Curmudgeon | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: 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

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#3,579
Reviews:
1,338
Ratings:
4,808
pDev:
10.42%
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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

Photo of shrimply_pibbles
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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Photo of bobstockwell
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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Photo of entenduintransit
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrc1093
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage

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

Photo of quadmad
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Notes from 2012 and 2017 are eerily similar, and they wouldn't be much different from more recent tastings.

L: This one has a brassy edge to an otherwise thick, dense red-orange. It grows a fluffy copper-tinged head with lots of density to it and plenty of stick.
S: Sweetness on the nose, brown sugar and dark fruits with heavy malts, a whiff of heat, and a bit of spicy hops. Lots of complexity.
T: The complexity carries to the flavor, and I find it delicious rather than muddled. Sweet, a bit hoppy, bready, and tinny all at once, it really moves across the palate. Alcoholic heat is certainly present but not overwhelming. Spice, floral notes, lots of fruit and caramel, some molasses, and a bit of dough.
F: Smoother than one might expect in a medium body, plenty of bite with a light sting and, when fresh, a hint that it could go sticky or cloying but I find it stopping just short of doing so.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OliverWilde
2.7/5  rDev -33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

2 year old bottle in tulip. Flavor kicks in half way through. Ring of foam and lacing all the way down. A lot of great flavors up front from the oak and malt which are there in the nose along with sweetness. The back end however is kind of watery and tasteless. I like that the nose is deceptively sweet while it's fairly dry tasting. I think perhaps a stronger hopping could enhance this beer's overall flavor.

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

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

Like Columbus sailing the ocean blue, this is epic. Rich, old flavors like your grandma playing plinko, I’m into this. All around solid like the one you took this AM.

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

Cellared for 13 months beyond the date of bottling.

Poured into a tulip glass. No head. Beautiful dark amber color with abundant sediment suspended throughout.

Figs, molasses, Kentucky bourbon, young Duoro wine, Christmas fruitcake. Sturdy malt on the back-end. A very special ensemble of flavors. Rich. Slow sipping required.

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

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cylinsier
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tap

Pours clear amber, yellowish white film for a head retains indefinitely.

Aroma is rich caramel, molasses, biscuit, and toffee.

Tastes of biscuit, toffee, caramel, molasses, a bit of smoke, oak, bourbon, and tobacco.

Medium to full body, light tingly carbonation on the tongue. Booze warmth going down.

Very nice, rich flavor with a mix of sweet and earthy elements. A slow sipper but well worth the time.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.86/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: One finger white head, brown-orange body.

Smell: Same as below.

Taste: Brown sugar, tootsie roll, mild oak. A slight hint of dark fruits and vanilla.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation, balanced. Barely any hint of alcohol.

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