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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,503 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,503
Reviews: 1,099
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 137
Gots: 631 | 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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aranton

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-27-2013 00:46:09 | More by aranton
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Dave1999

North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +9.5%

Pours a deep dark brownish amber with a small white head.

The smell is molasses,caramel and spices.

The taste is malty, caramel, brandy, vanila with a touch of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is is fairly thick with medium carbonation.

This is a tasty beer, rich and full of flavour. Pretty sweet like a brandy liqueur.

03-26-2013 21:59:14 | More by Dave1999
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Fetching

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

03-26-2013 06:24:19 | More by Fetching
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AleApostle

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

03-26-2013 01:19:08 | More by AleApostle
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garfscores

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-26-2013 00:24:02 | More by garfscores
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%

a really brilliant example of the style, and the time on oak really brings this to life. pours sort of a hazy burnt caramel color, and boasts a nice lathery off white head with outstanding retention. it smells extremely sweet, molasses and cane sugar, and a lot of alcohol. smells a lot like en English barleywine actually, with a similar malt profile. the flavor though is what makes this special. while it is intensely sweet, there is a lot more to it. there is some bready malt that reminds me of teacakes, there is a butterscotch character that coupled with the oak is simply sensational, and the alcohol, while strong, is also sort of inviting, its warming and friendly, easy up easy down, and that's hard to accomplish I think. very woody in the finish, and again very sweet. relaxed carbonation is ample, and the body is colossal. its not something I would drink everyday, that's for sure, but its a heck of a beer, really well built, and guilty of getting me pleasantly drunker than I anticipated. founders always rocks, and this old ale is true to form.

03-25-2013 18:42:18 | More by StonedTrippin
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smutty33

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-25-2013 17:34:18 | More by smutty33
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jsteele

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-25-2013 12:07:21 | More by jsteele
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beersvh23

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-25-2013 03:34:56 | More by beersvh23
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Apathetiq

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-25-2013 02:40:11 | More by Apathetiq
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Schmuckles

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-25-2013 01:33:30 | More by Schmuckles
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ScottP

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-25-2013 00:41:39 | More by ScottP
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WCW

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-24-2013 23:11:50 | More by WCW
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Zkman87

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-24-2013 22:01:49 | More by Zkman87
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Howler89

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Wow. What a pleasure to be rating this beer as my very first on BA. My good friend Clayton gave me this one from his trip to the midwest. My favorite part of beer in the past 2 years has been the friendship it comes with. A special thanks to my good friend StonedTrippin (Ben) for showing me the way.

Now for this founders GEM. There are a couple of things that really stand out for me. I have a had a few beers that call themselves "Old Ales" but I have never had one this crisp. I poured it into a Burgundy wine glass carefully and got only a fine carmel dust of a head. A thin cloud if you will. The color is a very clear redish-orange that reminds me of a good whiskey. THe aroma is very gentle. Really stick your nose in this one to pick up some of the subtleties. My intitual take away is twix candy bars, whiskey, chocolate-covered coffee bean, and almonds. VERY SWEET. Im anticipating a cavity here folks. My frist sip surprises me a bunch. I expect a smooth and heavy velvety liquid, but what I get is surprisingly thin liquid that dances around in the mouth like soda water. The time this spends in oak comes through aggressively in the flavor. Whiskey right up front, followed by all the candy, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, pecan pie, and sweet potato even. THe bitter is in the finish and at 50 IBU id say this is very respectable. The bitterness lasts 3 times longer than the flavor and almost sticks around as if to say "take another sip." Its right on the back of my throat hanging there like a vampire bat. THe alcohol is there, but at 9.8 abv this beer will definitely trick you into getting wasted fast.

I really like this. I have friends that would be more critical I think. Its a pretty sweet brew which I like, but the mouthfeel here is what I see as the standout factor which separates this old ale from others I have had. A great brew next to thanksgiving dinner.

B+ to A- depending on who is drinking it.

03-24-2013 03:27:46 | More by Howler89
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-24-2013 03:17:35 | More by Eaglefan344
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MeowMixz

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-23-2013 23:41:10 | More by MeowMixz
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Jamison85

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-23-2013 23:31:03 | More by Jamison85
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Jslay013

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-23-2013 21:37:55 | More by Jslay013
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-23-2013 19:11:34 | More by Sparky44
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BGsWo22

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-23-2013 18:48:48 | More by BGsWo22
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DrGonzoDDS

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-23-2013 15:57:59 | More by DrGonzoDDS
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-23-2013 14:21:41 | More by smartassboiler
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Lastop

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +24.7%

03-23-2013 14:04:33 | More by Lastop
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Colosdog

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

03-23-2013 13:31:25 | More by Colosdog
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,503 ratings.