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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: 3,832
Reviews: 1,128
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 151
Gots: 752 | FT: 48
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light brownish creamy head that dissipates very quickly and the head was not very frothy to begin with. The beer itself is a clear dark color with hints of ruby. The beer leaves quite a bit of lacing. The smell is very sweet and a little bit tarty. The strong notes are caramel with mix of molasses and oak with a bit of a cherry smell. The oak is weakest of the notes but still works very well giving that nice harsh non-sweet note at the end of a very sweet bouquet. The smell also contains lightly roasted malt notes that add a bit of a cereal smell without compromising the rest of the beer. The beer taste is similar to the smell with a few exceptions. The oak note is stronger and dulls the caramel and fruity sweetness. No roasted malt notes. The molasses note is weaker in the taste and adds a nice tarty note at the end. The taste also has an overall cherry note to it. The mouthfeel is heavy bodied and a little a bit thick. While overall smooth, the beer feels like it's going down a little slower. Biting carbonation. Overall, a pretty good old ale and worth getting when you can.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: A clear copper color. A small, quarter-finger head (off white) that dissiaptes fast. Light lacing.

S: Molassas, malts, oak, butter and bourbon. Could smeel this one all day.

T: Follows nose with a bit of cherries and molassas. Malty. A great bourbon bite. Robust. Didn't like the cherry finish. Reminded me of Founder's Dirty Bastard.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: A nice sipper. The cherries overwhelmed just a bit on the finish, but overall, a terrific old ale. The Old Stock we had right before still blew this one away.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A Carmel colored with strong head in the pour that lingers but residual carbonation dissipates quickly

S oak and charcoal on the nose with malty sweetness and hints of chocolate

T surprising chocolate taste in the forefront with Caremel undertones and a lasting oak and subtle bitterness.

M- smooth low carbonation, medium viscosity.

O- vastly exceeded my expectation.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours 2 fingers of a rich golden lightl orange mocha foam, body is a very opaque burnt orange amber with suspended sediments and lite carb, head dwindles to a solid cap and leaves a nice foam ring after each quaff.

Smell - Dark fruits, dark brown sugar, rich dark toffee, rich vanilla carmels, light oak, warm freshly baked fruit cake.

Taste - sweet over-ripe dark fruits, a slight sour plum cherry amaretto, dark carmels and toffee, some brown sugar and molasses, alcohol soaked vanilla bean and oak, finishes with light sour plumskins, complimentary alcohol and a touch of dry oak.

Mouthfeel - Nearly full and mouthcoating, carb is on the lighter side and silky smooth and soft across the tongue, leaves some very late edges at the very back of the tongue. Latent heat after each sip.

Overall - An excellent old ale, great balance and complexity, flavors are bold and distinct and all complimentary, nearly a perfect symphony, a pleasant warming alcohol heat after each sip. I've aged this one for 2 years before opening and it is silky smooth - fantastic!

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3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a huge light tan head that settles into a very high density, the beer is very clear and a nice bare color, nice head retention. Amber malt, nuttiness, pretty faint under that head Light malt sweetness, has an alcohol warmth to it, bread, some spice, caramel, hints of grain Palate: soft carbonation, very heavy and thick mouthfeel, alcohol on the aftertaste. The taste hides the ABV very well and you can tell it is well made when you drink it due to the seriousness of the beer.

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
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