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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: 3,830
Reviews: 1,127
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 151
Gots: 750 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-31-2005

Old ale brewed with molasses and oak-aged.

50 IBU
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of scratch69
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz botle into CBS snifter.

A) Minus the very minimal head on the pour. This looked like brandy in my snifter. The head fades quickly. There is nice clarity, and some alcohol feet.

S) Brown sugar sweetness, a little vanilla, some spice, and alcohol.

T) Sweetness hits as this passes over your lips. There is brown sugar, caramel and vanilla. The spices are nutmeg and maybe a little cinnamon. It reminded me of my pancake batter, up to the alcohol heat, maybe my pancakes could use some booze.

M) Medium body, with not much carbonation to speak of. This was a little oily, and sticky. The alcohol fades slowly, eventually providing a somewhat dry, earthy aftertaste.

O) A nice sipper. I enjoyed it, but in hindsight, not the best choice on a warm evening. Think I'll cellar the rest of these for the fall.

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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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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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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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Maple syrup color with some floatys that don't seem to settle to the bottom. The head forms up golden and big.
S: Great smell, I could get a good wiff before I was finished pouring the beer. Smells sweet and oaky. No bad odors and very complex.
T: Sweet maple with a good amount of oak flavor. The alcohol comes through a lot at the end but it isn't off-putting. Tastes good but the flavors seem to come together dare I say a little too well. I'm having trouble identifying one individually.
M: Sits perfect. Carbonation is perfect and some flavors really start to develop.

Overall another really great showing from Founders. I was a little disappointed by the taste which didn't really bring any identifiable flavors. The alcohol really plays a good role in this beer and the mouthfeel and smell are really spectacular. Definitely a beer to drink slowly.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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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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4/5  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 3,830 ratings.