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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
outstanding

3,348 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,348
Reviews: 1,084
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 125
Gots: 599 | FT: 44
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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ironchefmiyagi13

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6%

07-05-2013 16:37:03 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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BKBassist

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-07-2014 21:30:03 | More by BKBassist
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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +6%

02-08-2014 06:24:02 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a flute.

Appearance: A cloudy amber with a 1/4" tan head. Steady bubbles settles quick within a minute or so.

Smell: Weak property of this beer I do mean weak. You smell it then it's gone. I do smell molasses but quickly disappear from the your nose.

Taste: Well in all honesty you have a steady serving of molasses maybe a hint of honey and slight vanilla. Nothing but greatness.

Mouth: Medium carbonation not too bubbly not flat at all. Goes down smoothly but the alcohol is sticky. I am not complaining at all just giving you the warning I was drinking this beer and didn't bother look at the abv level till now 9.8, NICE!

Overall: Smelling this beer might mess up your initial judgement but this beer makes up for it in every other category. It is your "Wee Heavy" type of beer...little sweet but great blend and balance of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 05:09:49 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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Jredner

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is pineapple (heavily) accented liquor that I assume is bourbon, but could pass for rum in a crowded bar. The aroma is quite unusual though and curiously it is more easily discerned sniffing from the bottle than from my snifter. In the bottle the aroma is heavily bourbon with some pineapple understones. In the glass the two mesh equally and a bit of floral hops lays beneath. The body is opaque and brown/amber in color. It had a head the size of a quarter, but only very briefly. The fore is a blast of smooth sweet malts and bourbon...lots of bourbon. Oak, vanilla (combining to coconut) and the faintest traces of sweet tropical fruits follow. I want to know where these bourbon barrels came from. Tastes a lot like a a bourbon with melted ice, but the thick palate and smooth malt undertones keep it from getting too far down the road away from the realm of beer. It’s a heady drink and I swear I get a lingering pineapple/ malibu rum flavor in the far aftertase. A sipper for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 00:04:33 | More by Jredner
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ramrod666

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

04-29-2014 17:46:24 | More by ramrod666
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

03-17-2013 22:00:21 | More by BrownAleMale
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FreshZ

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

04-09-2013 16:30:25 | More by FreshZ
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JoeMans

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

01-31-2014 03:44:48 | More by JoeMans
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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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jk3

New York

4/5  rDev -0.2%

02-05-2012 20:49:37 | More by jk3
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

08-13-2012 20:33:47 | More by danthehopslamman
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drbenderdo

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.2%

08-03-2013 03:01:14 | More by drbenderdo
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours beautiful with an inch and a half of light tan head with foamy bubbles and nice retention. Body is a ruby brown mix that beckons to be drank. Nose has a nice combination of toasted almonds, rum, and dark fruits equaling a very robust feel. Enters the mouth with a resin like nutty oak character. Dark ripe fruits appear on the back of the tongue. Slight spicyness sparkles on the tailend of the palate. A rich spicey thick mouthfeel is the result. Sweetness is all over this beer and it is very bold with a smokey feel. Alchol is well hidden but the belly tells you it is there. Drinkability is decent.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 23:53:00 | More by SPLITGRIN
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megamass

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.2%

06-16-2013 05:40:53 | More by megamass
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neenerzig

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes as I enjoyed this on-tap at La cave Du Vin several weeks ago now. Served to me in a tulip glass. This beer is a dark amber/copper color with a tan head that was about 1/2 inch thick when served. It eventually sets to a medium sized white ring lining the inside of the glass. Good lacing. Has a malty caramel aroma with strong hints of some dark fruit and oak. Has a caramel malt flavor along with the oaked flavor and some dark fruit which is a bit tart and maybe a hint of spice and a bit of alcohol. Has a very crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink.

Eric

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2008 16:37:52 | More by neenerzig
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Tom-Peters

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

05-28-2013 15:58:07 | More by Tom-Peters
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blindpiggie

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-10-2014 22:51:50 | More by blindpiggie
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bnes09

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my first old ale so I'm really not sure what to think going in. It pours a translucent orangish brown color with a creamy white head. Good head retention and some dots of lace.

Emits lots in intriguing aromas. Alcohol spice with a distinctive scotch quality. Sweet and caramely with just a touch of hops in the nose.

Flavors are even more complex. The most prominent is the hugely dynamic sweetness. I can honestly describe it as honey, caramel, brown sugar, maple and a touch of molasses each appearing at different times during the same sip. Hints of toffee and almond come to mind as well. There is a strange underlying flavor here that is very hard to pick out, it almost tastes like buttery, eggy, sugary cookie-dough, different but not necessarily bad. Mild piney and floral hops fight to be noticed. Solid alcohol spice dominates the finish and warms the throat.

Sticky on the tongue with a full-bodied, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Fairly low carbonation, which seems to fit well.

One of the most interesting beers I have tried to date. It was bottled in 02/2010 giving it about 8 months to age. I would like to try it again both fresh and after aging at least 12 months. Enormous amount of malt flavor and aroma while hops do a nice job of keeping it interesting without dominating the senses. This one is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 05:17:07 | More by bnes09
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ralerwen

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.2%

03-06-2014 14:49:47 | More by ralerwen
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JizackFH

New York

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a deep ruby amber color. It has a little more than a finger of off-white head on it. The head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind.

S - It smells sweet with caramel malts and vanilla. There is quite a big alcohol presence. I am also getting some dark fruit, cherries, oak, some nuttiness, and some toffee.

T - The taste follows the nose pretty well. There is a big caramel malt and vanilla presence at first. There are also flavors of oak, dark fruits, nuts, and booze. The booze is less present than it is in the nose. The finish leaves some lingering sweetness and booziness.

M - This has a medium body and moderate carbonation. It goes down smooth and has a somewhat sticky sweet feel to it. It coats the mouth quite nicely. There is quite a bit of alcohol warmth in the finish.

O - The drinkability here is pretty good. It goes down smooth and the flavor is very nice. This is definitely a sipper. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It is a bit on the boozy side, but I would definitely buy it again. I recommend trying it out if you haven't.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 06:32:45 | More by JizackFH
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%

05-28-2013 14:27:28 | More by BeerCon5
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Hophead717

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

04-23-2012 03:28:03 | More by Hophead717
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justinm4bama

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

05-31-2012 23:59:23 | More by justinm4bama
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deereless

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The color of a coppery peach juice, lots of floating particles, minimal head - 4.00, S: Lots of heavy and ripe fruits, smell of prune juice, aromatically sweet from a solid malt base but with some noticeable earthy to herbal hops - 4.25, T: Hearty malt base coupled with a decent hop bite, though you sense the alcohol it is very nicely veiled, tastes like a rum soaked fruitcake that is heavy on the raisins - 4.25, M: Quite creamy and medium bodied - 4.50, D: I shouldn't be surprised given the other Founder's beers I've sampled - but this is a nicely crafted beer and one I would drink again - 4.00

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 02:17:35 | More by deereless
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,348 ratings.