Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) | Founders Brewing Company

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4,789 Ratings
Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,115
Reviews:
1,330
Ratings:
4,789
pDev:
10.42%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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

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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
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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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Photo of beaulabauve
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IBUBrew
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of burk1982
3.24/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BenHoppy
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of craftaholic
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hmm... Bottled a year ago. Everyone says this gets better with age. Never had one fresh but this is okay.

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Photo of bcwitko1986
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Bruno74200
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Curmudgeon brings some nice toffee and hoppy notes. Some molasse is present too. The oak aging brings some woody and vanilla notes as well. An enjoyable brew. They won't brew it in 2018 so I'm glad I had the chance to try this one in 2017

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Photo of Jcbroome
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of 123321123321
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkblr
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 1/13/15 (cellered 3 years) poured into a snifter at fridge temp 9.8% ABV. The beer pours a murky muddy brown color with minimal off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves no lacing. The aroma is dark sugar, oak and some booze. The taste is warming caramel candy with some oak, vanilla and booze in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and surprisingly dry in the finish. Overall, very good. I wasn't a fan of this fresh as the molasses was overpowering. It has evolved over three years into a fantastic old ale. Too bad it's out of production.

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Photo of deg909
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my top two favorites of 2017, both of which are from Founders Brewing.

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Photo of Bajdog
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neliam24
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Helixoon
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

A chestnut brown like pour, is this related to Backwoods Bastard? I know there is Dirty Bastard, then barrel aged = backwoods, but this? I dunno. Looks similar to those. Lighter tan head 1/2" deep. Aroma of oak, molasses, brown, Maris otter malt feels.

Taste, oooh a nice rich sipper. Plenty of caramel, molasses like sweetness matched up with oak and a hefty malt bill that is still plenty shy of porter/stout territory. I'm getting light smoke as if this oak was from a bourbon barrel stave. Alcohol pretty well hidden. Not bitter, not hopped up. Its like a lower hopped English barleywine even. Totally recommend this to someone who likes their beers smooth and strong and is opposed to hoppy or sour stuff. This is a malt forward beer well suited for a cold night.

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Krajnyak
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely magic. This ones big, but very tasty. Very malty and rich, with complimenting bitterness. Lots going on and the oak-age brings this one to the top. One of my favorite bigs!

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 4,789 ratings
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