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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)

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rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 11.22%


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.

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ChugginOil

Illinois

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

This one pours a dark honey-brown color with a fingers worth of off white colored head. Leaves walls of lacing as the head dissipates. The nose brings notes of bready, dark, caramel and sweet malts with the high ABV well masked. The taste follows the nose quite closely here. Sweet caramel, roasted toffee, bready malts. 0 hop characteristics. No bitterness. The mouthfeel is creamy and fulfilling as it coats the palate.

Bottom Line: This brew is very well balanced and offers some great sweet tastes that aren't seen in many other brews. The intensity and richness make this one a sipper but with the superbly masked ABV, this can be hard to do. I do wish it was cheaper but you get what you pay for 10 fold here with Curmedgeon.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 18:52:41 | More by ChugginOil
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

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

355ml bottle poured into 16oz tulip.

A - Pours a deep and hazy reddish-copper color with a small, soapy beige head. The head quickly settles to a thin skiff, despite a hard pour. Spotty bits of suds cling to the glass, but no substantial lacing here. There's also a good amount of haze clouding the body up. It even looks pungent and flavorful.

S - A complex, pungent aroma of big earthy malt and assertive hops. Big caramel malt, molasses, toffee, treacle, a touch of musty wood, and some inviting oak. The hops lend both leafy and earthy notes, as well as some unripe stone fruits, namely apricots and tangerines. Light notes of smoke, maple, vanilla, and some boozy sweetness come through as well.

T - Pretty much follows suit with the nose. The first sip is a barrage of rich malty base and assertive, herbal hops. Earthy notes of wood and oak are balanced by sweet maple, vanilla, and toffee. Tons of caramel malt, and big rich sweetness, almost to the point where it becomes cloying. But this is quickly balanced by resinous earthy notes of smoke, molasses and wood. Finishes with a solid punch of hop presence, herbal, earthy, leafy, even some tropical fruits and pine. As my palate adjusts after the first sip, the balance really comes into play. While the flavor profile is huge with sweet malt and bitter hops, the balance really keeps it drinkable. There's a touch of warmth from the ABV in the finish, and some residual boozy sweetness as well. Overall, a delicious, drinkable, and unique flavor.

M - The body feel thick and full, and even a little creamy, but is balanced well by a carbonation done just right; nice and fine keeping the overall feel smooth. Doesn't finish too dry, but does give a little heat at the finish from the ABV. As with most beers of this nature, a sticky residue builds up as well.

D - Overall this was a real treat for me. To my inexperienced palate, the assertive presence of both malt and hops here sort of reads as a barley wine. However, I find this more accessible and drinkable than most barley wines because the hop presence and alcohol doesn't become too overbearing; this remains drinkable and very tasty throughout. While I probably wouldn't consider this much of an old ale by my standards, it's certainly a unique beer, and I certainly enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 02:13:30 | More by Converge
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jpro

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from Northbridge Piggly Wiggly... Poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

A: Pours a gingerbread brown, with a light tan, pinky-width head; retention fades to a thin ring that leaves no lace (as expected at 9.8%).

S: Wow... A very rich aroma... heavy caramel malt; rum cake; maybe a touch of brown sugar; nutmeg (?); some alcohol aroma floats the nose, too, giving it a little heat.

T: Poppy seed cake; sweetbread; fig; pretty impressive hop finish - a lot of citrus / earthy / leafiness on the end; complex.

M: Medium-full body; higher carbonation; a touch syrupy / oily on the palate.

O: A very nice old ale - one of the better one's I've had; on the same level as Bell's Third Coast old ale; really good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 01:07:36 | More by jpro
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Josh012012

Minnesota

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 23:38:29 | More by Josh012012
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Dave1999

North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brownish amber with a small white head.

The smell is molasses,caramel and spices.

The taste is malty, caramel, brandy, vanila with a touch of alcohol.

The mouthfeel is is fairly thick with medium carbonation.

This is a tasty beer, rich and full of flavour. Pretty sweet like a brandy liqueur.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 21:59:14 | More by Dave1999
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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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Westsidethreat

California

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

Thanks to NucularGeorge for this one. Early 2006 I can only assume as there is no identifiable date on the bottle.

