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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,454 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,454
Reviews: 1,095
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 133
Gots: 623 | 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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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

A wispy tan head covers this brown brew and some orange hues peek through.

Aroma is rich with brown sugar, cherry, and spice. Just as expected, and just right so far.

So flavorful with an abundance of ripened dark fruits, yeast, candy and spice followed by a striking alcohol heat, supporting bitterness and fleeting notes of vinegar in the end.

A potent, full-bodied, creamy sipper for finishing things off (whatever those things may be) on the right note.

08-12-2014 01:10:57 | More by stephens101
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spoony

Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%

From a 355 ml bottle into a snifter.

A-The beer is a reddish copper hue. There is no head, just a film of nearly-white foam and a spotty collar. The beer is still in appearance with a slight chill haze. Looks good.

S-The aroma is sweet with some apple juice complementing the malty caramel and toffee flavors. I can detect a bit of vanilla as well. Hops provide a bit of citrusy twang, but they are mostly background noise. Alcohol is well hidden here.

T-The taste is also sweet with golden raisin, apple juice, caramel, toffee, and vanilla. There is a bit more leafy, hoppy bite on the middle of my palate than the smell would indicate. The taste is a touch boozy with spicy, warming alcohol providing a nice long finish.

M-The feel is medium in body with a slightly syrupy taste and below-average strength carbonation.

O-This is a very solid old ale. The smell is plain, but the taste is more complex and provides more depth thanks to the more assertive hop flavors and kick of alcohol spice. The sweetness levels are high here, so I don't think I could drink a lot of this, but it makes for a fine dessert-type beer.

08-11-2014 04:03:59 | More by spoony
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goochpunch

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours out a deep reddish caramel with a thin ring of bubbles around the top of the beer. Smells strongly of brown sugar and dried fruits. Lots of fig and date. Flavor is big on brown sugar, dried fruits, cinnamon, vanilla, with a touch of coffee. Carbonation is soft. Body is full. This is delicious and very British.

08-11-2014 02:06:14 | More by goochpunch
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vickival

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-10-2014 21:58:03 | More by vickival
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BraveMountie

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

08-10-2014 00:21:59 | More by BraveMountie
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funkyfritos

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

08-09-2014 02:45:50 | More by funkyfritos
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ryhn0

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-09-2014 02:30:42 | More by ryhn0
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JonBeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

08-08-2014 19:58:30 | More by JonBeer
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travy82

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-07-2014 22:02:34 | More by travy82
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Lightman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

08-07-2014 20:21:58 | More by Lightman
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mousebeer

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

08-07-2014 18:31:33 | More by mousebeer
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thereal_adam

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

08-07-2014 14:46:06 | More by thereal_adam
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a_beckman25

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-07-2014 07:17:48 | More by a_beckman25
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K-jack211

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-07-2014 02:42:25 | More by K-jack211
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Fabiand

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-07-2014 02:31:13 | More by Fabiand
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ShriverMO

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

08-06-2014 18:51:22 | More by ShriverMO
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thufflife

Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-06-2014 14:20:53 | More by thufflife
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AndyCowles75

Netherlands

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-06-2014 02:46:54 | More by AndyCowles75
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hiker1701a

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-05-2014 23:20:58 | More by hiker1701a
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lochef81

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-05-2014 18:36:09 | More by lochef81
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archero

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

08-05-2014 12:55:35 | More by archero
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NHBeerista

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

08-05-2014 04:14:14 | More by NHBeerista
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MaximalC

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -14.7%

Pours a murky bronze color with a modest cap of khaki froth. Malty aroma smells of molasses, caramel, booze, and hint of milk chocolate.

The taste is on par with the aroma, with caramel and molasses up front, warming alcohol, raisins, and earthy, herbal hops. There's also a bit of cough syrup to be found as well. Some wheat/grain husk comes through in the finish. This beer is not short on flavor, that's for sure. Mild carbonation gives it something of a stagnant, oily mouthfeel despite the medium body.

This is the only "old ale" I've ever tried, but as far as I can tell, it's pretty similar to a Scottish ale. If you like sweet, malt-forward beers, this should be enjoyable. That happens to be a little skewed for my tastes, but it's still another engaging offering from Founders nonetheless. I'd be curious to try it with a year or two of age under its belt.

08-05-2014 02:04:20 | More by MaximalC
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Aficionado_Shawn

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-04-2014 21:37:34 | More by Aficionado_Shawn
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greekfest

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

08-04-2014 16:30:15 | More by greekfest
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,454 ratings.