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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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3,455 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,455
Reviews: 1,095
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 133
Gots: 623 | 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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CowsandBeer

Kansas

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%

One of the first beers I put down in my cellar. 2012 bottle. Served chilled in a Blind Tiger Brewery snifter.

Appearance: Poured down the side produced a ring of white sudsy head that stuck around. Dark reddish brown body. Lots of little sediment flakes could be seen floating around.

Aroma: Heavy sweet malts; boozy plums, dates, molasses and leather. Also a very nice butterscotch note.

Taste: Follows the nose. Lots of sweet malts; caramel, molasses, and the nice butterscotch. Boozy plums and floral alcohol. Also a surprising hop presence with a lingering alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel: Very warming. Has a low carbonation with and almost syrupy medium mouthfeel.

Overall: I opened this one a bit before the two year mark since I’ve heard it does not age very well. However, this is drinking quite fine at the moment and I think it could keep progressing. Lots of nice sweet maltyness, floral alcohol and a surprising hop bite. Recommend stock for your cellar.

02-19-2014 05:31:32 | More by CowsandBeer
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.7/5  rDev -8%

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a light reddish color, clear, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like brown sugar, caramel malt, and some dark fruits.

The taste is similar. Not quite as strong of a flavor as I'd expect with an oak-aged old ale brewed with molasses, but it's still decently nice. Tastes like caramel, toffee, and burnt brown sugar. Some dark fruits as well.

Medium bodied, slightly thinner than I'd like. Low carbonation, almost none whatsoever.

A decent ale, but not one I'd clamor to try again.

02-18-2014 03:52:40 | More by GreesyFizeek
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%

12 oz bottle with a bottled on date of Jan. 2013.
Pours hazy, orange-brown with a small, weak head.

Aroma: sweet and boozy with a clear trace of oak. hints of citrus and toffee.

Flavor: Mildly sweet; hints of over-ripe soft fruits and toffee; pretty good until the finish and aftertaste, then notably better.

Feel: medium-full body; slightly harsh (ABV); warming.

O: interesting strong ale.

02-18-2014 02:23:52 | More by chinchill
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NonicPanic

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +24.4%

02-17-2014 21:24:40 | More by NonicPanic
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Mcwill51

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-17-2014 03:51:17 | More by Mcwill51
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baerb69

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-17-2014 00:12:07 | More by baerb69
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bigaddy

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-16-2014 22:53:34 | More by bigaddy
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GRap

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-16-2014 17:27:06 | More by GRap
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Sarah257

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +24.4%

02-16-2014 05:37:58 | More by Sarah257
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bralston345

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-15-2014 22:13:42 | More by bralston345
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Phishagonia

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-15-2014 02:43:12 | More by Phishagonia
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jeffwright

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-15-2014 02:22:12 | More by jeffwright
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ArtZan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-14-2014 20:16:25 | More by ArtZan
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bigred89

Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-14-2014 01:26:03 | More by bigred89
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astronautjones

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-13-2014 22:10:03 | More by astronautjones
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jklecko2

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-12-2014 21:53:07 | More by jklecko2
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tmm313

Georgia

4.73/5  rDev +17.7%

Bottled: 2/15/13
Drank: 2/11/14

A- Dark reddish, brownish amber in the glass. Poured a gorgeous creamy 2 finger head. Awesome sticky lacing. Some floaties in their as well.

S- Extremely inviting. Rich caramel and molasses, raisins, woodsy oak, vanilla, bourbon, and a little bit of pine on the back end.

T- Very nice. Big caramel, molasses, and dark fruit up front, giving way to slight bourbon, oak, pine, a touch of vanilla, and earthy hop spice. Super subtle alcohol burn and citrus rind on the finish.

M- Lighter side of thick body. Creamy and smooth. Slightly drying with a very nice aftertaste.

O- Don't you just love it when you drink a beer not expecting to like it, but walk away with a new favorite? I. Loved. This. Beer. Super balance, huge decadent flavors, and awesome complexity. I will be buying a sixer as soon as humanly possible.

02-12-2014 14:54:19 | More by tmm313
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Burkbom23

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-10-2014 16:51:27 | More by Burkbom23
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MarcWP

Arizona

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-10-2014 06:04:57 | More by MarcWP
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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-08-2014 06:24:02 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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CaptJackHarkness

New York

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

From twelve ounce bottle states bottled 04/13/12.

This beer is a New style for me and I was not sure what to expect. Also, from the date, perhaps too old old ale! That said,
Aroma was a boozy, sweet caramel. Poured headless , cloudy ruddy body. Holding to light shows floating particulates. Taste is alcoholic and bitter/acidic. Overall : Nasty!

02-05-2014 05:21:40 | More by CaptJackHarkness
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Josh012012

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +9%

Must have drank hundreds of these. I Having said that, I feel these are best just above freezing and from the bottle. Sorry.

For me the drinkability of this old ale is what sets it apart from the crowd. These go down way too easy for me. I am usually a stout sipper but sometimes I just want to get drunk. When I am in that kind of mood this is my go to beer. Served just above freezing, these provide me with a great tasting malty beer that gets the job done quick. For me the best tasting most complex beer I can drink in large quantities.

02-03-2014 23:38:29 | More by Josh012012
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Recless7

Idaho

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

02-03-2014 23:37:49 | More by Recless7
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carmike813

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-02-2014 18:55:21 | More by carmike813
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-01-2014 03:12:14 | More by aszatk01
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,455 ratings.