Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) | Founders Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
4,732
Reviews:
1,317
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
Wants:
218
Gots:
1,171
For Trade:
52
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Ratings: 4,732 |  Reviews: 1,317
Photo of Dzu
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap.
L: dark copper with a massive white foam head.
S: whine notes, caramel.
T: rich, complex, caramel, chocolate, plums.
F: tight body and high carbonation.
O:impressive ale

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a blonde color forming into a raspberry ruby with a nice milky, frothy head of 1/2 finger.

Aromas of oak barrel, molasses, raspberry, ginger, and stone fruit.

Flavor is very stiff, quite woody, ashy even; with a high alcohol presence and slight bubble gum. Vanilla is present but only like someone sunk a vanilla-roma tree in the fermenter. Not much on the molasses or licorice side of things.

Feel is slick and slightly resiny, with a tight carbonation and an oily finish.

Overall, everything about the Curmudgeon is good except for the flavor, and that's the most important part. I'll have to regretfully pass always.

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Photo of anthony-s
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwilcox767
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - golden, hazy, minimal head
S - Vanilla, slight bourbon, oakiness
T - bourbon-forward, but muted. Molasses, vanilla.
M - full bodied, syrupy, but not cloying
O - Great job on this one. Not overly complex, but well balanced. I will definitely continue to buy this.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RMW66
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dirtyharry2489
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yuno
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kkmiller76
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Prost76
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Marraybay
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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 -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
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 -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zaybertooh
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bkwhoppa66
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tvenne
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petermethot
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brocktune
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of videofrog
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of car2052
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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 -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 4,732 ratings.
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