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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: 3,808
Reviews: 1,122
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 150
Gots: 741 | FT: 46
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
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3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear medium to dark amber color with a half finger of white head. Head recedes fairly quickly to just a ring around the beer.

S: Citrus and caramel are most evident, lemon and orange zest oddly showing above all else. I get some bready malts as I keep smelling. Spicy oak and booze are also evident.

T: Lots of spices, I still get quite a bit of lemon and orange zest with nutmeg and spicy oak. Some caramel sweetness, but well balanced.

M: Thick bodied with light but smooth and adequate carbonation.

O: Not what I normally expect from an Old Ale, quite spicy and fairly dry. I'm really not sure what to make of this beer.

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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lighter brown and amber. Very thin head.

Smell: Sweet. Brown Sugar. Has some interesting plums and dark sweetness to it. Certainly some alcohol present. Kind of funky. Interesting, but I dig it

Taste: Sweet alcohol comes right up front. Some funky brown sugar and molasses comes up front. The alcohol is there. I'm grabbing some caramel. Almost kind of tart. Again, interesting with a bit of a weird aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. Thin with a mild lack of carbonation.

Overall: I'm going with the word funky on this. It's got a interesting sweetness to it with a very present alcohol to it. Lots of brown sugars and molasses to it. Not my favorite beer in the world but it's an interesting take on the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a red and brown hue with a buttery fluffy head that stays sticky throughout the drink.

Hints of oak, caramel, syrup, wood, sweet malt, dried dark fruits, bourbon-esque hints.

I get a nice medium mouthfeel with a ton of wonderfully blended flavors intertwined perfectly. I get that distinctive founders water taste, fresh oak, sweet deep malts, a wonderful molasses, dark plum, some slight bitterness from a low alpha hop, caramel, nice old aged taste, some biscuit, marshmallow and cotton candy, superb sweetness blended with the alcohol.

Overall, a great balanced beer, nothing short of what I've come to expect from my favorite brewer.


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4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 4/16/2012 from 4-pack purchased at local grocery chain.

Opaque, red-orange elixir poured into Bruery snifter. White head quickly disappears. Minimal lacing.

Very nice aroma of cinnamon, caramel, molasses, plum, apricot. Subtle oak. More pronounced as the brew warms.

This is a very complex brew with the components mixing well providing a nice contrast. Initial burnt caramel, hops and alcohol, then the dark fruits, oak and cinnamon.

Solid brew. Complex, alcohol well hidden. I will age a few and see how it changes.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass, minimal head formation, moderate lacing. rusty in appearance and it is barely transparent.

S: very nice oak character complements a sweet molasses and i also get a strong cinnamon note. 50 IBUs lies in the background along with very mild touches of apple. alcohol is also present but not overpowering and actually fits in quite nice.

T: quite intriguing. first thing that I notice is how smooth this beer is. I get a fantastic balance of molasses, cream/vanilla, and oak that makes up the majority of the body. secondary aspects include and ever so mild tinge of alcohol and a very mild touch of hops in the finish.

O: i was quite impressed with this brew. Had one fresh and revisited this brew again about 8 months after bottling, and I find this one much better FRESH. The smoothness has fallen off a bit and now more molasses forward rather than a nice balance of vanilla, spice and hops. I also feel that this brew has become lighter on the tongue from what I remember.

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
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