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

04-21-2013 21:11:58 | More by tedho21
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottling date seems to have disappeared...but if I can remember correctly, this is about 8 months old.

A - a deep ruby body with hints of orange. A nice thing. A small white head and thick ring top it off.

S - pretty heavy on sweet caramel malts. some dark fruits and roast. Very sweet and malty.

T - a lot more roasted character than in the nose. biscuity, dry, earthy, fruity. Not so bad.

M - big and full and thick. Really good feel.

O - this is a pretty good beer, i think. It might do better with a bit more age, but it tastes pretty good and has a lot going on.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 04:19:46 | More by ColdPoncho
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TCgoalie

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.2%

12-29-2011 19:46:28 | More by TCgoalie
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Docrock

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

04-09-2013 00:43:12 | More by Docrock
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AJ01923

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-19-2013 02:34:24 | More by AJ01923
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,381 ratings.