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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: 3,378
Reviews: 1,086
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 126
Gots: 607 | FT: 44
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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.

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xav33

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale
12 oz bottle
Bottled 03/05 (?), grouched over 10/06
Medium pour in a snifter

Poured murky brown with a small beige fizzy quickly diminishing head and minimal ring of lacing.

Smelt strongly of raisins, figs, brandy, and light tutti frutti.

Taste was upfront strong sweet apple, candied fruits, figs and raisins, with a hint of spiciness, maybe cloves, followed by a moderate sweet sherry with hints of perfumey hops on an average finish that is reminiescent of dried apricots, with a light bitter grassy kick. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, silky, softly carbonated, and light cozy alcoholic warmth and slight astringency.

Overall, the flavors and aroma are out of this world. The malt is showcased very admireably but well balanced. Very light feeling for such a strong abv. I want another!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 04:36:18 | More by xav33
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has an opaque auburn brown body with a soapy tan head that clings to the edges of the glass forming a creamy meniscus. There are little bubbles of carbonation that cling to the side of the glass.

S- The smell of pine wood with a sweet caramel malt aroma has notes of wet wood and perfumed oak. As it warms a bit there is notes graham in the malt. There is a smell of alcohol as it warms a bit.

T- The taste of oaky malt flavor with a toasted malt that is a bit more dry than sweet. The finish has a light alcohol bite. There is a faint hint of dark roasted malt in the background.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture.

D- This beer has a nice big complex woody flavor and will be great with some age.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 22:39:23 | More by rhoadsrage
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danielocean03

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a thick, cloudy auburn brown with little or no head to speak of, leaves the faintest little beige ring of sticky lace. Moderate sediment floats about, can be seen with a reddish hue when held to the light. Smells deeply of sweet malt,grain, dark ripened fruits, earthen notes, walnuts. Taste is also sweet and malty, resinous woodiness and nutty. Figs and dates, along with brown sugary alcohol flavor. Leaves a slightly drying aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full bodied with very low levels of carbonation, viscous, syrupy like smoothness. Drinkability is decent, a little too sweet all around, nice level of complexity pairs with a hard to detect 9.3% abv. Not a bad old ale, but I've had better. Recommend trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 21:25:08 | More by danielocean03
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the bottle. Poured with no head (even off a hard pour) A completely polluted appearence, clouded over, rusted over, brick copper colour. Smell is above above anything else strong! Easily guessed the barrel aged before being told. A fermented fruit, over-ripened character accompanied by rich wood dimension. Aroma is enough to entice a headache - but one well worthwhile! Aroma is very complex, hard to conceive! Mouthfeel is heavily influenced by the bourbon barrel aged, quite evident - adding a liquere (bourbon) complexity character. Very sweet! Some alcohol mixed in there. Dark spices make for a well rounded, but hard to appreciate flavour. Overly sweet maybe... I'd be happy to have again, perhaps aged, or by a fireplace!
Ripe full with complexity but not sure what else to say. Bourbon is so dominant! Leads to a strong taste despite alcohol being rather quiet. A sticky, toffee finish. Above all bourbon! Big thanks to HogTownHarry, a great finish to a fantastic tasting!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 02:37:44 | More by biegaman
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unclederby

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

No bottling date, still i'm certain this is from the 2006 release. Poured a nice mahogany into the tulip, with a thin layer of tan, creamy foam clinging to the edges of the glass. Bits of floaties were in abundance as were splatches of carbonated activity.

I give it a swirl and take a whiff and am greeted with a noseful of sweetness. Bourbon and rum-like simultaneously, with notes of vanilla, bananas, cherries, and over-ripe plums, molasses and alcohol.

Taste is somewhat fruit-cake like: sweet and estery with just a hint of spiciness... and alcohol. Cake-i-ness.

Full-bodied and robust is the best way to describe this ale as it crosses your palate, with a good bit of chewiness.

