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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: 3,868
Reviews: 1,133
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 156
Gots: 767 | FT: 47
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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
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Ratings: 3,868 | Reviews: 1,133
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Curmudgeon has a brownish-red body and a finger or so of tan head that has good retention and minimal lacing.

Tons of malt in the nose with a lot of warmth as well.

The two words that describe Curmudgeon best are definitely sweet and boozy. A touch of hops comes through with some earthy flavors and a punch of citrus as well as a bit of bitterness, but it's all malt after that. Big notes of molasses mix with caramel and toffee. All three are well represented here and combine to give the beer a flavor that is something like pudding. Dark fruits come next, and they taste as if they were soaked in booze. A little bit of powdery cocoa dries things out a bit, as well as a spicy oak flavor, but mostly this one is all sweet and heat. The finish is quite hot actually.

Hot on the tongue, with a body that is a touch thinner than I would expect, but still solid.

Curmudgeon is somewhere between Old Ale and Barleywine, and although it is drinkable, the nearly 10%ABV is unsurprising.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz (undated) bottle into a pint glass.

I really like the way this beer looks. It's a murky, chestnut brown with amber highlights. A 1 & 1/2 finger light cream head with a cinnamon colored swirl of sediment that rises to the top makes me wonder what I've gotten myself into. The head settles quickly, leaving mild lacing behind.

The nose is very nice. A very buttery toffee aroma hits first, along with a sweetness. Seems like a candied fig or date. As the beer warms, I pick up some smoky wood tones.

On the tongue, I'm tasting a sweet caramel/toffee, along with butter rum. The oak comes out a little more here as well. A decent hop balance here also, along with a nice warming alcohol kick.

For me, the mouthfeel is outstanding. Very smooth and creamy, medium full body with low carbonation. The hops are mild, but enough to provide just a little bite, and the finish is sweet and sticky.

I don't have much experience with this style, but I like this beer a lot. Layers of interesting flavors. I wouldn't expect anything less from Founders.

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes, sampled 12/29.

Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale, an extra from a trade with Jarod (thanks man) poured into one of our huge tulip style wine glasses. Bottled on March 4th, 2010.

A: Pours a murky as hell pond water brown with hints of gold...there is good lace from an off white head that actually sticks around for awhile...great alcohol feet.

S: Wow, a lot here...prunes and apples, caramel and molasses, tons of bready notes and sweet sugary perfume...oak.

T: Buttery diacetyls, caramelly sweet sugar residuals...huge malt bomb...molasses and oak. No hop presence at all, and no real alcohol presence either, just a light twang and a bit of warm bitterness on the finish.

MF: Pretty solid mouthfeel, bigger and creamier, some bitterness on the finish. Lower carbonation.

O: This is definitely a well-crafted beer and probably a must-try of you like old ales. To me, the matly, sugary, buttery notes were too overwhelming.

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3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby red with visible sediment floating about. Light tan head lingers around the edges.

Not very aromatic. Little toffee, toasted malts, and alcohol heat.

Upfront taste is slightly sweet toffee, caramel, raisin-like fruit, and toasted malts. Little alcohol present. Finish is toasty and boozy with some molasses but not that sweet. Lingering molasses flavor.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly syrupy. Hint of alcohol heat at the finish.

A good sipper with nice complex flavor. Aroma leaves something to be desired. A beer I'd have to be in the mood for to have again.


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3.49/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
2010 vintage

A: Hazy, medium amber color with a patchy residue of fairly large off-white bubbles. lacing remains on the glass and solids hang suspended throughout the column.

S: Bready, with a fairly aggressive level of toast to it. Lesser fruit occupies the middle range of color, suggesting dates, while new aromatic wood is also suggested. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins sweet, with refined caramel and pale malt, immediately spirituous, and early herbaceous bitterness. Acidity, though soft, is transmitted rather boldly in the taste, probably encouraging fruit flavors to develop more rapidly than they otherwise might. Heavy yeast esters do carry with them the perception of cooked fruit in the middle, resulting in a fairly deep variety to what initially appeared to be clean and straightforward on the palate. Bitterness is moderate in the drying finish, where aromatic flavors of musty wood, earth, brandy, and resurgent but huskier grain all become very interesting.

M: Moderate to thick viscosity, initially astringent on the palate which clashes with the overall syrupy decadence, with low carbonation.

D/O: Really more interesting than good, this old ale seems to ooze authenticity. While no part of it qualifies as offensive, there is a discordant note than is struck early on in the taste by a precocious bitterness that is awkwardly fresh in its plant-like way. Then on its heels is a similarly lively acidity; taken together, these two elements have the effect of splitting the flavor profile into asymmetrical halves. Deeper on things seem to normalize, with a remarkable complexity coming on by the finish.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a burnt orange with a nice creamy lacing and not much head.

The nose is pretty complex and changes quite frequently. First I got a lot of booze. Then as it opened up I got more of the pronounced notes like the oak, vanilla, and , toasted malt characters. Almost reminds me of a whiskey scent. Very complex and pleasant.

The taste on this one is very nice. Pretty much all the notes that you get on the nose are present in the taste. I'm getting a lot of vanilla on the tip of the tongue, you get that oak (wood) character in the middle along with a big bready malt profile, and the finish you get a tad bit more of the vanilla and then the I'm left with a little bitter aftertaste. Pretty complex brew too say the least. It is pretty smooth and somewhat creamy, very easy to drink. You don't really taste the alcohol.

Overall a very nice Old Ale from an amazing brewery. I have yet to be let down from Founders. This particular bottle had some age on, I would like to try one fresh to compare. It was really smooth, lots of flavor, and a perfect beer for a nice cold night.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1010th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
12 oz

Didnt see a bottle date

Thanks to erikkoppin for this one. Paired with Christmas dinner prime rib.

App- A very muddled orange brown with a mix of yellows and gold from say a whiskey color. A good 1-1/2 finger head that was a dirty water color with only a small bit of cling lace.

Smell- There seemed to be a lot going on in this glass. A little bit of oak, some earthy bread notes, a little bit of alcohol burn and some sweet vanilla caramel.

Taste- A bit malty which was expected. Seems to taste like a larger faded DIPA that is past its experation but has more vanilla and sweetness behind it. I like the layering of an old ale for sure.

Mouth- A medium body with a medium carbonation level with a good bit of vanilla and oak on the finish.

Drink- I really enjoy old ales and this was right up there with some of the better ones I have had. I like the vanilla notes that were prevalant in this one. Would love to age some of these.

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
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