A: Looks how I'd expect it to. Deep, unfiltered toffee color with almost no head. The beer is very still, no bubble movement. Head has fallen to the smallest possible ring around the glass.

S: A lot of bourbon on the nose. With that comes oak, vanilla and caramel. Overall malty with hints of powdered cocoa and blackberry.

T: Begins very fruity with obvious bourbon notes. More caramely than toffee with surprisingly apparent hops. Moves towards a butterscotch aspect which is quite pleasant. Finishes lightly bitter with lingering vanilla/butterscotch flavors. The alcohol doesn't try to hide, its pretty much upfront and in your face. Aftertaste of caramel buttercreme stays long with the drinker

M: Full and syrupy with a touch of cream. Fitting for the style.

D: Very nice and tasty. I love me bourbon aged beers. But with 2-3 years under its belt, this beer would be a force to be reckoned with. Most beers of this caliber get very cloying after a period of time, this one doesn't. I would actual consider drinking another one of these right now.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 04:49:45 | More by Westsidethreat
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stoutman

Michigan

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

This brew has a hazy dark red pour, there are hues of burnt orange, ruby and brown in this brew, pour gave a thin covering of tiny bubbles. Looks viscous and syrupy in the glass, interesting, lots of malt flavor, has a big malt sweetness, brown sugar, chocolate, light berries and candy, some mild hops but not a big bite. Alcohol warmth felt at the first sip. Another worthy effort from Founders.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 01:04:30 | More by stoutman
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drcarver

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Virtually no head, but what limped to the top was an off white color. The murky full body was a medium red.

S - Moderately malty with hints of cookie and nuts. Lightly yeasty with the smell of dough.

T - Sweet, bitter, and acidic at the start. The sweetness carries through the beer. An average finish that is very clean.

M - Full dry body that finished watery. Very soft on the palate. A slight dirness and moderate alcohol finish.

D - Keep it slow and keep it easy. A thicker beer, but it is definitely one that goes down nose and easy.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 00:22:08 | More by drcarver
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mwa423

Ohio

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

A - An aggressive pour out of the bottle gave a single finger of head that died down to lacing that stuck through the rest of the glass. The color is dark brown with a hint of red when you hold it up to light.

S - Very sweet smell. There is a hint of malt, but it doesn't smell like the usual malt flavor, but of certain types of raw malt.

T - Very good style bitterness, really not complex at all but it gets it dead on for the style.

M/D - Very easy drinker, it just goes down easily and leaves a great aftertaste. While I doubt I would kill the four pack, it is something I wouldn't mind having regularly.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 00:23:11 | More by mwa423
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PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

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

Appearance: Pours with a deep brownish red colour, a fast fading small off-white head, very little carbonation.

Aroma: The nose is very sweet, with toffee-apple, butterscotch, creamy caramel, and the slightest hint of alcohol. Really great aroma.

Taste: This tastes just like it smells, there is a sweet toffee apple right at the start, with smooth caramel, and creamy butterscotch. The finish has a mildly smokey character that lingers.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, chewy, and sticky.

Drinkability: The flavours are so incredibly well rounded and moreish that it is dangerously drinkable. There isn't a hint of alcohol in the taste, which for a beer that almost reaches 10% is a fantastic achievement. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 20:46:13 | More by PartyBear
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jjanega08

Minnesota

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

A= Pours a nice amber color with a little bit of floaties in it. The head is a half finger high head that is a strange yellow color with some decent lacing.

S= Excellent barrel notes in it. Really an exceptional barrel aroma. Nice coconut and vanilla notes in it. Oaky notes of wood. Really nice. A nice caramel nose to it.

T= The flavor is very similar to the nose. There is a nice oaky flavor to it. The oak notes are nice vanilla and coconut. Tons of caramel in it. Tasty as hell. I really like this one.

M= Nice and coating. A good thick feel to it.

