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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: 3,871
Reviews: 1,134
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 156
Gots: 770 | 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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Ratings: 3,871 | Reviews: 1,134
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3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottling date seems to have disappeared...but if I can remember correctly, this is about 8 months old.

A - a deep ruby body with hints of orange. A nice thing. A small white head and thick ring top it off.

S - pretty heavy on sweet caramel malts. some dark fruits and roast. Very sweet and malty.

T - a lot more roasted character than in the nose. biscuity, dry, earthy, fruity. Not so bad.

M - big and full and thick. Really good feel.

O - this is a pretty good beer, i think. It might do better with a bit more age, but it tastes pretty good and has a lot going on.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/15/12
*From notes

-- Vintage 2010 / Consumed side by side with Curmudgeon's Better Half --

A: Cider brownish-crimson in color. A generous pour yields a 2.5 finger off-white head. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Stodgy sweetness. Hints of caramel and candied sugar own the nose, though it's not overly complex.

T: Mellow. In fact it's much more mellow then I prefer in an Old Ale. The alcohol has really toned down in the last eighteen months. There's a rather large gap missing on the mid where the hops used to be. A mild woodiness literally hits the fore and rolls right on to the finish, where a drying molasses and light char round this out.

M: No complaints here. Low key yet balanced carbonation and texture.

O: Founders Curmudgeon isn't quite the beer I remember when fresh, when I feel it drinks a bit better. It's a good beer, but not a great beer, as there are better in-style that I'd recommend before this. An above average offering in general, though it's a middle of the road entry in Founders world class portfolio.

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4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. 2011 edition.
Poured into dimpled mug a cloudy dark amber with very little head retention. Smells clean, light citrus scent, very complex mix of sweet, dark fruits, malt and a bit of hops. Taste is a nice blend of the aforementioned smells with the 9.8% abv adding a nice warming presence to the very nice complexity of the flavors and a velvety burn on the finish, but very good, very drinkable even for a sipper. Another solid Founders beer that I will happily purchase more of in the future.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, NoSignsOfPain!

Slightly hazed amber/ruby/brown with a moderately sized khaki head atop that leaves dots of stick to he glass. Pretty.

A somewhat sweet and boozy aroma, with notes of brandy certainly present, along with dark fruits, and sweet caramels and toffees. While this sounds particularly potent, it also seems even subdued and faraway. What's here is pleasant, I just wish there was a bit less alcohol and more fruit/caramel/malt character.

The flavor is nice, though not particularly aggressive or bold. There's very little alcohol presence, which is a nice surprise after I found some in the aroma. Sweet caramel, toffee, hints of brandy, and dark fruit (cherry and raisin) complement each other nicely.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

One of the easiest to drink old ales I've yet to have.

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2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

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4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/09/11

A: Thin, just off-white head, deep orange hazy color, decent carbonation, not much for lacing

S: Molasses sweetness, sweet fruits, sweet malts, vanilla, touch of earthiness

T: Sweet molasses and malts up front, caramel, oak, bitterness at end and warming

M: Smooth and creamy, medium-bodied, lower carbonation, the low-point of the beer for me

O: Good stuff, really hope I can get my hands on some more this year to try it fresh and as it ages

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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