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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
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3,455 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,455
Reviews: 1,095
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 133
Gots: 623 | 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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chippo33

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

12-04-2012 04:04:52 | More by chippo33
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stabbingcontest

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-03-2012 21:25:19 | More by stabbingcontest
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DrinkMoreBigBeers

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

Aged bottle with a date of 4/26/12.

A - Poured out a one finger off white head that dissapated fast. Appears well carbonated with small bubbles streaming up. It is a reddish brown color that really looks lovely when held up to the light and gets a nice reddish dark ruby color. Slight lacing left behind on the glass.

S - Can you say malt bomb with sweet caramel, butter scotch, vanilla, and oak barrels. Not detecting alcohol at this point on this one.

T - Taste follows the nose pretty well with tons of malts - starting with caramel sweetness, vanilla, alcohol, toffee, and slight oak barrels. Still a little more boozy then I would like at this point being 7 months old. Leave an aftertaste of the alcohol, might be better in another year or so. However, still a rather pleasant beer.

M - This one is full bodied and really soft in the mouth with a good amount of carbonation to keep the flavors moving through your palate.

O - This is probably my least favorite beer from Founders, in yet I still enjoy it. I just wish it was slightly less boozy in the aftertaste. I will age some more of this for another year and see if the alcohol dies off. Could be an awesome beer with a couple of years on it, we shall see. Cheers!

12-03-2012 00:51:31 | More by DrinkMoreBigBeers
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BYOFB

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-02-2012 06:35:21 | More by BYOFB
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-02-2012 04:57:43 | More by Hugonaut13
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Robdrinx

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-01-2012 04:40:30 | More by Robdrinx
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JLG193

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-30-2012 14:57:21 | More by JLG193
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ThirstyHowellthe3rd

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-28-2012 02:06:25 | More by ThirstyHowellthe3rd
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e30todamax

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-27-2012 13:07:17 | More by e30todamax
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avalonct

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-27-2012 02:32:53 | More by avalonct
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K_Diggity

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-27-2012 00:57:37 | More by K_Diggity
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NickyDee21

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-26-2012 23:49:05 | More by NickyDee21
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marshmeli

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-26-2012 16:24:42 | More by marshmeli
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harmoniousplinth

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-26-2012 13:49:55 | More by harmoniousplinth
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SLeffler27

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Curmudgeon pours dark copper with fine sediment in suspension. In the Dogfish Head snifter, the beer is dark amber with a late-erupting head. The cascade glistens cedar gold as it builds a fine, off-white, creamy head that lasts five minutes and leaves a coating of lace.

The aroma includes caramelized sugar, dried fig, prunes, and some whiskey.

Initial sweetness gives way to light bitterness. Dark fruits lead the way with raisins and dried figs. The finish is light and lingering. Warmth brings out light rum flavors and a progression of character.

A smooth body that is full, yet creamy, with light carbonation and, after four years in the bottle, a modest sense of warming alcohol.

Age has served this Curmudgeon well as the booziness from a young bottle is now well checked. This works well for sipping while reading.

This label is an example of how Founders artwork elevates beer. More importantly, scowl aside, the label reminds me of George :-)

11-25-2012 21:13:57 | More by SLeffler27
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halo913

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-24-2012 17:19:17 | More by halo913
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gkwai87

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

11-24-2012 03:38:14 | More by gkwai87
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-24-2012 02:24:17 | More by ChrisMon02
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BlakeAM

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-23-2012 23:55:23 | More by BlakeAM
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CraftBeerGuild

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-22-2012 12:16:12 | More by CraftBeerGuild
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Skye1024

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

11-22-2012 03:25:58 | More by Skye1024
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-22-2012 00:55:07 | More by IPAchris
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

11-21-2012 21:22:33 | More by heddar33
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baker2gs

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-21-2012 14:45:41 | More by baker2gs
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

A - dark amber with a thin, white layer of head that fades quickly

S - caramel, cake batter, sweet, bread, toffee, faint alcohol

T - caramel, bread, fruit, faint bitterness

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, perfectly carbonated

This is a nice, malty beer that is very enjoyable. The malts are very nicely balanced and the bitterness is more like a coffee-like bitterness rather than hop-like. My only disappointment is that the sweetness from the nose didn't follow in the taste. Honestly, that's only because I have a fondness for cake batter sweetness in beers. Ultimately, this is an enjoyable, drinkable beer with a nice flavor profile. It's well worth a try.

11-21-2012 02:28:10 | More by tdm168
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,455 ratings.