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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: 3,877
Reviews: 1,135
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 156
Gots: 773 | FT: 46
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
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Ratings: 3,877 | Reviews: 1,135
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 8, 2014.

The pour is a handsome looking copper to dark amber or more akin to mahogany with a modest, long lasting off-white head. A tad foggy.

The aroma is generally subtle or muted but I do pick up a nice character of roasted caramel malts, oak, molasses, and only a hint of booze, which I thought might be more predominant for a 9.8% fresh old ale.

Medium to full body but also smooth.

The taste is what makes it all worthwhile as the molasses and caramel malts are voracious in their presentation with only a vague alcohol burn. You would get more booze in a malt liquor. Mildly bitter finish. Wonderfully drinkable for what it is.

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A- Amber/light brown in color and clear. Small off-white head that fades quickly. Slight lacing.

S- Caramel, sweet malts, some fruitiness like raisins/prunes, bourbon booze.

T- Prunes, caramel, bourbon, slight vanilla taste.

M- Buttery is the best word. Smooth and on the fuller side. A little boozy going down as one would expect at near 10% abv.

O- Not a huge fan of the style but I liked this one. A sipper for sure. Nicely done.

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2014 vintage Bottle poured into a game of thrones snifter.

A - ruby with hints of gold and bronze.

S - certainly malt and yeast present. Some sort of fruit - possibly apricot and oak from the barrels are present.

T - vanilla and slight caramel in there. Flavors of oak as well mixed in with the sweetness. Bitterness at the end to balance everything out well.

M - medium carb with full body.

O - a decent showing here by the (OLD) curmudgeon. May he age with the best of them.

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On tap at When Pigs Fly. In a snifter the beer was a dark red/brown color. There was a medium-sized white head that left a good amount of sticky lace.

Nice aroma. Sweet malt/caramel. Oak. Dark fruit. On the boozy side.

Caramel/butterscotch taste. Plums and raisins. Still a noticeable amount of booze.

Nice beer. Maybe a little more boozy than I would have wanted.

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Poured in to a pint glass.

A scant off-brown/tan head developed and dissipated quickly. The beer is a dramatic reddish gold with hints of ruby.

The aroma is not particularly strong -- malty sweet and no hops presence.

The main flavor component is malty, roasty sweetness. It has the characteristic oak-aged flavor: vanilla and bourbon -- but not too strong in either -- plus some tobacco. It's a high ABV beer, but the alcohol is well integrated with the other components. The hops take a back seat to the sweetness at first but then linger for a while at the end.

The body is full, bordering on being thick, and the carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, this is a very nice beer -- fun to drink as there's a lot going on in it (it's oak aged and contains molasses). It has a good balance between the sweetness and the hops. It's a good dessert beer, but would probably pair well with the right foods.

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
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