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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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3,801 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,801
Reviews: 1,120
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 151
Gots: 738 | FT: 46
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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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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy rust-orange with a dense tan head that fades quickly. There's some sediment at the bottom and relatively little lacing. The smell is big, buttery tobacco with notes of pit fruit and caramel. Although this nose is big, bold and fragrant, it doesn't mask the beer's intense alcohol bite as expected. However, the taste does the trick and melds buttery caramel with ripe fruitiness and a creamy mouthfeel. This is definitely a delicious beer, quite tasty for an old ale. It's exceptional at a slightly cool temperature and picks up sweetness as it warms.
I could only imagine how this beer would come out from the barrel...

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle I had was a year old

A-Cloudy amber, some carbonation, lots of sediment, two finger head

S-Lots of malt, some pine and dirt, molasses is still there.

T-Malt bomb primarily, grassy notes, some wheat and orange, malasses once again. Rather sweet.

M-Not much carbonation, smooth, medium bodied.

O-At a year old it seems to be past its prime, lots of malt and not much else

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of dorianmarley
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is opaque orange-brown with a light bubbly head and some lacing.

Nose is musty, with cherry juice and sweet, toasty malt.

Taste is buttery oak, with crusty bread, chewy malt, and a biscuit finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with plenty of carbonation.

Overall, it is a phenomenal blend of savory flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of siege06nd
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Not much to look at. Very cloudy copper brown with a quarter finger cream colored head. Excellent lacing, however, thick and fine. Too bad the color is so cloudy. Beers this color remind me of toilet water, which is not a good thing. I'll average it out, though, since the head and lacing are quite good.

S. Lots of caramel and some light fruit. Bread crust, brown sugar, and molasses as well. Good.

T. Follows the nose, with bread crust, caramel, some light herbal hoppiness, brown sugar, and fruit. Booze is very well hidden for ~10%. Some woodiness as well.

M. Medium-full bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and somewhat creamy. Good flavor balance.

O. I haven't had many Old Ales, but the ones I have have generally been a bit fruitier and sweeter. This is more refined and subtle. A tasty beer, but probably wouldn't want a whole lot of this. Good, but not particularly memorable.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh off the bottling line, 12 oz bottled dated 04/06/12

A - Pours a dark amber/red with a small head that settles quickly.

S - Sweet fruit, cherries, molasses, and a good amount of oak in the background. Really like the smell of this one.

T - The oak really permeates through on the taste. Good blend of oak and cherry. Fades into lighter fruits like apple, all backed up with the taste of sweet molasses. Nice complexities at work here. Perhaps the oak is a little forward, but still solid.

M - As you would expect, nearly sticky, but still smooth. Little bit of the booziness works its way through.

Overall - An outstanding old ale. Good complexity, taste, and just a good beer. Well done by Founders.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

04/2011 bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy, dark amber body. Pretty cloudy. Doesn't look appealing. Very small khaki head. No visible lacing.

Smell: Honey, caramel, butterscotch. Sweet red apples. Cocoa butter.

Taste: Caramel, vanilla, apple, cinnamon. Tastes a tiny bit like a weak bourbon. Hops definitely present in the finish. No lingering taste.

Mouthfeel: Sticky. Low carbonation. Small burn from the alcohol.

Overall: Quite delicious beer. It's an ugly beer, but delicious.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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

09 Vintage

A - Pours a chestnut-brown with a thin white head that settles to a wispy haze and ring of tiny bubbles.
S - Big malty aromas of toffee, caramel apples, molasses, and ripe pear. Smells sweet and sticky.
T - Wow...huge flavors of brown sugar, molasses, and toffee with a touch of milk chocolate and slightly oxidized sherry. Very smooth, with nary a hint of the nearly 10% ABV.
M - Sticky, with a medium-full body and low carbonation.
O - Certainly a nice treat, I'm glad I have a few more bottles of this vintage floating around.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle dated 02/24/2009 (twist off cap!?) poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid is a hazy, cloudy amber to brown in color. Slightest of slight off white colored heady, no lacing. Not much too look at for the style, not bad, but not great.

Smell is pretty good. Nice malt bomb here. Tons of caramel and toffee here, and I mean tons. Sweetness is continued. Nice sweet bread doe or maybe even a cake or waffle batter. Slight aromas of dark and dehydrated fruits. Candied plums, cherries and raisins. Nothing not to like.

Taste is really good too. Again a nice big malt bomb, and Founders did a really good job, as usual. Nice sweetness that parallels the smell. In addition to all the dehydrated fruits toffee, caramel and candied fruit, there is a nice flavor of butterscotch. Slight aftertastes of vanilla and oak. Bottle says 50 IBU's but it doesn't feel that way to me. Really nice flavors blended together.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, full bodied and full flavor. Silky, smooth, and a good balance of flavors. No hop presence in the flavor but a slight bitter feel in the finish. Might be slightly under carbonated due to the age, but this guy is 3 years old, so I'd say it's held up quite nice for the age. Drinks well, a nice sipper. Alcohol doesn't doesn't burn or anything either, well hidden for a brew that's almost 10%. Overall another great beer from Founders.

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,801 ratings.