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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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4,769 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:
#3,195
Reviews:
1,325
Ratings:
4,769
pDev:
10.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
218
Gots:
1,179
Trade:
52
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Ratings: 4,769 |  Reviews: 1,325
Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

On tap at the Brass Rail today during lunch. Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass it appears a clear amber color with some lighter orange colors around the edges and a thin lacing of yellowish tanned head. Spotty amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is of sweet malty grains with a touch of orange character. Taste has a welcoming warmth of alcohol that is also solvent in flavor upfront with a sweet malty caramel backing and light citrus hop bitterness that mingles with a flavor of bitter orange rind. The hop bitterness lingers in the mouth with a bit of a resine-like piney flavor. Medium to heavy body with a light amount of carbonation. Other flavors of grain linger in the mouth. As it warms, more residual sugars come out in the taste much like dark sugar akin to caramel that has somewhat of a smokey quality about it. Overall pretty decent but doesn't have the wowing factor that I have come to expect from most Founder's offerings.

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Photo of tdm168
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a thin, white layer of head that fades quickly

S - caramel, cake batter, sweet, bread, toffee, faint alcohol

T - caramel, bread, fruit, faint bitterness

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, perfectly carbonated

This is a nice, malty beer that is very enjoyable. The malts are very nicely balanced and the bitterness is more like a coffee-like bitterness rather than hop-like. My only disappointment is that the sweetness from the nose didn't follow in the taste. Honestly, that's only because I have a fondness for cake batter sweetness in beers. Ultimately, this is an enjoyable, drinkable beer with a nice flavor profile. It's well worth a try.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky muddled ambrosia sits in my chalice large off white beige head that dwindles slow and leaves behind sparse lacing. Aromatics are the impressive part of the equation early on with herbal mint and pine scented incense, interesting spice mix almost like eating at an aromatic Indian restaurant. Malt highlights are deep alcohol infused ripened figs and plum with a touch of smoked peat whiskey highlights, talk about a cigar beer. By the way this thing never saw the barrel it's all malt, hop, water and yeast. Flavor provides excessive bitterness and massive malt, I love the mix. Alcohol esters with ripe big fruit profile includes hints of toffee with caramel infused tart apple, figs, and plum notes. Heavy pine lacquer bitterness, with vanilla oak and butterscotch notes. Heavy dry yeast tone with a soothing alcohol burn at 9.3%. Mouthfeel is full bodied yet doesn't hit the viscous level on my texture scale. Carbonation is natural smooth and cleansing between the brash bitterness and dry yeast profile. Ending notes on the palate are a blend of excessive malts and bitter earthy hop, great stuff. Drinkability, is excellent makes you overanalyze beer, for under three bucks this old ale may have pushed the style further than any other version I've had to date. Including the other famous Michigan version, this beats the pants off the Third Coast Old Ale, grab a Drew Estates Natural cigar and a four pack of this for an Old World experience.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted from draft at Emil's on February 28, 2016.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chippo33
2.75/5  rDev -31.6%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice hazy amber color with just a film of lacing that quickly died and left a bubbliness of sorts along the sides of the glass. The smell has a really nice oaky bourbon aroma letting in some light vanilla to entangle itself throughout. There was some light cherries at the end. The taste was sweet and had a touch of hot from the strength of the beer. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with not much of a sessionability about it. I sipped it for the most part. The carbonation was super smooth almost as if it wasn’t there at all, but I could tell it was slightly there. Overall, I could be wrong but the last time I had something from Founder’s, I thought they would stamp the bottle with a born on date in green. There was no date to be found. Honestly, I’m not too worried but think I may have gotten an older bottle due to the slight lack of strength of the booze and the subdued carbonation.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of imbibehour
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottled April 8th 2011 off we go.

A very small but creamy light tan creme colored head of maybe one finger off the pour. Body is cloudy... maybe hazy... a classic dark amber color almost looking like the beer is frozen. No lacing at all.

Big malted body, and sweet brown sugar. Seems thick almost like molasses syrup.

Sugar sweet, and thick malt. Finish is an almost barleywine sense of chocolate and heat. Some mild hop bitters mix with the milk chocolate sense making this really interesting in terms of taste and feel.

Overall fairly solid, just out of the bottle the beer looks kind of lifeless.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a light reddish color, clear, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells like brown sugar, caramel malt, and some dark fruits.

The taste is similar. Not quite as strong of a flavor as I'd expect with an oak-aged old ale brewed with molasses, but it's still decently nice. Tastes like caramel, toffee, and burnt brown sugar. Some dark fruits as well.

Medium bodied, slightly thinner than I'd like. Low carbonation, almost none whatsoever.

A decent ale, but not one I'd clamor to try again.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a quite foggy rubyhued amber with a thick creme head. Nose is minimal with caramel and dark fruits and a malty overall tone. Slight bit of booze. Flavor carries a kick of liquid aspects (boozy burn) with an earthy tone. Dark fruits. Sweet tone. Feel is thicker on liquid and low on carbonation. For an old ale, this seems a bit...young. It's nice, but I think 2-3 more yearsmight do it justice.

Thanks to spointon for this one!

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Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, rich, copper-ruby coloring with a good amount of bubbling in the beer that doesn't really move around much. Looks heavy. No head, but there is a ring of film around the edge of the surface. Aromas are rich and smooth, and extremely malty and layered. Some rich dark fruit and earthy highlights on the nose, also. Flavors are super smooth and rich, with a boozey, roasted, and old world fruit sweet in the backbone. Dates, raisins, and fig throughout the beer layer nicely with the heavier malt profiles of molasses. Earthy characteristics rough the beer up a bit and keep it interesting for your tastebuds. A slight peppery hopping at the end cleans the palate and prepares you to jump back in to the brew. The aftertaste is rich and slightly cloying, but pleasantly so. This one keeps stringing you along for more. The finish is rich and smooth, with a surprising cleanness at the end. Very tasty, and not overpowering despite the strong flavor profiles and increased ABV.

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 4,769 ratings
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