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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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3,379 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,379
Reviews: 1,087
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 126
Gots: 608 | FT: 44
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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Ratings: 3,379 | Reviews: 1,087 | Display Reviews Only:
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jcmkr


3/5  rDev -25.2%

05-16-2012 19:36:19 | More by jcmkr
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Beer_Geek

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

05-16-2012 07:08:03 | More by Beer_Geek
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear medium to dark amber color with a half finger of white head. Head recedes fairly quickly to just a ring around the beer.

S: Citrus and caramel are most evident, lemon and orange zest oddly showing above all else. I get some bready malts as I keep smelling. Spicy oak and booze are also evident.

T: Lots of spices, I still get quite a bit of lemon and orange zest with nutmeg and spicy oak. Some caramel sweetness, but well balanced.

M: Thick bodied with light but smooth and adequate carbonation.

O: Not what I normally expect from an Old Ale, quite spicy and fairly dry. I'm really not sure what to make of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 03:09:40 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

05-16-2012 00:26:17 | More by ejimhof
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cradke

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lighter brown and amber. Very thin head.

Smell: Sweet. Brown Sugar. Has some interesting plums and dark sweetness to it. Certainly some alcohol present. Kind of funky. Interesting, but I dig it

Taste: Sweet alcohol comes right up front. Some funky brown sugar and molasses comes up front. The alcohol is there. I'm grabbing some caramel. Almost kind of tart. Again, interesting with a bit of a weird aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. Thin with a mild lack of carbonation.

Overall: I'm going with the word funky on this. It's got a interesting sweetness to it with a very present alcohol to it. Lots of brown sugars and molasses to it. Not my favorite beer in the world but it's an interesting take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 05:07:43 | More by cradke
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Christov

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-15-2012 03:02:02 | More by Christov
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ryantho00

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a red and brown hue with a buttery fluffy head that stays sticky throughout the drink.

Hints of oak, caramel, syrup, wood, sweet malt, dried dark fruits, bourbon-esque hints.

I get a nice medium mouthfeel with a ton of wonderfully blended flavors intertwined perfectly. I get that distinctive founders water taste, fresh oak, sweet deep malts, a wonderful molasses, dark plum, some slight bitterness from a low alpha hop, caramel, nice old aged taste, some biscuit, marshmallow and cotton candy, superb sweetness blended with the alcohol.

Overall, a great balanced beer, nothing short of what I've come to expect from my favorite brewer.

Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 00:38:48 | More by ryantho00
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Hallce2

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

05-14-2012 22:45:39 | More by Hallce2
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Fufsackbandit

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

05-13-2012 02:27:48 | More by Fufsackbandit
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Crimsontider22

Alabama

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-13-2012 02:20:55 | More by Crimsontider22
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Riverared

Alabama

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-13-2012 01:39:39 | More by Riverared
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 4/16/2012 from 4-pack purchased at local grocery chain.

Opaque, red-orange elixir poured into Bruery snifter. White head quickly disappears. Minimal lacing.

Very nice aroma of cinnamon, caramel, molasses, plum, apricot. Subtle oak. More pronounced as the brew warms.

This is a very complex brew with the components mixing well providing a nice contrast. Initial burnt caramel, hops and alcohol, then the dark fruits, oak and cinnamon.

Solid brew. Complex, alcohol well hidden. I will age a few and see how it changes.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 01:37:23 | More by CaptCleveland
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cmhs4au

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +6%

05-12-2012 14:50:30 | More by cmhs4au
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

05-12-2012 05:30:26 | More by MSandahl23
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Burt

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-12-2012 02:04:53 | More by Burt
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tut2528

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass, minimal head formation, moderate lacing. rusty in appearance and it is barely transparent.

S: very nice oak character complements a sweet molasses and i also get a strong cinnamon note. 50 IBUs lies in the background along with very mild touches of apple. alcohol is also present but not overpowering and actually fits in quite nice.

T: quite intriguing. first thing that I notice is how smooth this beer is. I get a fantastic balance of molasses, cream/vanilla, and oak that makes up the majority of the body. secondary aspects include and ever so mild tinge of alcohol and a very mild touch of hops in the finish.

O: i was quite impressed with this brew. Had one fresh and revisited this brew again about 8 months after bottling, and I find this one much better FRESH. The smoothness has fallen off a bit and now more molasses forward rather than a nice balance of vanilla, spice and hops. I also feel that this brew has become lighter on the tongue from what I remember.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 01:14:13 | More by tut2528
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Quackus

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-11-2012 17:33:06 | More by Quackus
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danp14

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-11-2012 17:03:43 | More by danp14
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6%

05-11-2012 12:20:14 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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kuhndog

New York

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

05-11-2012 02:13:29 | More by kuhndog
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-10-2012 04:14:03 | More by Zaphog
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tulipcitybob

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-10-2012 02:06:53 | More by tulipcitybob
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amart80

Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-10-2012 00:24:26 | More by amart80
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PoppaK


4.25/5  rDev +6%

05-09-2012 22:37:08 | More by PoppaK
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AndrewK

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-09-2012 06:43:08 | More by AndrewK
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,379 ratings.