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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: 3,608
Reviews: 1,105
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 140
Gots: 680 | FT: 47
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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2/5  rDev -50.1%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark amber and I got a very big frothy off-white head. The aroma is mainly fruity (cherry???) with some medicinal notes (like a dentist's office).

The first thing I taste is sweetness from the malt, then in mid-palate it gives way to alcohol. I can definitely taste the alcohol here. It produces a taste that's more suited to Cisco or some other ``bum wine'' than a beer of this calibre. To be fair, the description of Old Ale on this website describes it as having sharp alcohol characteristics, so perhaps I should be giving it high marks for this instead of criticizing. Still, it's making it difficult for my (lousy) tongue to detect bitterness from the hops or any other elusive flavors that may be present.

Curmudgeon may well be the best representation of this style available on the market today, and I wouldn't know it because I have little experience with Old Ales. Would I buy this again? Probably not. Would I buy any other beers of this style? Possibly, but there are other styles I prefer much more. Still, given Founders' reputation and the quality of their other beers, I'm very glad I tried this one.

deadonhisfeet, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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?

cindyjeffsmith, May 12, 2010
Photo of salthemonster
4/5  rDev -0.2%

salthemonster, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of kirok1999
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very light copper, nice white head that quickly fades.
Smells of nice sweet malts, vanilla, oak.
Tastes even better than the smell. Super nice carbonation makes this very smooth. Nice dark fruits, raisins, caramel, vanilla. The alcohol is well hidden, hardly noticed it at all in the taste.
Exactly what an old ale should be. Thick, creamy and sweet. One of the best out there.

kirok1999, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of grumpygerman
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

grumpygerman, Sep 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

ironchefmiyagi13, Jul 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

EB1, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of projectflam86
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep murky orange/toffee color with a thin white foam head that leaves some scattered lacing.

S- Coconut, alcohol, and dark fruit are by far the easiest scents to pick out. Fairly musty.

T- A nice caramel/toffee flavor initially that gives way to fruit and coconut tastes in the finish. The alcohol is quite prominent and the aftertaste is similar to a coconut rum.

M- Decent carbonation and a medium/full body.

D- A decent brew that didn't quite live up to expectations.

projectflam86, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of patm1986
4.25/5  rDev +6%

patm1986, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

wiltznucs, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of kmo1030
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazed slightly murky dark brown beer with very little head. pretty much what one expects from an old ale.
the aroma contains tangy vanilla, caramel, something like a roasted coconut, soft bourbon, toffee, a little booze, that nice "aged" aroma (don't know how better to describe it, but it's not oxidation), oak and some fruity vinous characteristics maybe like raisins... in no particular order.
the taste moves in about exactly the direction i want it to judging form the smell. vanilla bourbon oak, but not in the overdone, masking way that it seems to be used sometimes. caramel and toffee make their appearance spiced raisin flavors here to,but pretty minimal taking a back seat to a lot of maltyness.
soft, slick coating mouthfeel, medium bodied, with minimal carbonation.
good drinkability the alcohol is present, but never burns or becomes abrasive, it just stays pleasant and warming.

kmo1030, Jun 06, 2006
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

jk3, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

jroberts8811, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

TubaDan, Apr 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

BKBassist, Jan 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

user785335, May 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

1424IpA, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is pineapple (heavily) accented liquor that I assume is bourbon, but could pass for rum in a crowded bar. The aroma is quite unusual though and curiously it is more easily discerned sniffing from the bottle than from my snifter. In the bottle the aroma is heavily bourbon with some pineapple understones. In the glass the two mesh equally and a bit of floral hops lays beneath. The body is opaque and brown/amber in color. It had a head the size of a quarter, but only very briefly. The fore is a blast of smooth sweet malts and bourbon...lots of bourbon. Oak, vanilla (combining to coconut) and the faintest traces of sweet tropical fruits follow. I want to know where these bourbon barrels came from. Tastes a lot like a a bourbon with melted ice, but the thick palate and smooth malt undertones keep it from getting too far down the road away from the realm of beer. It’s a heady drink and I swear I get a lingering pineapple/ malibu rum flavor in the far aftertase. A sipper for sure.

Jredner, Jun 30, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Wayne17, Apr 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

lonewolfcry, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of SawDog505
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16 oz snifter, bottled on 2/15/13. Pours a beautiful deep amber with a two inch off white head, that leaves webs of lace. Smell is vanilla, dark fruit, brown sugar, bready, and apple. Taste is all of that with vanilla and brown sugar starting the party, with some figgy dark fruit in the finish. Body is medium large, nice amount of carbonation, maybe s little dry, and nice drinkability. I am more of hop forward drinker, but this is really solid.

SawDog505, Mar 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

JakeDebus, Nov 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

csustar001, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of ramrod666
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

ramrod666, Apr 29, 2014
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,608 ratings.