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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: 3,567
Reviews: 1,103
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 137
Gots: 664 | FT: 48
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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Photo of dogfishandi
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. No bottling date.

Pours a nice deep chestnut red color, with a bit of haze. A thick, tight off white head sticks around for a few minutes before fading to a ring. Some spotty drippy lace left on the glass.

Really not a whole lot of aroma at first. Ripe dark fruits, brown sugar, some booze as it warms, almost bourbon like, and slight hints of flint stone vitamin orange?

A really nice taste when compared to what the aroma suggested. A bit of ripe dark fruit, but a real nice molasses/ brown sugar that combines with a dark bread flavor, think pumpernickel or rye bread, this is the flavor that really does it for me.

Thick, full bodied mouthfeel, sticky, really coats the mouth.

Quite a malt bomb. I wasn't expecting to really enjoy this beer as much as I did. Leaps and bounds better than old stock ale. Should age nicely.

dogfishandi, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of wdarcy77
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

wdarcy77, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of tim28
4/5  rDev -0.2%

tim28, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Zanico
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Zanico, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. 1/28/13 bottling date.

Pours a dark amber color with a very light white head. Smell is quite appealing...very sweet notes if caramel and sweet candy. digging the nose on this one. Taste is more of the same... its very sweet tasting. Hints of caramel and toffee and laffy taffy flavor. Extremely sweet beer, but its not a bad thing in this case. It works quite well! Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, light carbonation. ABV is apparent in the belly and going down but not on the palate.

Overall this one is another good offering from Founders. You never know what to expect from Old Ales as they are all so different, but this one is a winner.

Axnjxn, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of nwatson
4/5  rDev -0.2%

nwatson, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of MikeCactusGordon
4.25/5  rDev +6%

MikeCactusGordon, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of mattparsons
4/5  rDev -0.2%

mattparsons, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of ucsbmullet
5/5  rDev +24.7%

ucsbmullet, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Dave_Treat
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Dave_Treat, Mar 14, 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
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Durge, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of Scott1020
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Scott1020, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of linnymtu
4.25/5  rDev +6%

linnymtu, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of wmobley
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

wmobley, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Drew26
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Drew26, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
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.

johnnnniee, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of SportsandJorts
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.

SportsandJorts, Mar 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

mportnoy, Mar 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Mattyb79, Mar 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

PoolFishGolf, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Tek9ne, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of ramblinwreck101
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

ramblinwreck101, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Sparty55
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Sparty55, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Kerrie
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Kerrie, Mar 11, 2013
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,567 ratings.