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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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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)

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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Ratings: 4,773 |  Reviews: 1,326
Photo of inlimbo77
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. This is from the 2012 batch. Poured this into a Russian River globe. Drinking before the Better Half.

A: This one pours out a cloudy, hazy, dark, golden color. Basically no head initially. Thin layer of off white bubbles that form around the edges. A swirl gives you a little bit more, but not a lot. I see some alcohol feet which is to be expected at this ABV.

S: On the nose, I get a lot of those sweet caramel like malts. Some dark fruits for sure. Raisin and fig and maybe some prune hints. There is also some vanilla. Also, some booze.

T: With the sip, I get a lot of those toasted notes. Its a delicious sweet malt bomb of a beer. Definitely getting some burnt caramel. Those dark fruits that I was smelling are there also. Figs for sure. Touch of vanilla, but not as much as with BA'd beers. Some rich almost molasses like sweetness. Nice long finish on this one.

M: It's a big medium leading to full for sure.

M: Medium leading to full.

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Photo of thereal_adam
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of bump8628
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Why, oh, why has it taken me so long to grab one of these? Heaven knows I've been eying it up long time, coveting it. (sigh) I gotta get a 4-pack of this ole shit.

Pale tawny hue, rich glow, with plenty specks of sediment. That's fine. 1/8" head - gone quick.

Damn wonderful aroma - toffee, caramel, and toasty crystal malt - rich, dense maltiness - with a sweet liqueur booziness pushing it all up into my noseholes, lathering my brain.

Sometimes old ales do, but this doesn't immediately recall a barleywine. Strong British pale all the way. Toffee, booze, sweet dessert wine (not vinous/red/port) highlight the flavors. Assertively malt forward, which is great. And this is the kind of barrel-conditioning I can get behind - the faint essence of oak lingers throughout. Bourbon, be gone!

I don't taste the molasses they mention having included, but it could have certainly contributed to the mouthfeel. Speaking of which, while sporting a micro drop of dry, musty oxidation, is nearly silky smooth, falling quite short of syrupy. Goddamn does it massage the palate while conjuring one of the most soothing warming feelings I've been treated to. The booze is softened expertly by the malt and semi-viscous body. They balanced the shit out of this ale. A winner!

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

Photo of Mdog
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear orange-amber, almost no head.

Smell: At first it reminded me of leather mixed with cough syrup. But later smells remind me of whiskey but with less alcohol, woodiness and vanilla are very prominent.

Taste: Earthy toffee flavors at first. Later sips remind me of whiskey, lots of wood flavor and a nice caramel sweetness.

Drinkabilty: Definitely grew on me as I went through the glass.

Another single bottle special from Wisconsin. A complex beer that I could have sworn was barrel-aged, but I can't find anything on Founder's site that says that it is. Quite tasty.

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Photo of Act25
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Old Ale if you like them sweet and thick.

A: One finger off white head on a slightly hazed mahogany body.

S: Big toasted malts, toffee, sweet/fruit breads, molasses and dark fruit, fig.

T: Sweeter than expected, toffee, caramel and brown sugars, malt dominant. Nice. Spicy ending.

M: Creamy, smooth heavier body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Big Old Ale. Nice work.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of VonZipper
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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 tedho21
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%

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

Poured into a DFH snifter.

A - Pours an oily and viscous nice dark amber color with some nice orange hues. Very unexpected color spectrum for an Old Ale. Very nice. Minimal .25 inch head that vanishes quickly leaving a thing ring.

S - Delicious bready and grainy malt sweetness that is surprisingly enveloped in som grassy hops. There is also a very nice and boozy sweetness along with some fruits such as pineapple and some nice grape as well.

T - Very much an old ale! Very nice sweet malt with some caramel, honey and nice vanilla bean flavors. Some other midl spices can also be felt but they are controlled by the sweetness. Nice boozy flavors and warmth. Very delicious Old Ale.

M & D - Very oily and viscous nice full body. Dangerous drinkability for a beer with such high ABV.

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Photo of vrbulldog22
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of hockeypuck
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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

Photo of Bammer21
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crossovert
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Bottled 2/10/10.

Pours into my snifter a beautiful clear reddish orange with a creamy ivory head that lasts for a good amount of time before slowly receding and leaving some nice lacing.

The smell is luscoius. There is tons of caramel and butterscotch. It is also earthy with a touch of hops. There is also a stark dark fruit scent. It is a very luxurious looking and smelling beer.

The taste isn't as good as the other two but it is very good. It is alot more bitter than expected with a nice hop bite. The malt is here too and it is almost cloyingly sweet. There is an abundance of caramel on the palate.

The mouthfeel is thick but has a nice, smooth carbonation, it is slightly cloying but not overly form the sugar and alcohol.

The alcohol in this one isn't perfectly hidden but it works well and makes this one feel like a strong barleywine going down.

Overall it is one beautiful looking and beautifully scented brew, the taste is good but not spectacular.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Curmudgeon pours dark copper with fine sediment in suspension. In the Dogfish Head snifter, the beer is dark amber with a late-erupting head. The cascade glistens cedar gold as it builds a fine, off-white, creamy head that lasts five minutes and leaves a coating of lace.

The aroma includes caramelized sugar, dried fig, prunes, and some whiskey.

Initial sweetness gives way to light bitterness. Dark fruits lead the way with raisins and dried figs. The finish is light and lingering. Warmth brings out light rum flavors and a progression of character.

A smooth body that is full, yet creamy, with light carbonation and, after four years in the bottle, a modest sense of warming alcohol.

Age has served this Curmudgeon well as the booziness from a young bottle is now well checked. This works well for sipping while reading.

This label is an example of how Founders artwork elevates beer. More importantly, scowl aside, the label reminds me of George :-)

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Photo of wtkphoto
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kevindp9
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of target88
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/6/2012 - Consumed 6/19 - 13oz Grand Cru tulip

Got this in a recent trade and had my mind set on sellaring it. But, having never tried this beer before, my curiosity got the best of me.

A - Dark orange, rusted copper. Hazy and small reminents of floaties. decent one inch head that fastly receeds to no head at all. Not bad, swirl brings it right back up.

S - Nothing overpowering. Caramel, rum raisin, Molasses and some booziness as expected.

T - Same as nose but very well balanced. Everything plays in equal harmony, no one flavor overpowers another. I'm thinking another year+ in the bottle will really make a difference in this category.

M - Well damn. A bit creamy. Not heavy or as syrupy as I expected for the ABV and style. No problem killing a 12oz specimen.

O - Solid Old Ale. Nothing that's going to knock your sox off but a very good representation of the style. Well done.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 4,773 ratings
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