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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: 3,550
Reviews: 1,103
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 136
Gots: 658 | FT: 48
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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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Rekrule, May 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

MystikCelt, May 27, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 04/19/12. Into a snifter.

Pours a translucent dark copper ruby color. Buttermilk-colored head of an inch with coarser bubbles in the surface middle. 4.0

Buttery toffee, rich caramel, booze, dried fig, cherry, and woody bitterness. Drier aroma than the '10 that I've had. This old ale is all dressed up for prom, so far. 4.0

Toffee sweet with buttercream, brandied fruits, mince meat, caramel sauce, throat lozenge, vanilla, light maple, swatches of oak barrel, hint of coconut, and spruce tips from the hops. A malt dream. The alcohol isn't overwhelming, and the hops are there but shadowed marvelously by rich fruity malts. Wonderful. 4.5

Mouth-filling body. Medium-thick. Light fizz, in accordance to style. I'm gulping this a little bigger than I ought to. 4.0

For a beer that I love and have enjoyed many times in the past, I believe this to be the first time I've ever had it fresh (not used to tasting prevalent hops in this beast). While it is sublime with a year and more, fresh Curmudgeon is its own wonder. In fact, fresh Curmudgeon reminds me a lot of aged Backwoods Bastard. Recommended! And, I can't wait to finally do that side-by-side. 4.0

thecheapies, May 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

allenc85, May 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

graphicsguy, May 26, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

mjtiernan, May 26, 2012
Photo of sjverla
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose: Molasses, caramel and alcohol. Definitely raisins. Very faint whiff of banana bread. Deep and rich, balanced by mild solvency.

Appearance: Beautiful hazy copper, kicked up about a half-inch of head that settled fast. Appears to hold the sides well.

Taste: Raisin heavy. Mellow caramel and toffee. Alcohol spice. Chewey and rich witha hot finish. Very desserty and festive tasting.

Overall: A heart, uncompromising brew. Definitely looking forward to aging it a bit.

sjverla, May 26, 2012
Photo of Etan
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stout glass.

A: Pours a murky caramel color with a nice tuft of egg-shell foam. Good retention and lacing.

S: Tangerine, molasses, caramel, green grape skin, woody spice.

T: Huge sweet molasses, tangerine, big coconut and mild vanilla, brown sugar, sweet hop resin, ripe grapes, solvent alcohol, brown bread, a bit of burnt grain and pleasantly warming alcohol on the end. Sweet molasses and oak lingers.

M: Soft, almost light-bodied. Bit of creaminess from the carbonation.

O: Very sweet from the molasses, almost overly so. Pretty decent.

Etan, May 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

MattR, May 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Wamba, May 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

Listers, May 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Cheezus, May 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Iowacraft, May 25, 2012
Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with 4/6/12 stamped on the neck.

APPEARANCE: Poured reddish-brown in color with over two fingers of cream colored head. When held up to the light, it was more of a murky orangish-red. The head settled to a thin layer after about 10 minutes, but left behind plenty of nice lacing on the glass (especially for the high alc. content).

AROMA: Carmel malt, molasses, brown sugar, cough syrup, cinnamon, and some wood in the nose.

TASTE: I’m getting some nice caramel malt up front followed closely by a good amount of hop bitterness. Very sticky feel between the resinous hops and the sweet malt. They also work well together helping to balance the beer. Finish has a touch of alcohol, but I like it.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body (boarderline syrupy) with fairly light carbonation.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: Very tasty, and a nice beer to sip on. Well made, but nothing really jumps out and wows you either. This would be a good campfire beer on a cool evening.

Morey, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

MaddGeneral, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

vonnegut21, May 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Devi0us, May 23, 2012
Photo of Spcoly
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass....

A: Minimal head with a dark amber color; slight lacing

S: Brown sugar with a major sweetness

T: Very sweet and balanced....nothing too predominant....finishes with a slight burn

M: Medium bodied, not too filling..easy to drink.

O: Very well done old ale...ABV shows at the end and creeps up. Would buy again....

Spcoly, May 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Blaze5445, May 22, 2012
Photo of bpw28
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: One finger bone white-very light tan head that died off fast, lacing is spotty, a hazy copper color (about a 23 SRM), pretty steady stream of carb.

Smell: Fresh dark fruits (plum, maybe fig), oaky, light dried lemon skin, nice sweet grass note, light alcohol

Taste: Grassy- earthy notes on the tongue, black pepper, strong woody, dark fruits, light coffe/roasty malt on the mid, alcohol is makes its presence but not overpowering, semi-dry finish. Body is medium.

Final Thoughts: Good beer. I've kind of hyped this one up and heard about it alot so I'm a bit let down that it didn't blow me away, but it is pretty good on the overall level. I know they tried to tone down the body to give it more "drinkability" but it just feels unnatural for me. A definite try, but I wouldn't go nuts looking. Maybe some age would make this a really outstanding brew.

bpw28, May 22, 2012
Photo of scratch69
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured a glass into a snifter.

Appearance- Dark copper color with a fingers worth of head. Small amount of lacing.

Smell- Syrup-like sweetness with hints of caramel, oak, and citrus.

Taste- Sweet with a strong alcohol presence on the first swallow. The alcohol mellows after the first drink and allows the other flavors to come through. I detect molasses, caramel, sweet malt, hints of oak and dark fruit. Very complex and well blended.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and smooth. Very little carbonation.

Overall- The alcohol flavor was a little offputting at first, I'm glad it disappeared after the first swallow. I'm not sure if I'm a fan of this style. Decent but I probably won't buy this again.

scratch69, May 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

syntheticwings, May 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

sjc483, May 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

tenacioustomato, May 21, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


On tap at Urge.

A: Dark orange with good clarity. An inch of off-white foam. Sheets of lacing cling to the glass.

S: Rich candied sweetness with big caramel and toffee notes. Orange and grapefruit blend with prune, fig, date, and plum. Lightly earthy with a touch of alcohol. There's a whisper of smoke and maybe a little apple.

T: Rich caramel and toffee with sweet breads and a pervasive candied aspect. Fruit character is reminiscent of date, plum, and prune. There's a low earthy bitterness. I get a little citrus as well. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Lower full body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth, silky, and full with substantial alcohol warming.

Overall: A big, rich, estery Old Ale. Well executed but definitely a sipper.

HopHead84, May 21, 2012
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
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