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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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90
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3,279 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,279
Reviews: 1,083
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 123
Gots: 583 | FT: 42
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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JimmyP


4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-19-2012 23:00:17 | More by JimmyP
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-19-2012 02:35:00 | More by t0rin0
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 2012. Tasted 8 November 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a medium dusty amber brown. Can't see through it, but I can see far enough into it to detect some little particles suspended in it. Surprised by that, as I can't remember another Founders beer that had yeast or floaties in it. Half finger of yellowish head, gone fast little lacing. Not the best on appearance.

Smell is malty and rich, full of dark fruit. Slightly smoky. Also has a light alcoholic air.

Taste is definitely in the realm that I'm looking for, but it's not much beyond that. Malty, semi-sweet, and tasty, but lacking real depth. I don't know, I guess I was expecting more from this beer. Alcohol presence was big at first, but faded as it warmed. It reminds me a great barleywine that's had the best of it sucked out.

Medium-heavy body, kinda weighing on my tongue. Medium-low carbonation. Feel is just fine.

This beer is close to being really good, but it's lacking the punch, the depth, the pronounced flavors that I was hoping for. Not bad, but for a big malty beer (which I tend to love), it didn't wow me.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 20:18:52 | More by zeledonia
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DaleMcMutt

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

11-17-2012 15:20:09 | More by DaleMcMutt
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Anonymous1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-16-2012 07:43:06 | More by Anonymous1
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Goobastic

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-16-2012 03:12:23 | More by Goobastic
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VernonKell

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-15-2012 22:26:46 | More by VernonKell
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HoppyPeteSkolnik31

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-15-2012 19:34:12 | More by HoppyPeteSkolnik31
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sneaks2210

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

11-15-2012 03:19:26 | More by sneaks2210
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avschmitt

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-14-2012 20:49:07 | More by avschmitt
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TreLey

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

11-14-2012 03:18:24 | More by TreLey
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robmoak

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-13-2012 17:05:55 | More by robmoak
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felixljr

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-13-2012 03:42:48 | More by felixljr
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MCBrigno

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

11-12-2012 02:34:25 | More by MCBrigno
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Boilerfood

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-11-2012 23:21:43 | More by Boilerfood
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Rupert50

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-11-2012 17:13:30 | More by Rupert50
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SourAddict

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-11-2012 09:00:04 | More by SourAddict
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-10-2012 04:16:53 | More by JeffTheJuice
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tbone1384

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-09-2012 15:03:15 | More by tbone1384
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RandyKemka

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

11-09-2012 03:16:41 | More by RandyKemka
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DouglasChasse

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-06-2012 23:32:57 | More by DouglasChasse
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tall thin glass at the Cloverleaf Tavern for their Founders event.

Curmudgeon Old Ale pours an opaque amber, with some scattered straight orange highlights. A bit more than a finger of bone colored foam caps the beer. Head retention is alright, and there's just a little lacing left behind. Caramel, oak, and biscuity aromas all leap out of the glass towards my nose, with none dominating above the others. There's a prominent note of very caramelized brown sugar in the flavor profile. Waves of toffee, toasty bread, vanilla, and oak fall in to create a very layered flavor profile. The body is full, though not quite chewy, and well short of cloying. The carbonation is on the muted side, completing the picture for a solid malt forward mouthfeel. Curmudgeon is just another entry in Founders' impressive stable of malt forwars beers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2012 23:20:46 | More by axeman9182
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Auztan

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

11-06-2012 18:12:37 | More by Auztan
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outdoor7or24

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Would buy again.
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.
A: autumn caramel brown, one finger head that dissipates, carbonation, sediment
S: wow, caramel, malt, biscuit, spice (heat)
M: medium and creamy, covers the tongue with a sticky malt
T: caramel malt, salt, dark fruit, spice (heat)
O: great beer for the cooler days

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 11:34:45 | More by outdoor7or24
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BrettD

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -0.2%

11-06-2012 05:18:46 | More by BrettD
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,279 ratings.