Tasty, this beer is best suited as a sipper and a nightcap i think; as it is a slightly agressive beer flavor-wise (rich), and i'm sure the ABV would catch up to one rather quickly.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 05:17:38 | More by unclederby
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IntriqKen

California

4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque mahogany amber with a faint head that disappears quickly. Pours almost like syrup.
Aroma will change with ever degree that it warms. Ripe bananas...vanilla...rum....bourbon...sweet and complex.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a nice ...no, wonderful warmth as you swallow.
Taste...ahhh...everything you smell along with some dark sweet fruits...plums...again vanilla, rum, boubon. Again, sweet and complex. As it warms even more ripe banana and rum and boubon flavors. Amazing. The oak or bourbon barrel aging done on this beer definitely works and works perfectly. All of the vanilla sweetness and richness you would expect from that is here and then some.
Aftertaste is chewy dark fruits and alcohol warmth.
Many thanks to CRJMellor for this trade.
EDIT:
Just had a second bottle of this on Nov 10th, 2006.
Everything that I found in the first except noticed a smokiness to the aromas this time I didn't note the first time.
This is an extremely complex Old Ale...sweeter than most and I love it.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 02:30:13 | More by IntriqKen
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cherry color, with a half inch head that fades quickly to a thin soapy cap, leaving behind a thin webbing of lace. Given the high abv, I'm not surprised that there wasn't much foam.

Smell; wow, there's a very strong woody aroma here, as well as a what I can only describe as brandy. Is this barrel aged? There's dark fruits, such as cherries and dates, and I'm also picking up vanilla as this warms. This thing smells great.

Taste; starts out pretty sweet, and fruity, with cherries and dates, and then the oak barrel, and boozey flavors (almost vinous) make a significant appearance. The vanilla is there, but I'm picking up some coconut, that wasn't present in the nose, and a bit of a peppery spiciness. Finished sweet with caramel and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is full bodied, and very smooth. Dinkability is good for the style and abv, but you still wouldn't want to be drinking more than one or two of these in a nght.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 01:04:18 | More by RedHaze
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Something special for a great warmer on this cold October evening.

Poured an opaque dark brown ale in the glass with a 1 finger tan cap that reduced to a surface clinging lace .

Aromas of dark dried fruits, mustiness oak barreld whisky.

Thick malt spine, oily mouth feel, rich complex boozy character.

Up front you chew on some thick date muffins then a rush of complex layered flavors: raisins, vanilla with coconut, white chocolate, cherries in brandy over the smokey oak -earthy musty tones...finishes up long and wet where the hops attack the complexity and the alcohol shows up, the result is near an oak barreld burbon flavor in the finish.

This ale delivers quite a lot of strength and flavor and comes off like a burbon whisky flavored barley wine....very nicely done.

My sample was fairly young but I bet some time in the cellar would really mellow this and bring out even more complexity

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 22:29:06 | More by pootz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque magenta appearance, slim, thinnish head...likeable, for the style.

Wicked aroma, twisted, thick with dark fruit, port wine, brandy, anise, a bit woody, alcohol evident...fading a touch from the first...but a formidable presence right off the bat. Strong in all aspects.

Tastin'...Thick, clingy, full,old, huge, massive...what, again? A little sweet, and deliciuos,...yum...yum, yum, yum...Gets to mellowing here, and there, but still a magnificent presence. Nice barleywine, I mean "old ale". I mean, "whatever", all the way around.

Sweetness succeeds in the end, emboldened by the great fruity flavor and matched up with the booze. I love it. That's a fine compliment, from one curmudgeon to another.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 10:41:26 | More by feloniousmonk
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SupaCelt

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out to a dark amber colour. It produced a sugary looking tan cap that faded away with haste. I saw some gigantic chunks of matter plop down into the glass that were somewhat unappetizing, but nonetheless this is a decent looking glass of brew. A sloppy pour too.

The nose smells sweet and oak chipped. Candy like. Rind and sunned dark fruit aspects flourish. It seems to tread the line of barley wine which is expected among brutes such as this. It has the characteristics of a raw, high alcohol pulverizer for certain. These types of unfettered brutality usually do not suit my taste, but we'll see what happens here.

