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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: 3,529
Reviews: 1,102
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 135
Gots: 651 | 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.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

JimmyP, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

t0rin0, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

zeledonia, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

DaleMcMutt, Nov 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Anonymous1, Nov 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Goobastic, Nov 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

sneaks2210, Nov 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

avschmitt, Nov 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

TreLey, Nov 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

robmoak, Nov 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

felixljr, Nov 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

MCBrigno, Nov 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Boilerfood, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Rupert50, Nov 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

SourAddict, Nov 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

JeffTheJuice, Nov 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

tbone1384, Nov 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

RandyKemka, Nov 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

DouglasChasse, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

axeman9182, Nov 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Auztan, Nov 06, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +10.5%

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

outdoor7or24, Nov 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

BrettD, Nov 06, 2012
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,529 ratings.