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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

3,542 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,542
Reviews: 1,103
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 135
Gots: 653 | 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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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of Centennial, I've been waiting for cooler weather to enjoy this. Into a NB Globe.

A: Pours a nice red brown color, not much of a head forms, maybe a quarter of an inch that falls into a small island of bubbles with a bit of lacing left behind.

S: Interesting mix of malts and a bit of spicy alcohol. Lots of bready malts and some sweet bread/pastry smells in here as well. Smells malty and huge. Slight little bit of oak in here to add a subtle vanilla aroma. Not too shabby.

T: A big bready, malty beer, sweet caramel and a touch of woody oak with a bit of lingering bitterness, not much but enough to break up the massive malt profile here. Just a hint of booze that adds a touch of bitterness as well. Pretty massive beer, but a very well done and tasty one.

M: Carbonation is a bit high for my preference, the body is fairly hefty but finishes really dry due to bitterness and the oak aging.

O: A nice beer, but the carbonation is just a touch high and hurts the beer. Really a huge beer, and the dryness and oak really help lighten it up and make it enjoyable. Knock back the carbonation just a touch and it would really be a winner for me. Regardless, another fine beer from Founders.

pokesbeerdude, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of SteelCityHops89
4/5  rDev -0.2%

SteelCityHops89, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of dlepeau
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

dlepeau, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

chcfan, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of drpdaddy
5/5  rDev +24.7%

drpdaddy, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -0.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of paxchristi
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy, medium to darkish orange to red colors. 1/2" white bubbly head that settles in a minute or so. High alcohol and barrel-aged so you can expect this with the head. Totally classic.

Nose: Malt bomb! No hop characters whatsoever in the nose. Molasses, oak, brown sugar, maybe some figs and semidark fruits, and perhaps the slightest hint of vanilla on the end. The oak gets bigger on the end as it warms. Warming alcohol deep in the sinuses. Very very good.

Mouth: Nose justifies the mouth, but is perhaps a bit bigger in the mouth than the nose. HUGE MALTS! Quite possibly the maltiest beer i've had to date. Caramel, toffee, and maybe the slightest hint of hop bitterness and then its gone. Thick in the mouth but no where near sticky. Very pungent and very strong, and yet very well blended. in many ways, it reminds me alot of the Dirty Bastard but with sweeter malts, and an overall bigger malt bill in general. And it is certainly much more powerful. Very Very good, and very VErY complex. Unbelievably complex in fact!

Overall: Not a beginners brew. This is definitely a cult beer, but Old Ales generally are a cult style. This is one worth seeking out, but you must prepare yourself for it. A little age does this one better justice. 100%, absolutely mastercraft, but this beer is HUGE!

paxchristi, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

GRG1313, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of smogfood
5/5  rDev +24.7%

smogfood, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

homerbunker, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

Hoopman, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

mdillon86, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

adamant1912, Nov 25, 2011
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3/5  rDev -25.2%

kk73, Nov 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

spoonhawk, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

nathanjohnson, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Jips, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

djrn2, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

mjaggers, Nov 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Caterwaul, Nov 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Supergenious, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Mebuzzard, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a flute.

Appearance: A cloudy amber with a 1/4" tan head. Steady bubbles settles quick within a minute or so.

Smell: Weak property of this beer I do mean weak. You smell it then it's gone. I do smell molasses but quickly disappear from the your nose.

Taste: Well in all honesty you have a steady serving of molasses maybe a hint of honey and slight vanilla. Nothing but greatness.

Mouth: Medium carbonation not too bubbly not flat at all. Goes down smoothly but the alcohol is sticky. I am not complaining at all just giving you the warning I was drinking this beer and didn't bother look at the abv level till now 9.8, NICE!

Overall: Smelling this beer might mess up your initial judgement but this beer makes up for it in every other category. It is your "Wee Heavy" type of beer...little sweet but great blend and balance of flavor.

BlurryVisi0n, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

captainbearcat, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

alalvarez75, Nov 21, 2011
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,542 ratings.