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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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BA SCORE
90
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3,533 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,533
Reviews: 1,103
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 135
Gots: 652 | 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:
50 IBU
Old ale brewed with molasses and oak-aged.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-31-2005)
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Photo of Immortale25
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%

Had on-tap at Appalachian Vintner Asheville. Served in a tapered 12 oz glass.

A- Pours a somewhat murky dark amber color with a 1/8 inch head that doesn't retain very long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a honeycomb pattern behind.

S- Notes of raisin, vanilla and a touch of wood with a nice toastiness. A bit of a booze fume.

T- First thing noticed is a subtle maple sweetness that works well with the toastiness of the malt. Alcohol is certainly present but not overbearing. Actually, everything is very well balanced as there's a mild hop bitterness.

M- Slightly sharp from the alcohol and a tad sticky. Medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A very easy drinking high ABV old ale that has incredible balance but keeps me interested all the way to the last sip.

Immortale25, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of dtomes
4/5  rDev -0.2%

dtomes, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of brutusmuktuk
4.33/5  rDev +8%

Pours a murky copper color with a very weak head. Has a malty aroma, with light hints of fruit. Feels heavy like molasses, and has a lightly sweet molasses and malty flavor. There is a hint of bitterness at the end to offset the subtle sweetness. Very enjoyable, complex ale.

brutusmuktuk, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of CowsandBeer
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

CowsandBeer, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

GreesyFizeek, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.73/5  rDev -7%

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.

chinchill, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of NonicPanic
5/5  rDev +24.7%

NonicPanic, Feb 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Mcwill51, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

baerb69, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of bigaddy
4.25/5  rDev +6%

bigaddy, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

GRap, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Sarah257
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Sarah257, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of bralston345
4/5  rDev -0.2%

bralston345, Feb 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Phishagonia, Feb 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

jeffwright, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

ArtZan, Feb 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

bigred89, Feb 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

astronautjones, Feb 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

jklecko2, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of tmm313
4.73/5  rDev +18%

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.

tmm313, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of Burkbom23
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Burkbom23, Feb 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

MarcWP, Feb 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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!

CaptJackHarkness, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of Josh012012
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

Josh012012, Feb 03, 2014
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,533 ratings.