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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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3,376 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,376
Reviews: 1,086
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 126
Gots: 607 | 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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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep amber orange color with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly to wisps of foam on the surface. The aroma is sugary and malty with a clear bit of ethanol. Brown and caramelized sugars among dark pitted fruit and a solid hit of alcohol with little to no hop nose. The flavor is sweet with the rich dark sugars that were present in the nose. Added bonus is rich milk chocolate melded with dark fruits and again tempered with a hit of ethanol. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. Good beer, I could drink it, but I was expecting a bit more from Founders, this one didn't wow me.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 23:46:45 | More by johnnnniee
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: brown, perfect clarity. white head that leaves a lacing behind

Smell: malts, molasses sweetness, touch of oak, alcohol

Taste: dark crystal malts giving off sweetness and dark fruits, toffee, molasses, alcohol, oak. nicely complex and very hot. very unique

Mouthfeel: warming, heavy and pretty creamy

Overall: A great beer. taste good fresh but improves with age. a good one to find on the shelves every year and to buy a few and drink what you can and cellar the rest.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 19:01:06 | More by SportsandJorts
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mportnoy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-12-2013 04:53:37 | More by mportnoy
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Mattyb79

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-12-2013 00:02:49 | More by Mattyb79
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PoolFishGolf

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

03-11-2013 20:05:57 | More by PoolFishGolf
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Tek9ne

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-11-2013 19:22:49 | More by Tek9ne
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ramblinwreck101

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

03-11-2013 16:01:48 | More by ramblinwreck101
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Sparty55

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-11-2013 03:15:29 | More by Sparty55
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Kerrie

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-11-2013 01:26:34 | More by Kerrie
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dheacck11

Connecticut

3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice deep burnt orange color with thin head and scant lacing.

Honey, caramel, malt on the nose.

Little shot of scotch to start, followed by ripe wood, honeysuckle, some hints of molasses. Very gentle hoppiness. Not boozy at all

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little bite at the end. Ends up feeling thicker than it actually is at first.

A solid old ale example, but could be a little more complex with the scotch flavors. Would also have liked a little bit more body, and to taste the booze a little bit...

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 23:32:49 | More by dheacck11
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Shankopotamus

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-10-2013 21:09:06 | More by Shankopotamus
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-10-2013 19:47:24 | More by spycow
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Michigan

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-10-2013 04:35:16 | More by Michigan
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Skramer

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-10-2013 02:51:52 | More by Skramer
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Buckeye982

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-10-2013 01:51:37 | More by Buckeye982
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fullmoonbeer

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -31.4%

03-10-2013 01:08:41 | More by fullmoonbeer
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ShreddedThumb

Michigan

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

As a Michigan resident, Founders Beers are widely available.
This month, Curmudgeon was released, and I was keen on purchasing a bottle.

Appearance: The color of the beer is darker than I had expected, and I was pleased by the appearance. Obviously not opaque, but a musky, dark orange with pleasant lacing.

Smell: Musk. Very unique. I like it, but at the same time, the olfactory factors do not stand out like other beers.

Taste: Up front, some fairly bitter notes are followed by smoothness. And then, an explosion of smoke, musk, and dark malty tastes erupt on the back of my mouth and tongue. I really enjoy the taste, and if I was to compare, Fat Tire is fairly similar to Curmudgeon; however, Fat Tire has lesser aroma and taste qualities.

Mouthfeel: Fairly enjoyable, but nothing special. The taste is where Curmudgeon excels.

Overall: In Michigan, Founders is extremely common, and the Grand Rapids brewery essentially shares the Michigan crown with Bells (out of Kalamazoo). I will seek Curm out in the future. I was impressed by the taste, considering my enjoyment of Fat Tire and other oakey beers. Look out for this beer, and please pick it up if you have the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 23:51:07 | More by ShreddedThumb
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Dyerseve

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-09-2013 22:03:57 | More by Dyerseve
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cozmo

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-09-2013 21:42:00 | More by cozmo
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mnphish

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-09-2013 20:08:24 | More by mnphish
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tourdot

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-09-2013 19:47:14 | More by tourdot
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-09-2013 16:51:58 | More by Mikecap
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NateMac13

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

03-09-2013 16:47:06 | More by NateMac13
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bluntedboywonder

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-09-2013 04:05:49 | More by bluntedboywonder
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JohnBender

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-09-2013 03:41:36 | More by JohnBender
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,376 ratings.