The taste is chock full of sweet, fermented fruit character. As far as old ales are concerned this is one. As far as I am concerned this is a bit much on my palate. Dark fruits come out with the decomposing and fermenting character that steers me away from such brews. This is admittedly a style that I am not a great advocate of. That being said this is not entirely too bad. I generally have a dislike for old ales due to the enormous gritty sugar tones I feel from them. There is typically a rotten aspect of fruit character that I perceive and it always manages to turn my stomach. I can find the house flavour within this one and it happens to be one I have grown fond of over the last few years. The oak aspects are not overbearing. Even for a style I loathe, you guessed it, Founders gave me one I nearly enjoy. There is no West Michigan pride here, just the simple truth. I am just lucky to have it close by.

Mouthfeel is thick. Approaching a grit, but ultimately a smooth character. Very slight on the carbonation. It surely proclaims itself as a big beer.

Drinkability is alright for the style. I would never sit down to a few of these. It is more of a hit and run type and nobody would likely dispute that. So, for a single serve I say what the hell, this is decent. You will not catch me filling my jug with this, but as an adventurous beer drinker it is worth a shot. If you are of barbarian blood and you enjoy a drink such as old ale, well step on up. You will most likely enjoy this creation.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 04:47:25 | More by SupaCelt
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again, thanks to Dave from Founders and Chuck the owner of the Dilly Deli in Cincy for hosting the Founders tasting event.
A: Nice, a little darker than amber color. No head and little lacing to speak of.
S: Nice smell of citrus and figs. Can pick up a little alcohol in the nose as well.
T: A little more of a kick than the bottle offers. The flavors are a little more pronounced in the tap offering. A stronger spiced coconut rum is noticeable. A very good offering on draft.
M: Very smooth and good. A little bit more harsh than the bottle due to the pronounced strength of the flavoring.
D: A very sessionable beer. Very smooth and tastes light. The alcohol is sure to catch up with you, but the trip to get there is well worth it.
What can I say, another great brew from Founders that I've gotten to experience on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2006 17:00:56 | More by FtownThrowDown
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby. I had this one a while ago and thought it needed some time, so we'll see where it falls now. It pours a deep deep tea brown color with golden to amber highlites. A light head falls to an almost full coat over top with a solid ring. What I expected. The aroma brings lots of malt. There are incredibly deep caramel tones with a kiss of raisin fruityness and brown sugar. This definately is focused on the caramel and brown sugar with fruityness being in the background. I like it. There is a light kiss of alcohol in there too, but it adds a light spiceyness as opposed to a boozeyness. Flavors are along the lines of the nose. I find deep caramel and brown sugar, with a moderate earthy hop playing well with it. There is a modest bitter on the finish with a fairly prominent puff of alcohol that hits in my nostrils. Again, this is not offensive, but just present. There is a nice solidness about the flavor...the best I can do is to call it deep. The feel is thick with a light slickness and a very light carbonation. I'm not a fan of the slickness. It pulls a little bit of the thick feel away from the beer. This one definately carries the 9+% with it. I will sip this over the next hour or so and I won't be having anything more after it. I enjoy the flavors and aromas. I think there is a little more blending that will happen after another 6 months with this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 04:08:03 | More by kmpitz2
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marcobrau

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Curmudgeon pours a very hazy light brown color without much foam, but enough of a head that settles to a nice collar. The aroma is intoxicating (alcoholic) with a dusty sort of caramel-toffee character. This is a fairly tasty Old Ale for sure, albeit a very intoxicating one. It has the sugary sweet caramel notes that I like in an old ale, along with an interesting bourbon character, but could use some more fruitiness and not as much alcohol coming through. Perhaps this brew just needs some more aging. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and quite good, although the body is a touch thin. A highly alcoholic Old Ale for sure, but still good. One at a time is probably a good idea.

