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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: 3,871
Reviews: 1,134
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 156
Gots: 770 | FT: 47
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-31-2005

Old ale brewed with molasses and oak-aged.

50 IBU
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice deep burnt orange color with thin head and scant lacing.

Honey, caramel, malt on the nose.

Little shot of scotch to start, followed by ripe wood, honeysuckle, some hints of molasses. Very gentle hoppiness. Not boozy at all

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little bite at the end. Ends up feeling thicker than it actually is at first.

A solid old ale example, but could be a little more complex with the scotch flavors. Would also have liked a little bit more body, and to taste the booze a little bit...

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

As a Michigan resident, Founders Beers are widely available.
This month, Curmudgeon was released, and I was keen on purchasing a bottle.

Appearance: The color of the beer is darker than I had expected, and I was pleased by the appearance. Obviously not opaque, but a musky, dark orange with pleasant lacing.

Smell: Musk. Very unique. I like it, but at the same time, the olfactory factors do not stand out like other beers.

Taste: Up front, some fairly bitter notes are followed by smoothness. And then, an explosion of smoke, musk, and dark malty tastes erupt on the back of my mouth and tongue. I really enjoy the taste, and if I was to compare, Fat Tire is fairly similar to Curmudgeon; however, Fat Tire has lesser aroma and taste qualities.

Mouthfeel: Fairly enjoyable, but nothing special. The taste is where Curmudgeon excels.

Overall: In Michigan, Founders is extremely common, and the Grand Rapids brewery essentially shares the Michigan crown with Bells (out of Kalamazoo). I will seek Curm out in the future. I was impressed by the taste, considering my enjoyment of Fat Tire and other oakey beers. Look out for this beer, and please pick it up if you have the opportunity.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A dark, transparent amber color. Absolutely gorgeous to look at when I poured it. Kept the white head nice and thin when I poured it. Beautiful bubbles as well

S: Smells like molasses and caramel

T: Syrup, caramel, toffee, sweet. Dark and oaky in taste. Great taste all around.

M: Smooth but a little thick

Overall: Holy crap what a great beer. Founders is one of my favorite breweries, especially as of late. This beer proves again why I freakin' love this brewery.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On the way out of the liqour store, I noticed this and decided to grab a four pack. I have heard a lot about it and, of course, Founders is one of my favorite breweries. So this should be good.

Appearance - This is certainly the best part of the brew, for sure. Pours a clear, strikingly bright amber color with a nice one finger that has decent retention. Leaves solid lacing at the top of the pour, nothing else really to speak of. Like the old crusty bastard on the packaging as well.

Smell - Molasses, caramel malts, sweetness, and some dark fruits. A bit of of the oak comes through as well.

Taste - A lot like it smells. THe sweetness is ever-present on the palate, but doesn't detract or become overwhelming. There is certainly a booze taste to it as well, especially as it warms. The bready malts really come through as the brew warms as well.

Mouthfeel - The warmer the beer gets, the more booze can be detected. When it reaches room temperature, its almost like a shot of whiskey! Maybe thats an exaggeration, but booze is the main mover on the finish. A nice warming sensation

Overall - This is a pretty good beer. Nothing you need to run out and buy right now, but I woud recommend giving it a try while it is out. This beer isn't as good as most of Founders year-long lineup, but it is unique and worth a try. Give this a shot next chance you get.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

well I just picked up a 4 pack of this years release, so I decided to pop one of last years and give it a review.

Pours a hazy deep orangish amber color, not much head.

Smell is molasses, dark fruits, toffee and a wee bit of oak shining through, not the most pungent aroma but very refined.

Taste is a lot of caramel, toffee, sweet molasses, oaky and a stange herbal hop flavor that I do not much care for, with out that note it would be next to perfect.

Mouthfeel is silky and full, low carbonation, finishes rather dry.

I liked it, I will continue to by a couple of 4 packs every year, It may not be the most flashy beer out there but it is damn good none the less!

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