D= Great Old ale! This is one of my new faves. I can't believe it isn't rated higher. This is an excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 03:48:30 | More by jjanega08
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

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

Comes out of the tap a bubbly semi-transparent dark honey golden - the way it was poured I wasn't able to comment on the head. Malty aroma has a honey-sweet overtone. Malty, lively flavor has hints of spice, a nice alcohol bite and a hoppy undertone. Edgy, fizzy texture has a fierce, brandy-like bite.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 16:10:49 | More by Cyberkedi
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - It pours a ruby-russet hue, quite translucent, with a short-lived white head and not much lace.

S - Caramel, toffee, and naked barley are balanced by a slightly floral hop. I can't really recall how this is any different than Dirty Bastard, though hit seems a bit more well-rounded. The nose becomes less appealing as it airs out, though.

T - In addition to the character expressed in the nose, there are elements of vanilla and a perceptible earthiness. This brew tastes like the stepping stone between Dirty Bastard and Backwoods Bastard, to put it simply.

M - Silky and smooth, slightly larger than medium-bodied, and with a booziness the leaps out beyond the finish.

D - Quite nice, though I prefer my Old Ale to be bitterer (and therefore hoppier.) Believe it or not, 'bitterer' is a word (according to MicrosoftWord) and it is more preferable in usage than 'more bitter'. So please go back, fellow BAs, and correct your verbiage in prior reviews, as I have done here.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 06:01:23 | More by ktrillionaire
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kirok1999

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very light copper, nice white head that quickly fades.
Smells of nice sweet malts, vanilla, oak.
Tastes even better than the smell. Super nice carbonation makes this very smooth. Nice dark fruits, raisins, caramel, vanilla. The alcohol is well hidden, hardly noticed it at all in the taste.
Exactly what an old ale should be. Thick, creamy and sweet. One of the best out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 05:33:07 | More by kirok1999
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this from EvilKeith in a trade.

This one pours a dark copper amber with a little cherry to it. The head is a bumpy film of manila.

Smells like bourbon. This is good. There are also strong hints of vanilla with some gingersnap cookies and heavy caramel.

There’s lots of bourbon in the flavor too. This is riding on top of a scotch ale and pipe tobacco base with some nectarines, cherries, peaches and marshmallows. There’s a nice aromatic bourbon and smooth vanilla bean in the finish.

Feels dense and clean with a fuzzy carbonation with a little electric sting to my mouth.

I’m just going to assume this one’s spent some time in a bourbon barrel. It seems to be a good introduction to barrel beers if one was interested. Makes for a good sipper over all.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 13:26:34 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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abfraser

California

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep opaque mahogany with a nice sized white head.

S: Caramel malt, candi sugar, dark fruits (cherry) and coconut

T/M: Damn is this good. Alcohol and sugar soaked cherries. Big malt profile. Lingering spice and maybe some toffee. Full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel. This is awesome stuff

D: I could drink this all night even though it would leave me horrendously hung over. It just might be worth it.

An awesome beer. I actually prefer this over the Breakfast Stout, which while a great brew, is a little overrated in my book. For those that like old-style ales, this one is worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 03:03:18 | More by abfraser
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Deep amber under a small tan head. No lace, no retention.

S: Nice fruity aroma mixed with some wood, vanilla, citrus and piney hop. Incredibly nice aroma.

T: Nice taste, fruit is a little less, wood and vanilla character much more apparent. Very balanced, decent hit of bitterness in the finish with a splash of alcohol.

M/D: Surprisingly not so heavy, full bodied, but carbonation is low, and it feels light (but still on the heavy end of the spectrum). Good drinkability. Delicious beer. Superb.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 22:43:32 | More by NCSUdo
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bigkahunas4

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a single 12 oz of this guy after really being impressed by the Breakfast Stout. I really dig the artwork of the labels, and always love me a stubby bottle. Poured into an oversize snifter after letting it warm to room temp a bit.

Curmudgeon entered the glass a milk, honey brown. Head is basically nonexistent, which is a cause for concern for this particular bottle. A thin film around the edges, leaving very minimal lacing. Also leaving much to the imagination is a lack of much in the sell department. Though, in its defense, as it warms they come more alive. Gooey caramel, spiced fig, and other sweet candied notes come alive, in what is obviously going to be a nice big malt bomb.

