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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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3,568 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,568
Reviews: 1,103
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 137
Gots: 664 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

mhaugo, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

swooshjtb, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

happy5930, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

Atlas1977, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

IlPostino, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of BBP
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber brown with a decent head, but very weak on the retention. Slight lacing.

The aroma is of candied sugars and raisins.

The taste lives up to the smell, but there's also a slight grassy and spicy hop presence. When fresh it tasted supremely balanced and smooth. After a little bit of age, it's even smoother, but it leans towards the sweetness a bit more. It almost tastes like honey with some age.

The mouthfeel is Medium full, and medium heavy, and fairly creamy on top of that. The finish is moderately dry and sticky.

Overall, this is one of the most smooth drinks I've had yet. The blending was done very tastefully. I prefer it fresh due to the more noticeable hop presence, but it's still a treat aged.

BBP, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

drn, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of mdvatab
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz stubby bottle into snifter.

Aroma: Rich, malty carmelized sugar. Scotch, and candied pineapple. Tantalizing, sweet, boozy aroma.

Appearance: Copper-amber, clear in general, but some noticeable fine "floaties". Thin head dissipates quickly, and this one leaves legs, not lacing, on the inside of the glass.

Flavor: Sweet, rich, and malty with some smooth butterscotch, balanced by nice, substantial bitterness. Bitterness comes through in the middle, and lingers a bit in the finish. The bitterness is appropriate, however--not overwhelming or out of place.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full, syrupy body. Medium-low carbonation lends to smoothness. Some slightly-drying tannins in the end.

Overall: Definitely enjoyed this one. Not QUITE as refined as it could have been, but still a delicious mix of booze, carmelly malt, and hoppy bitterness. Recommended!

mdvatab, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

kenm2118, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a dark brown color without much head on top. The smell of the beer was malty and pretty sweet smelling actually. There was also some boozy aromas that flooded the nose too. The taste of the beer was sweet and lightly roasted, lots of caramel flavors and some fresh wood in there too. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Overall this beer was pretty good, I feel it gets better with some age to it. Either way it's another good brew from Founder's.

Knapp85, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of lovindahops
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

it snowed today so it's a great reason to tap into a Curmudgeon! Love old ales!

A- curmudgeon pours a fantastic rich copper color with some unexpected lacing on the sides of the glass. The brew glows with the ruby highlights across the glass

S- Get down!!!! It's a MALT BOMB! Sweet sugar from the molasses no doubt pops up along with massive caramel flavors. Brown sugar type theme arises as well. Great whiff of flavor for an old ale

T- WHERE IS THE ALCOHOL??? Unbelievable smooth flavors that consist of the aforementioned sugar and caramel are all over. Some dark raisin and bready flavors tie up the taste profile. This may be the most flavorful old ale I have ever had

M- carbonation and coating of flavor is in a perfect unison. The brew is well crafted to finish well

O- well there is a reason founders is who they are... curmudgeon is an unbelievable brew. Again it is so smooth and lively with flavor that you almost feel like you are drinking a rich amber ale. Unbelievable....

lovindahops, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

frisk, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

Nitrogenx, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

bishocr, Dec 02, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

blange3, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

tripledbrew, Dec 02, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Dark Red color, light tan head, about 1 inch thick. Gorgeous looking beer

Smell: This beer is a malt Bomb! Caramel sweetness with some hints of vanilla and you can get faint hints of the oak.

Taste: Massive dark fruits. Raisin bread. A little sugary sweetness, but not overly so. You can't taste the alcohol at all, but you get the warming of the back of the throat on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Rich and luxurious. Very little carbonation.

Overall: Perfect warmer-upper for a cold fall/winter day. Incredibly smooth beer for nearly 10%. Rich in flavor and a really nice sipper of a beer. I'm going to save a bottle of this for a year or two to see how it matures.

kdmcguire10, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

falcon1, Dec 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

GHeinze89, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very little head. Just a slight foamy top. Deep, opaque amber color. Pretty much a light mahogany. Some particulates in the pour and floating around.

S- Heavy on the caramel malty tones. Maybe a touch of underlying sweet scent.

T- Wow. Big malts. Real big. Starts off like the scent with a predominantly caramel malty taste. Then a slight burnt note with coffee tastes mingling in there. The burnt malts turn into warmth from the high alcohol content. Finishes mainly with the alcohol aftertaste, almost like a sip or bourbon. Hey, look at that, oak aged, how'd I guess.

M- Thick and creamy. Not a lot of carbonation. Warming alcohol content. Could never have more than 2 of these in a night, ever.

Overall, not my favorite style, but not a bad brew. Lots more noticeable alcohol than I anticipated.

boilermakerbrew, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

psychotia, Nov 30, 2011
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,568 ratings.