Thanks go to RedBaron for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 23:06:05 | More by marcobrau
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very muddy orange in color. Low carbonation and no head at all. Huge vinuous and alcohol aroma. This puppy screams a lot more then 9.3%! Quite fruity and plum like as well. Huge malt flavor with a big bourbon taste. Extremely vinuous. Mellow alcohol burn in there. All a bit overwhelming I find. Oily slick mouthfeel-quite the lipsmacker. A huge package of a beer-a true sipper if there ever was one. I have to knock down the drinkability a bit as its too overwhelming for me in places. Still another solid beer from Founders. I wish I lived closer for sure.

edit-Just finished beer 20 minutes after starting review and it really came into its own as it warmed. A lot of the vinuous and alcohol bite had mellowed and it was quite pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 00:18:09 | More by lackenhauser
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Sephiroth

Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with decent head, minimal lacing. Body is amber in color. Smells malty and spicy, with plenty of hops.

Tastes boozy and malty. There are dark fruits muddled in rum, some woody notes as well. Mouthfeel is quite full and lightly carbonated. The filling nature of this beer is the only thing that limits its drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 23:18:24 | More by Sephiroth
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

3.05/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

There's no head with little lacing that doesn't stick very well. The smell is sweet brown with butterscotch. It's pungent like perfume, very very sweet perfume. It also has a slight spicyness. It's like wet/sweet wood or cardboard with a sweet sweet brown sugar with spices. Mouthfeel is a little smooth with some good carbonation. I wouldn't have another unless it was fresh only because I was told it was great.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 07:14:01 | More by Erdinger2003
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hoppymeal

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber to brown in color with a very small tan head that quickly fades back. Aroma doesn't do a lot for me, there is just the faintest hint of raisins, but I mainly get a sweet maltiness with some boozy alcohol, not bad, just not overly complex. Taste follows suit although has a little more going on. There is a sweet grape-raisin flavor along with nice sugary caramel sweetness. The alcohol is evident and nicely warms the back of the throat on the first couple sips. Medium sugary body is well balanced by a lightly spicy alcohol presence and a decently dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 02:15:05 | More by hoppymeal
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Odds and Ends Tasting on 8/16/06: Dark amber/brown color with a thin beige head that starts fizzy but calms quickly. Thin spotty lacing. Aroma of whisky, coconut and dark fruits. Rich, smooth body with pungent malt, bourbon and other spicy alcohol flavors. The finish is all coconut and whisky. Definitely different from the norm, and seems pretty raw all around. I would be curious to try an aged bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 15:08:53 | More by Dogbrick
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a shiny almost glazy kind of brown in color with a beautiful brown head.

Smell – The big, huge, boozy coconut and stiff oaky barrel must have left stains on the inside of my nose. The malts were broken down well so the wood and fruit really opened up nicely. It is such a unique aroma and nothing like anything else I have ever smelled.

Taste – The sharp oaky coconut from the smell was just as potent at the taste. It is an amazingly smooth liqueresque flavor with a light, dusty taste.

Mouthfeel – This is thinner than medium-bodied but bigger than light. It is incredibly smooth with no stinging sensation whatsoever from the big alcohol.

Drinkability – This went down about as well as a high-ABV beer can.

Comments – Thanks to my good friend and temporary landlord skyhand for putting me up for a few nights while I was in town and feeding me this exceptional dessert.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 01:50:16 | More by RoyalT
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was surprised to find a 4-pack of this at my local Sam's Wines and Liqours in Downers Grove.Had to pick on up.

Appearance- Pours a very thin, fizzy head with no retention and a sparse ring o' foam. A slightly murky/mucky deep amber with no bubbles to be seen or lacing left behind. But not expected really from an old ale.

Smell- A great malty vine of grapes and currants amidst seas of amber and crystal malts in the nose. Gives hints of molasses even.

Taste- Pretty darkly yet portly vinous. Pretty good combination of malty sweet and viney tart. The currant like flavors mix well with some red malts and prunes that better define the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 04:23:00 | More by scruffwhor
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A musky glowing russet brown with a slim capping of tanned froth. Keeps a good collar with a few straggly branched arms of lace sticking across the glass.

Astounding aroma of maple, honey, oak soaked bourbon. Heavy, heavy, inviting as hell, warm whiskey tone to this sucker. Wow. Wonderful.

