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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: 3,691
Reviews: 1,109
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 141
Gots: 706 | 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:
50 IBU
Old ale brewed with molasses and oak-aged.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-31-2005)
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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Deep garnet with brown highlights and a cap of off-white foam.

S: Rich caramel and spicy hops. Maltiness and toffee aromas also jump out of the glass.

T: Caramel and toffee are dominant, but vanilla and tannins from the oak finish out the beer. It finishes fruity and filling.

D: Complexity makes this a great drinking, but the ABV and thickness keep it a sipper.

Overall: Another great beer from Founders. This is a remarkably enjoyable English-style old ale and a great warming winter brew.

JohnnyChicago, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy amber brown color with a thin film of off white head. Glows orange against the light. Strawberry jam and chocolate covered raisins on the nose. Dark fruits and caramel sweetness. Lots of carbonation for an old ale. Some burnt roasted malts come through on the back end which hides the alcohol rather well. Despite the taste being hidden alcohol coats the throat.

Sticky caramel covered fruit like sweetness up front with plums, figs, and dark berries. Carbonation makes the body feel thinner however the stability of the flavors through all the effervescence is impressive. Tootsie roll like chocolatiness comes through somewhere in the middle. Flavors blend well together but have a kind of order to them as well. The body thins out slightly near the finish (not that it's a thin body in anyway) which takes away from the beer slightly.

Some of the burnt qualities dont blend as well with the beers sweet character and some of the fruit and chocolate flavors are slightly offset of one another. Very good beer but could use some improvements. It wants to have big roasted qualities and big fruity characteristics but it's torn between choosing one side or the other leaving for a slightly confused beer.

This leaves for very good balance however.

Still another swell drink from founders though

jtierney89, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of danielp215
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

danielp215, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of mltobin
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from a 4 pack bought in Westchester NY.

Poured this into a Unibroue tulip. Appearance is dark red with a short off-white head. Its` nose contains vanilla, toffee and dark fruits. The taste has caramel, brown sugar, more dark fruit. Booze comes through in taste, as well as some bitterness. MF is crisp, nice as it warms up, goes down fairly easy. All things considered, this is a damn good old ale. I was glad to see this again as the temperatures dropped in 2011.

mltobin, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

bsuedekum, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of fvernon
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip at 50 degrees. Pours a hazy copper malt with thick foam that dissipates to a selection of large bubbles and a thin film.

The aroma is of hops, pumpkin bread, and alcohol, in that order. My first sip is very interesting - the drink is still a bit hot, maybe letting it sit for a while would mellow it out. There is a mild initial flavor of malt and molasses, followed by a thicker back-of-the-throat hop bitterness and alcohol burn.

The transition from the slow start to the strong finish (both in taste and mouthfeel) doesn't feel connected, but instead like two different drinks. It's nice, but I'm letting the other bottles sit for a few months.

fvernon, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Paincane
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a snifter glass producing a thin off-white head on a pretty reddish-amber colored body. Turbid in appearance as it has quite a bit of sediment some of which actually floats on the surface with an orange hue. Moderate lacing is produced.
S: Molasses, yeast and alcohol dominate the aromas. Also included are caramel, oak, malt and dark fruits.
T: Sweet molasses and caramel on the front end, oaky malt backbone with a slight hop bitter presence with a very warm ethanol finish.
M: Medium body with minimal carbonation. Sticky and sweet with a high ABV that it is not shy about.
O:Delicious Founders brew that I very much enjoyed as a nightcap. The boozy nature of this beer is appealing while it sneers at you as a Curmudgeon would.

Paincane, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of dprophet
4/5  rDev -0.2%

dprophet, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Mantooth
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Samichlaus (name dropping) snifter.

A: Pours with no head and very minimal lacing and a deep amber color, one of the prettier beers I've seen in a glass. It just looks like an amazing beer. There was a good bit of sedimentation floating around my glass, which doesn't usually bother me but it was a bit extreme in this case & coagulated in a nasty way. Is this a bottle conditioned beer?

S: Sweet: milk chocolate notes, molasses, alcohol (9.8%).

T: Loads of malt. Very smooth considering the high gravity, not too boozy. Some hints of oak and earth.

M: Medium to light body, especially since I anticipated it being very heavy.

D: What you'd expect from Founders, a very good beer.

Mantooth, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Scout11
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Scout11, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of n00blar
4/5  rDev -0.2%

n00blar, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Amyliz4
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Amyliz4, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Curmudgeon, full pint at Vintner Wine Market.

Appearance: Filled to the brim, with just under one finger of foamy and persistent head. Never dies! Tonsa lacing, great retention. Color is a slightly transparent chestnut-amber, shiny and engaging.

Smell: Quite a disappointment compared to the looks, with only a slight toasted feel, an odd metallic backup and some spice.

Taste: Follows nose, with a nice bread-and-biscuit feel and a spicy boozy end. Raw honey, a mellow hop touch and crème brulee. Vanilla. Odd but good mixture of sweet and tasty. Oak? None.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, flavor and carbonation. Spicy dry finish. Alright but average.

Overall: Nothing spectacular but quite drinkable. Closer to Dirty Bastard than Backwoods Bastard, sadly, and not up to the expectations.

DoubleSimcoe, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of JGuill
5/5  rDev +24.7%

JGuill, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Breylan
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Breylan, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of WIBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -0.2%

WIBeerGuy, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of msuspartan22
4/5  rDev -0.2%

msuspartan22, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of BeerHownd
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

BeerHownd, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of ZPB
3/5  rDev -25.2%

ZPB, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of takashi37
4/5  rDev -0.2%

takashi37, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of anth0ny
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Curmudgeon from a bottle is a pretty deep red amber color, but light thin head and little lacing, which all goes away pretty quick. Smells *very* sweet. Smell is sweet honey caramel with some heat tingling the nose hairs. Very sweet taste. Honey is the dominant flavor, with traces of cream, caramel, sweet malt, and a touch of fruit. Quite complex. Sweetness is followed by booze for a hot finish. Very interesting overall flavor. Mouthfeel is warm and heavy, creamy-boozy, low carbonation. I like this beer. Not something I would get on the regular, but I'm definitely glad I tried it.

anth0ny, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of gafferjohn
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

gafferjohn, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Otis77
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Otis77, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of tatums1984
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

tatums1984, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of mjmadsen21
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

mjmadsen21, Jan 13, 2012
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
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