Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)

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Ratings: 3,753
Reviews: 1,111
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 145
Gots: 713 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of zeledonia
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of axeman9182
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Beer_Runner
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 04/19/12. Aged 6 months before opening.

A: A slow pour into a standard pint glass produced about a quarter-finger of head that was a khaki color. The head dissipated to a collar in a few minutes and left a small amount of lacing. The brew is a reddish/copper color, very cloudy, and just barely translucent.

S: The aroma is very mild. It consists of malt sweetness, some fruitiness of pears and apples, and just a little bit of floral, too.

T: The taste started with malted barley and caramel-like sweetness with roasted grains. Next, just a touch of earthy and floral hops joined in for a touch of balancing bitterness for the sweet malt.

M: The body is very smooth, full, and just to the heavier side of medium.

O: This is a very good old ale style beer. It is bold and smooth. The sweet malt and roasted grain flavor was very strong and soften just enough by the mild hops. This is a good, basic, straight-forward old ale; and, it is this bold simplicity that makes this beer so appealing to a fan of the old ale style. Also, for almost 10% ABV the alcohol is very well hidden. It is a smooth and easy drinking beer. So be careful, and enjoy.

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
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