And a big malt bomb it is. My eye lit up instantly. After beginning to be let down by this brew, the taste really came in guns blazing. Curmudgeon begins by coating your tongue with a rye bread, moving to the back of the mouth releasing the sweetest of old ale yeastiness. Tons of sweet sugar, a big carame punch, and dark fruits. The finish is balanced out with a slighty grassy bitterness. Finish also is quite dry, keeping your hand in constant swing for more.

While starting slow, this one finished with a bang. Technically this isn't my favorite, but for sure I'll be loading up my closet with these.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 00:23:51 | More by bigkahunas4
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jerrytrey

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a huge fan of Founders but generally do not find Old Ales that I like out there. That made the Old Curmudgeon an interesting and bold purchase for me personally. The blend of overall sweetness along with the thickness in feel and overall complex flavors to old ales has made it difficult for me to find one I love.

I poured a 12oz bottle medium speed into a beveled 16oz NERAX pint glass. The beer poured out showing a strikingly perfect color for my tastes in a beer like this: a blend of brown caramel and burnt pumpkin orange colors surrounded the glass while at an angle looking upwards towards the thin head I see a deeper brown, almost like a stained mahogany. I know this is a "thick" beer and I haven't had a taste. Smell was of slight vanilla, caramel and raisin. No single smell seemed outright dominant. Extremely pleasurable smell in this beer. Upon first taste I am almost overwhelmed. First opinion was that this was indeed a "thick" beer. The mouthfeel was a tad surprising at first but soon I adjusted and the thickness of the beer was preferred. I soon realized how wonderfully balanced tasting a beer of this complexity is. Malty to my tastes, but not in a bad way. Just the right amount of caramel and mild malt balances things out by cutting the smack you get from the strength of the beer. This makes this beer very, very drinkable despite the punch it packs. I'm not 100% sold that I want a beer with this much action in the mouthfeel (initial lip hit, tongue fall of the beer, the follow-up coating of the tongue with thickness of the malt) but if you know you want an Old Ale, this has to come recommended. I think this is a solid A- on my personal scale. Only reason I say it can improve is the mouthfeel to me at this young age is still really thick. I have 3/4 of the pack down in the cellar for aging. I strongly believe this is a candidate with some aging and will be researching to see just how long people have been holding this for.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 02:12:57 | More by jerrytrey
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours into a goblet a glowing orange-cider hue with a thin head hinting at retention but ultimately receding quickly to a thin collar, leaving chunky sticky lacing sporadically down the glass. A fair bit of hazy sediment glowing through the glass.

aroma is incredibly rich once the brew is allowed to warm. Notes of scotch, raisins, plum, cinnamon, anise, alder and oak, cardamom, leather, smoke and peat. Rich, complex, dark. cherries, cassis and persimmon. Sherry and a touch of bourbon.

Taste follows aroma in a menagerie of complexity that's difficult to pinpoint, yet undeniably delicious. Rich dark fruits, a strong alcohol presence, and a woody, smoky, leathery earthiness. Cherries, raisins, figs. bourbon, a touch of sherry, and a hint of whiskey. Oak, alder, birch, sarsaparilla, a touch of ginger, pepper, anise, and cardamom. a bit of peat, loamy, earthy and rich. vibrant.

Mouthfeel is dead on for the style. Thick, rich, and full, with just enough carbonation to keep it alive. Coats the tongue beautifully without being too heavy. a perfect sipper with just enough bitterness to counteract the syrup sweet.

Impressive old ale. Definitely a nice interpretation of the style. a bit muddled at points, and a bit undefined at others, but all in all a delicously drinkable brew. I'm really wishing I hadn't just finished the last drop - this is one I could sip on all night. The alcohol, while strong in flavor, is really not potent in a cloying sense. Hides relatively well, making this one solidly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 07:21:10 | More by djeucalyptus
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becktone

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

From notes 7-23-09

Eye: This beer is more or less copper in color, with orange, red and yellow hues. Clarity is real good, the body is very easy to see through. Head formation, retention and lacing are all lacking, very much so. This is the only thing that I think this beer could use some serious work on.

