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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: 3,749
Reviews: 1,111
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 144
Gots: 714 | FT: 45
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a flute.

Appearance: A cloudy amber with a 1/4" tan head. Steady bubbles settles quick within a minute or so.

Smell: Weak property of this beer I do mean weak. You smell it then it's gone. I do smell molasses but quickly disappear from the your nose.

Taste: Well in all honesty you have a steady serving of molasses maybe a hint of honey and slight vanilla. Nothing but greatness.

Mouth: Medium carbonation not too bubbly not flat at all. Goes down smoothly but the alcohol is sticky. I am not complaining at all just giving you the warning I was drinking this beer and didn't bother look at the abv level till now 9.8, NICE!

Overall: Smelling this beer might mess up your initial judgement but this beer makes up for it in every other category. It is your "Wee Heavy" type of beer...little sweet but great blend and balance of flavor.

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A- Chill hazed chessnut colored pour. Slight reddish hue. Thin off white. Lacing just sheets the glass.

S- Caramel and toffee with hints of vanilla and brown sugar.

T- Fresh cooked toast, caramel, vanilla with a slight cherry taste. There is a toasted malt dry aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, subtle alcohol warmth, sticky on the lips.

O- Decent, nothing spectactular. Very solid

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2010 bottle into a glass.

A - Looks like a good, non-fresh old ale. Cloe to opaque deep copper with no real head.

S - Pleasant. Lots of molasses and brown sugar with a definite oak presence. The word I would use to describe it is rich. A blending of semidark fruits come through.

T - Again, rich is the word. Taste is much better than the smell. Plenty of the molasses, much more than the sugar. Even with all the molasses flavor it's not extremely sweet - don't get me wrong, it's not dry, but it's not syrupy. The molasses backs a more fruity body that actually finishes much more dry than I expect. Oak is noticeable on the finish. This isn't as complex as Adam (my standard of comparison for the style) but is extremely tasty and remarkably easy to drink for what it is.

M - Excellent. The carbonation is very low but present. Alcohol not noticeable. The sweet and molasses feel doesn't come through as syrupy. Excellent feel for this one.

Excellent beer. I've had this before but usually fresh, and this is notably smoother and richer after only one year. Great offering from Founders, only lacking in that it lacks some of the complexity of the giants of the style, but still well worth seeking out.

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,749 ratings.