Curmudgeon | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vigorous pour of this 12-ounce bottle into a New Belgium chalice produced a small tan head over a cloudy hazy dark amber-walnut body. Head quickly disappeared into a thin ring.

Smell is boozy sweet caramel malt and sweet vinous fruitiness of raisins and prunes. I like it.

Taste is a firm sweet caramel malt foundation with a heavy citrus hops bitterness. Great balance, and lots of fruit. Reminds me a dark-chocolate covered orange-rind. Mmmm. I like the depth and complexity of this.

Great sticky mouthfeel that keeps the malt flavor going as the hops bitterness lasts.

This is really good, but it's a sipper at 9.3%.

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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hybrid glass from a 12 oz bottle

A - a very nice opaque brown with a hint of sludge without the body, half finger off white (almost tan head) and some legs and lacing

S - huge funk/must/sour note, sweet bready yeast, lots of ripe dark fruits, maybe some over ripe banana, vanilla, oak, bourbon, green leafy earth, dried spices, tons of sweet and roasted malts, some floral hops and very sugary.

T - lots of wood up front, nice whiskey like booze, deep roasted malts, lots of sugar, pine, very bitter, sweet (maybe Belgian) like yeast, creamy, some banana, spice and more wood/sugar

M - medium plus body, great balance, nice complexity, medium minus acidity, medium carbonation and a bittersweet ale from beginning to end

D/O - just a well done ale. Mixes old ale with strong ale, some additions of sarsaparilla and cream ale. With all of that said, this ale is still crisp, refreshing and pairs well with salads to corn dogs, grilled chicken bread to pizza and awesome with BBQ that is sauced. The sediment is awesome at the end as well, so the last drink is huge to say the least. The only issue I have is the hops are very little on the nose and taste.

Final thoughts - this guy is sold in a 4-pack for $8 at my favorite place in the area. The near 10% ABV isn't to huge and having more than one is almost necessary. Great fresh and aged -- a must have on tap.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed orangeish brown with a thin head that becomes a wisp. Some vanishing lace sticks. The smell is of honey, caramel, nuts - reminiscent of honey-covered walnuts dipped in caramel. There is a fruitiness towards dates/prunes. The taste is sweet - honey and caramel - not catching the 50 IBU's. Sweetness balanced by an ashy smokiness that leaves a burnt aftertaste. The burnt character shows in some sips more than in others, oddly enough. Not digging that part, which puts a dent in the flavour. Alcohol present, but not too sharp or overwhelming. Full-bodied and a bit sticky. Mild carbonation does cut through the thickness.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - pored red body with white head into a tulip glass
S - caramel, oak, wood, smokey
T - earthy, oak, sweet finish
F - light coat, smooth with low carbonation
O - first of this style beer I've had. Really enjoyed it. Earthy oak with sweet finish

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