Nose: Huge nose here, as soon as it pours and is opened, before its even close to the nose, huge vanilla, oak, and sweet malt aromas hit the nose, also getting some brown sugar type of aromas from far away. When right up in the nose there is a dark sweetness in here that must be coming from the molasses that is used in this beer. Alcohol is well hidden. Big caramel aromas come out too, quite a lot going on. I get different characteristics with my nose right up in the glass and just sitting back with the glass about a foot away. Nice aroma on this one.

Tongue: Oakiness is apparent right up front, bitterness from hops balances this one out quite nice along with some lingering astringincy and dryness from the oak. Alcohol is noticeable but doesn't get anywhere close to being in the way of this beer's flavor. Molasses can be tasted. Vanilla tones come in more towards the finish of this one. Overall a nice beer, very good old ale, perfect for the weather out today-overcast and Fallish like...in July! Quite suitable for cooler days, just taking be back to simpler times, something like the four pack carrier says salty seamen etc, etc, tall ships, etc...-

Feel and Drinkability: Moderately carbonated and medium-heavy in body. I think that carbonation could be a bit lower and still this beer would work, if not work better. I feel that the carbonation here is just to aggressive, the bubbles are fine in texture, but they just attack so vigorously that I think it takes away from the beer a bit. At first its fine, its after the brew's been in the mouth a bit, somewhere around mid palate that they all aggressively break out and assualt the palate. I think it could be toned down a bit, but by no means is this a fault, but in my opinion it could be better. This is an extremely drinkable beer, and dangerous especially on a day such as this. 60 some degrees in the middle of summer, breezy out, refreshing air, the smell of fall in the wind...it would be real easy to get real wasted easily with this one in hand. I'll definitely enjoy the rest of these. For me, on a day like this this beer is just as a good novel that takes you away, away from reality for just a bit...to escape the real world for a while. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 21:10:32 | More by becktone
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farrago

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One finger of orange-tan hued head, mostly dense foam but all kinds of bubble sizes found, foamy lacing as well, clings then slowly slides downwards. Brick red, rust color to more dark amber orange further out, warm and murky glow throughout. Sweey, jiggling jelly roll of a nose, brown sugar and molasses, sure, also coconut shavings, orange marmalade, crème brûlée and French vanilla ice cream, satisfyingly sweet but not insipidly ingratiating, firms up as it sits in your nostrils. Medium-bodied and actually a lot lighter in its feet than one might expect given the sweetness factor. Molasses, caramel, cocoa, cinnamon and coconut cream waste no time in asserting themselves, soft and inviting, at the same time the carbonation subtly lifts things up and prods them forward. Rich peach, apricot, nectarine fruit flavors too while tangerine and pink grapefruit citrus abounds. Full finish that fills the belly and makes you want to refill the empty glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 23:00:00 | More by farrago
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violanojblues

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark amber/honey brown. pretty cloudy (i think i got a little too much yeast in my glass). i heard there's not much head on these so i poured it somewhat aggresively. the result was a nice light tan head which hung around pretty long and left little lacing.

Smell - wow! very sweet, vanilla and butterscotch-y with a boozy finish.

Taste - not as complex as it smelled. a really nice barrel-aged strong ale. not over-flavored as some beers in this catagory can be. very clean tasting.

Mouthfeel - kinda light with a mellow boozy aftertaste. slightly chewy.

Drinkability - very smooth. the sweetness works well with the 9.8% ABV.

a nice sipper on a crisp, autumn, michigan evening.

i look forward to buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 01:50:13 | More by violanojblues
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: A deep and cloudy orange amber with a small white head that fades into a patchy layer. Decent lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of caramel and toffee malts with vanilla, cherries, and hints of dark fruits. Also hints of oak, citrus, and booze. Smells pretty sweet.

Taste: Malty sweetness up front from the caramel, toffee, vanilla, and dark fruits. Has a nutty character. Finishes with some grassy hop bitterness mixed with a light kick of booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high body with a light to medium carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy considering the alcohol.

Overall: A nice tasting old ale that is pretty easy drinking considering the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 06:17:16 | More by MattyG85
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 2,896 ratings.