Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) - Founders Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev -2.2%
Picked up a single at Total Wine at the end of April for $3.49. Could not determine the bottled date.
Beer poured mahogeny orange with a smallish off white head that dissipated quickly.
Nose is malty sweet, hints of molasses.
Taste was alcohol warming right off the bat, huge malt backbone in which the molasses complements nicely. Enough hopping is present to prevent this from being cloying.
Mouthfeel is big and smooth.
Overall this fits the Old Ale style of brew with the big alcohol bite up front and the big flavors as well. A little mis-cast in the spring release mode but tasty nonetheless.
07-30-2014 01:06:26 | More by arizcards
3.84/5 rDev -4.5%
12oz bottle into a snifter
Bottled on: none, must have rubbed off
A: Pours a dark copper, nearly brown with just under 1 fingers width of tan head. Head dissipates down at a moderate rate and leaves a good amount of lacing.
S: Tart apples, candied sugar, molasses, subtle caramel. Interesting, but not terribly complex.
T: Pretty big sweetness with caramel, candied sugar, and molasses. Some cocoa and oak notes. Subtle bitterness. Taste is more like an old ale than the aroma, and is quite good.
M/D: Medium bodied, a bit thinner than I anticipated. Carbonation on the heavier end. ABV is very well masked and drinkability is good.
O: Good, not great but certainly worth a drink. And with its mass availability its probably something I will visit a couple times a year.
07-30-2014 00:41:03 | More by zac16125
4.35/5 rDev +8.2%
Curmudgeon is a beautifully richand balanced example of the old ale/barleywine class of big brews. This is a beer to share with someone special on Christmas Eve. The ony things I feel might improve it a bit would be a touch of Brett and/or a few years of cellar aging.
Sweet, rich, aromatic, hugely malty but balanced by a generous spine of 50 IBUs of hops. I really plan tbo lay several of these down and drag them out in deep winter to warm my soul.
I am not a big fan of this style of beer, but this one is remarkable. Founders has done it right.
07-26-2014 20:13:29 | More by danmouer
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
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