Curmudgeon | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Think classic seafaring ports, local pubs and weathered old fishermen. This old ale is brewed with molasses and an insane focus on the malt bill. Then Oak-Aged. The result is a rich, malty delight that's deceptively smooth and drinkable.

50 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-31-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,485
Reviews:
1,344
Ratings:
4,824
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
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Photo of acurtis
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scottyshades
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SAdamsdrinker
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rarigney
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby orange color . Just above a nedium body , just below average carbonation with an overall nice feel .
Aroma is dark fruit, malty, molasses, a little floral candy like smell.
Taste is definitely dark fruit and molasses first. Mild hoppy bitterness shows up in the middle and lingers in the aftertaste. There's a sweetness that is pleasant and not overpowering that works well with the mild hop bitterness.
Overall a great beer, can only have one at a time but its definitely worth trying

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NappyB
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours deep rusty burnt amber color with nice tan head, lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma - Big whiff of sweet molasses, big caramel malts, plum, fig, raisin, burnt sugar and oak.

Taste - Nose is much sweeter than the well balanced taste. combination of sweetness from molasses, brown sugar rich maltiness. Nice barrel coming through, great dark fruit plum and fig. Such well balanced flavors.

Feel - Medium bodied, creamy slightly warming feel other than that the alcohol is well hidden.

Overall - Just a well done old ale, great flavors well balanced and really easy drinking.

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Photo of soundaurora
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of s1h
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A month or so ago I had one of the last one of these, aged two or three years. That one held up very well. Further, I remember liking all of the ones I had previously (fresh or aged).

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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eleimbach
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dafla67
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated Jan 2017. Pours a slightly hazy copper/caramel colour with small off white head. Smells of dark fruits, molasses, caramel malt. Taste starts as thick caramel malt, dark fruits but then overpowered by the bitter yet somehow sweet hoppiness that coats the mouth and hangs along with some prominent booziness. Amazing unexpected creamy mouthfeel with bitter finish but surprisingly smooth - better as warmed. Bitterness was a bit of a surprise, but really good - especially that creaminess on the palate.

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Photo of Spaten454
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of robotic_being
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beersampler6
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very nice golden-amber color, nice head with some lingering lacing. Smells of malt, caramel and some mild hops. Tastes of some floral and citrus zest hops, caramel, biscuit with strong malt backbone. Nice smooth mouthfeel that was slightly creamy. Small amount of carbonation and alcohol taste comes through a fair amount. Great beer but a little heavy and would likely be hard to drink multiples.

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Photo of BenTN
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deg
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of polloenfuego
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Quick: Look is quite nice, amber gold with a nice finger worth of head. Retention is good, and lacing is quite nice. The smell is really damn nice, lovely malts, treacle, fruits and then a finish of hops. Flavor follows the nose, this is a malt lover's paradise. The sweetness is not cloying at all, but rather works with the beer making everything else jump out too. The feel is full heavyweight that coats the mouth nicely. Carbonation is low, and you can feel the booze. This is a damn nice old ale. I would have as much of this as I could find if possible, but that just isn't possible. I will always seek this one out.

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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jeffgosia6
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Flavors of rasin, stewed fruits, perfect carbonation, nice color, nice abv at 9.8 without any alcohol kickback in the finish. Yum. Now I just wish I could pronounce it to tell others about it.

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