Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) - Founders Brewing Company

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

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Ratings: 3,752
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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Photo of Mojo
3.18/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Well this is the first Founders offering I just didn't like. It pours a hazy copper with about a one finger head and no lacing. Smell is apples, other sweet scents and alcohol. Mouthfeel is very thick. Taste is sweet with lots of alcohol on the finish. I don't mind high gravity beers, but I just feel the alcohol could have been better hidden. I felt like I was drinking bourbon. Sorry, but I don't really recommend this one.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of srv33
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy amber with a quarter inch head and fine lacing. Quite a bit of sediment left floating around. Scents of rosated malts, bourbon, vanilla, and molasses are apparent. Taste follows nose to a T - fantastic malt profile, complimented by a creamy vanilla and then that firey bourbon at the back of your mouth, leaving behind a lingering taste of molasses and a hint of butterscotch. Mouthfeel is medium thick, and a little tacky on the tongue. Really a well done brew, another hit from Founders.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review taken from notes during inet downtime(late spring 2012)

12 oz short brown bottles with a pretty classy label. Artwork of an old man who could be no other than Old man curmudgeon himself. He's definitely a hard looking lad. Anyway, I poured this into a nonic pint glass. I thought about the founders snifter, but for some reason I couldn't picture a weathered fisherman drinking from a snifter.

A -dull rusty Copper orange shade of copper full of a lighter orange hue. The brew is almost brown sitting on the table but seems to nearly glow when held in the light where you'll find a good bit of funk floating about. Decent off white colored head that does disolve to small ring of lace. Hazy and clouded look to the body.

S - Pretty sweet aroma. You get the sweet whiff of Vanilla oak aged character. Maybe a slight hint of bourbon. Caramel and sugar malt with some roasted nut notes. This aroma is dominated by oak and sweet malts.

T - just as sweet as the nose. Vanilla Up front that really brings to mind the oak aged character. Woodsy Bourbon hints really start to take effect along with a Roasted nut flavor. A touch of fruitiness down within a massive field of Malt sweetness. This flavor is incredibly sweet with a slight booziness in the back, but nothing potent.

M - Full bodied and thick in the mouth. Does a nice job of coating the taste buds. Very smooth and pretty easy to drink even at 9.8%. Has a warming feeling in the back of the mouth to the throat.

O - this is big on malt goodness. Personally I love malts just as much as hops. You definitely have to enjoy sweetness and a load of malts and some Oaked character to enjoy this one. Frankly I appreciate this lovely old ale from Founders. It's a fantastic brew that requires the drinker to need a change of pace. I respect the brewer for reminding me its not only about the hops and Founders are the World's best at reminding us what good beer is.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,752 ratings.