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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: 3,691
Reviews: 1,109
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 141
Gots: 707 | FT: 46
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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4.25/5  rDev +6%

harmoniousplinth, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 :-)

SLeffler27, Nov 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

halo913, Nov 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

gkwai87, Nov 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

ChrisMon02, Nov 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

BlakeAM, Nov 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

CraftBeerGuild, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Skye1024
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Skye1024, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of IPAchris
4/5  rDev -0.2%

IPAchris, Nov 22, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

heddar33, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

baker2gs, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

tdm168, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of YCantWeNotBeSober
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged 8 months in bottle. I've had this beer fresh and it tasted young w/cloying hop bitterness. Aging for a while seems to help mellow out the hops, balance the beer, and bring out a lot more flavors.

A- Pours a majestic wood-like amber color. off-white head quickly dissipates, although lacing is present.

S- Sweet malt, Vanilla, Dark fruits (prunes), hop floral aroma, bread

T- Taste follows the nose, starting with sweet, cereal-like maltiness fading to flavors of dark fruit, some pear and other fruits. Finishes with a pleasant dry woodsy bitterness.

M- Full-bodied, chewy, almost a syrup like presence left on the tongue.

O- Another great seasonal beer from Founders. A good cellar beer to stock up and age if you have the patience.

YCantWeNotBeSober, Nov 19, 2012
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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%
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.

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
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,691 ratings.