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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: 3,288
Reviews: 1,083
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 123
Gots: 583 | FT: 42
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 Lionhearted1987


4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

07-07-2014 22:42:20 | More by Lionhearted1987
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

355ml Bottle from Beers of Europe website:
Deep caramel amber with a thin, 0.5cm foamy head that's slightly off-white with okay retention given the abv. of the beer. It sits as a fine lacing just about covering the surface & there's some sediment at the bottom of the glass.

Strong with lots of sweetness & sugar plus some treacle. Strong caramel malts & oak just about mask the alcohol completely, only a touch comes through. Toffee, dark fruits & earthy hops all make an appearance & the beer is quite complex. Rich smelling & rounded out with some background fruits & hints of vanilla.

Sweet & malty with caramel & toffee coming through alongside sugar & some alcohol that seems a touch stronger than the nose hinted it at. Dark fruits & pleasant oak & vanilla come through with some plum & raisins at the end.

Smooth with a medium to thick body that hints at being creamy. Soft carbonation & hints of alcohol from the start. Very sweet, rich, complex & definitely strong but there is enough going on to help it down easier than expected.

A beer that I really enjoyed and one that I'm glad I let sit for a while before opening up. Despite the strength of the beer it was one that went down pretty well with a great balance between flavours & I could see this being one that I would pick up again in future, assuming of course I can find it easily enough.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2014 08:38:50 | More by flyingpig
Photo of Nick_isthatstillcool


4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-07-2014 02:48:33 | More by Nick_isthatstillcool
Photo of Roguer


3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pre-aged 2+ years; thanks store!

Or perhaps not...

Very murky, dark caramel appearance. Some floaties, virtually no head...although a little fizz did appear eventually.

Strong caramel, oak, and vanilla aroma. I don't think this is oak-aged, but the aroma is similar, regardless.

Sweet, strong, and boozy. Huge hints of caramel and toffee, and more mellow lines of oak and vanilla. Definitely boozy.

If this beer has suffered, mouthfeel - along with appearance - is where it shows. It's mostly flat, with little liveliness or sting. Pretty boozy, too.

Despite the age and flatness, this is a pretty damn tasty beer! I can imagine what it's like when it's on and dialed in. I may not be particularly impressed this time around, but I'm impressed enough that I will certainly try it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2014 23:32:57 | More by Roguer
Photo of KAF


3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-06-2014 21:36:54 | More by KAF
Photo of SteveDoeschot


3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-06-2014 20:56:11 | More by SteveDoeschot
Photo of Jedimindtrik

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-06-2014 20:55:10 | More by Jedimindtrik
Photo of DemoniChris


4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-06-2014 19:26:04 | More by DemoniChris
Photo of Goldfishman


4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-06-2014 14:30:23 | More by Goldfishman
Photo of Vogie


4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving some lacing around the edges of the glass. Smell is sweet and complex. I am getting notes of brown sugar, toffee, dark fruits, a slight hint of molasses, and oak rich malts. Taste is very smooth with an explosion of malt, figs, dark fruit, and a warm alcohol finish. Hops are non-existent but there is some lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is very balanced and heavy.

Overall this is another outstanding beer from Founders. Very complex and rich with new flavors coming through in each sip. I couldn't see myself having more than one and that's ok. At 9.8% this baby has all you need. Full of flavor and satisfaction. I see this beer better suited for a seasoned craft beer drinker. The complexity of this brew might be a bit much for a newbie.


Serving type: bottle

07-06-2014 03:31:31 | More by Vogie
Photo of jawas

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-06-2014 01:44:59 | More by jawas
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-06-2014 01:39:51 | More by sonnydeezy
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

07-06-2014 00:36:10 | More by Mr_Meursault
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-05-2014 22:05:47 | More by Mikeypnh
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

07-05-2014 20:58:27 | More by jl2414
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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

07-05-2014 19:37:31 | More by Klealynn
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-05-2014 03:47:18 | More by Loudog1411
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4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: looks outstanding. Has a red hue with a bright off white head that sits on top for a whole and leaves a bit of lacing on the way down. The red color is so inviting!

Smell: malty and a bit sweet. Syrupy smell of molasses going on here.

Taste: barrel flavor is awesome and not too boozy. Hop bitterness in the short aftertaste but malty up front. A bit sweet like sugar balanced by okay flavors

Mouthfeel: low level of carbonation with a medium body. Never too overwhelming. 9.8 abv Goes down easy here.

Overall this beer rocks just another solid offering by Founders. I can see myself seeking this out again. I was really impressed by the colors of this brew - awesome

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2014 02:25:34 | More by Modernrickk
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

07-05-2014 00:53:41 | More by VTBrewHound
Photo of Franziskaner


3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice mahogany brown color with a moderate haze. A very faint trace of foam is only present around the rim of the glass. A faint bit of Brussels malt is present. Strong aroma of light malt is present to the point of a gentle sweetness. The taste is an assault of light malt with a strong sweet component. There's a thick,sticky mouthfeel. If you like plenty of malt,this is up your alley.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2014 19:57:37 | More by Franziskaner
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

07-04-2014 02:19:24 | More by Ken_P
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

07-03-2014 22:28:19 | More by GRVrush2112
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4/5  rDev -0.2%

07-03-2014 09:27:02 | More by nleaders
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-03-2014 01:32:58 | More by daron7
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

07-03-2014 00:32:00 | More by GClarkage
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
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