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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: 3,834
Reviews: 1,128
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 151
Gots: 751 | 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:
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.1/5  rDev +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.

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of mltobin
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of fvernon
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,834 ratings.