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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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4.02/5
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4,775 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:
#3,222
Reviews:
1,326
Ratings:
4,775
pDev:
10.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
218
Gots:
1,179
Trade:
52
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Ratings: 4,775 |  Reviews: 1,326
Photo of dirtyharry2489
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of kkmiller76
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Marraybay
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Amber; minimal head

smell: Fruit, vanilla, bourbon-oak

Taste: Some sweetness with fruit and vanilla notes; A bourbon-esque note present. A bit of
bitterness.

Feel: Reasonably full; perhaps a tad syrupy

Overall: Close...I enjoyed elements of this pour, but a little too much of the oak and bourbon presence
for my liking. Not likely to seek out additional tasting.

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Photo of dextermcgurk
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another very good brew by Founders. This beer is perfect for consuming in the fall or on a rainy spring or summer day. Has a caramel scotch molasses look with smells of scotch. There is bourbon undertones mixed with oaky vanilla and molasses that pairs well with a good cigar. Very smooth and well balanced, drinking 6 months past bottling and therefore I'd say it aged quite well.

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Photo of BeerTest
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zaybertooh
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tvenne
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petermethot
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brocktune
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of -DF-
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of videofrog
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of car2052
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to snifter.
A: Hazy garnet, maybe from being in the freezer beforehand. Tan 1/2 in. head.
S: Caramel, bit of a lager yeast smell, strong rum and bourbon notes, and grape.
T: Smoky, with heavy doses of caramel and a strong rum and whiskey note.
M: Heavy but not syrupy.
O: Very nice and not too unbalanced. Nice.

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Photo of Oleg85
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kuges
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Benish
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark red color with an off white head. The aromas were very mild and with zero hop presence. Picked up sweet floral notes of honey and molasses. The flavors are spot on. Honey, molasses, and some oak with a huge malty sweetness. Again no hop presence, however it has a very mild bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Overall this is a very easy beer to drink. Not to the extreme of a barelywine yet still so rich and flavorful. I love hops but it's great drinking these beers that break away from the trend of over-hopping. Just had one bottle and I'd definitely enjoy another.

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Photo of bobert84
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love the taste. Love the look. Great beer!

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into chilled glass mug. This is my first old ale and since it comes from Founders, which happens to be my favorite non Cali brewery (sorry but I gotta usually stick with my home state), I have high expectations. Colour is a beautiful dark amber which looks great holding up to a light. Head is foamy off white with some lacing. I took a whiff and got a nose full of malty caramel. Taste is molasses, caramel, vanilla, oak, and every thick malty taste you can think of. This is definitely a sipping beer and with a 9.8 abv you should be sipping it. Probably a great beer to enjoy with a rich BBQ'd meat. Prost!

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

P- Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Large Funky Buddha snifter.Bottled on 12/30/16 (almost 4 months old). First non Florida beer on my last night in Florida.

L- Creamy light khaki colored head that stands a half finger tall,with moderate retention and super sticky lacing.Slightly hazy ruby colored body,with moderate retention and distorted light showing through the glass.Low amount of carbonation,and moderate amount of sediment.

S- On the nose I get heavy amounts of sweet molasses,caramel malt,smoked oak,and slight alcohol notes.

T- The palate follows the nose with sweet molasses up front,caramel malt in the middle,and smoked oak on the back end with some undertones of alcohol,and some bitter hops.

F- The mouth feel is medium / heavy with a sticky texture.Low amount of oxidation on the tongue,with a surprisingly smooth finish.A little bit of alcohol warming after the sip.

O- This is a pretty damn good beer.To be perfectly honest I don't have much experience with this style,but I like it.I would definitely drink it again,and recommend giving it a try.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Keg dated 3.2.15 (2 years aged)
32 oz growler poured into a snifter.
Purchased at Trenton Road Take Out in Levittown, PA.

Appearance
Bright ruby red. Very short head that dissipates quickly. Light carbonation.

Nose
Cherry, molasses, toffee, caramel, tobacco, and vanilla.

Taste
Caramelized sugars, maraschino cherry, molasses, toffee, and vanilla. Tobacco and a slight earthiness. Suggestions of concord grape, raisin, and prune. Has a touch of oak and a warming alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, silky, smooth, and warming.

Overall
Old Ales don't get much better than this!

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Photo of rsquared59
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 4,775 ratings
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