Smooth and warming with a good source of whiskey tones behind some maple, honey, vanilla, and white grape accents. Tenderly toasted malt background but huge in malted girth and warmth of gooey rich and thick caramel, maple, toffee, and minor fruityness all encompassed by one very nice powering warmth of whiskey oaken woodyness. No real finishing qualities however as it slides off the back end with an unwanted speed before the warmth sets in with just a slight backburst of crisp vanilla and left over whiskey wood.

Feel is warm, and more warm, and more warm. Strange how some beers with more then 9.3% seem to have no omff while this screams it. Big, bold, and beautiful; rich, smooth, and full. The only set back is the forementioned finish which is escapingly ghostly and parting in a manner that throws a curve in its overall, powering presence.

Be that as it may, that is what makes this quite a drinkable, dandy treat. For if it were all but power and strength, this would not be as easy to handle and may as well just be whiskey at that point.
A very nice Old Ale. Fulfilling and dreamy.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 02:15:18 | More by tavernjef
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aforbes10

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

brown and thick-looking. small head that receeds to just a coating of small bubbles. looks like a glass of watered down maple syrup. sweet odor with hints of chocolate bars, ginger, pine, toffee, oak, ethanol and dates. Very delicious taste. sweetness is the first flavor along with kind of a sharp alcohol bite, but this quickly mellows to a fantastic mix of chocolate, cherries, oak, dates and a fudgey/caramelly blend. Extremely smooth mouthfeel. Way to go again, Founder's. Im looking forward to my first breakfast stout and my second kentucky breakfast, both of which are burning holes in my DBF.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 13:13:23 | More by aforbes10
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expatsteve

Wisconsin

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

Appearance: Murky red brown color. Pours a 1/2 inch head with heavy cover and lacing. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Smells like a fresh loaf of whole wheat bread, with toffee, raisins and a hint of booze. Some nice chocolate and cocoa developments as it warms.

Taste: Smooth chocolate, cocoa and honey, with a nice hops/booze finish. A little plum following an upfront breadiness. Nice raisins in the finish. Nice balance complements grainy front and middle palates. A little pine and juniper in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation makes for a smooth, creamy mouthfeel that balances the flavors of the beer. Nice bitterness in the aftertaste

Drinkability: Nice, rich and boozy, with great malts and a nice biting finish. Definitely a beer that I'll come back to, particularly as the weather turns colder.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 17:36:35 | More by expatsteve
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Head quickly fades to an uneven layer of bubbles, and lacing is average, both somewhat expected for the style. Aroma is vanilla oaky alcohol, possibly over the top, but the variety of flavors is enough to possibly overcome the somewhat exceptional intensity. Taste is also vanilla and oak, with strong alcohol throughout and a warming close. Wish there was a bit more of a malt sweetness background to support all the strong flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth, even if the drinkability is somewhat limited by the flavor harshness, in my mind. Age might help this mellow a bit and make a winner.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 01:18:07 | More by ppoitras
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Malted

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a barley wine glass.

Appearance: Deep dark brown with a tint of red. There appears to be some floating particulate matter (yeast?).

Smell: At first I as unimpressed with the malty herbal smell of the beer, but as I took more and more sips I began to notice that as I put the beer to my nose I smelled candy that made my mouth water for each sip. I still can’t place what candy I am smelling and it is driving me crazy. Cotton candy? No, I don’t think so… Caramels? Hmmm… Perhaps… In any case, I now think the smell is great and with each sniff I long for the next sip.

Taste- Much the same as the smell, the taste starts out malty and herbal. As the beer warms up it releases more of the candy taste. I can’t place the herbal taste either (what a lackluster job my palette is doing today), but it compliments the sweet candy taste.

Mouth feel- creamy and smooth.

Drinkability- This one hits you hard on the alcohol. 9.3%! But mmmm, you really don’t taste it at all. It goes down smooth and leaves you wanting more.

Overall- A wonderful beer. Flavorful, complex, and worth buying another even at its steep price tag of $3.79… I can’t really ask for more.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2006 21:33:21 | More by Malted
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,378 ratings.