Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) | Founders Brewing Company

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: 4,754 |  Reviews: 1,323
Photo of delta490
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a ruby brown with a slight creamy white head. No retention, almost not lacing. The aroma has a nice oak pungency with hints of molasses. The taste is awesome, with the ale flavors (caramel, dark fruit) in the forefront with just a hint of the oak providing a nice counter. There is a nice weight to the beer (my preference would have been a little thicker) and a pleasant silky feel to it. A great barrel-aged ale.

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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 kodt
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 1/13/15 served at cellar temps in a tulip glass.

Appearance: light red or copper with a nice one finger head that sank to a rim of foam. Love the bottle art of the old salty sailor.

Nose: malty and sugary sweetness, fruity hop aroma, scotch ale sweetness and malt character, found and full nose

Taste: rich and robust, fruity, slight hot alcohols rom the fusels, great mouthfeel and kinda referencing when freshly poured, coats the mouth when warmer and the carbonation has gone. Lingering fruity and slightly bitter finish.

Overall: hmmmm... I didn't get the molasses. I do see how the thick mouthfeel would suggest a thick and rich syrup. Missing key ingredient aside, I really liked this is a great old ale/barleywine. It is kinda annoying that American Brewers can't use the name barleywine. They have to say "barleywine-style ale". They say this can be aged for a bit for added complexity. The malty backbone and alcohol content suggest this is a good cellaring candidate. I'll hold on to the remaining 3 for a while and see how things change.

Cellar Review:
Same bottling date as stated above served at cellar temps in a tulip glass. 1 year 7 months old now.

This beer is strait up copper colored. Pretty clear but there is a lot of fine particulate sediment in the glass and a clingy and sticky pale white head. Lots of lacing. Super malty still but thats to be expected. I do get some of the oak this time and maybe a hint of the molasses. That scotch ale character is still there but that isn't a bad thing. There is a very, very slight fusel note left but it is not distracting at all. Low carbonation in the beer and when I poured from the bottle. Solid medium body but thin in the finish. Still a great beer. Sadly it is my last bottle. Farewell Old Founders friend.

Rating remains the same.

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Photo of ajzy
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of BeersAndBears
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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

Photo of CCutch
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Stillyman11
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of adamette
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago for $3.55 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" date.

A 3 inch creamy light brown head over a liquid caramel translucent body. Good look overall and it has that thick, syrupy look of all of the other Old Ales that I have tasted and rated. Edit: bump from 3.5 due to the nice lacing on the inside of the glass. 4.0

S Bready malt sweetness. It is like bread with maple sryup on top with an alcohol scent in the background. Not bad but pretty well in line with other Old Ales that I have experienced. 3.5

T The bread and sweet malt along with a warmth of alcohol show up in the taste just as they did in the taste. This is the classic taste of an Old Ale. 3.5

M Warm, full feeling beer with plenty of syrupy stickiness and depth and breadth. Again here, a fine aspect of the beer but one that I have come across often in the style. 3.5

D Not very drinkable to me with the huge feel (appropriate to the style but huge none the less) and the rather high ABV. 2.0

Notes: Pretty average version of an Old Ale.

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Photo of Rick778
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dogfishandi
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. No bottling date.

Pours a nice deep chestnut red color, with a bit of haze. A thick, tight off white head sticks around for a few minutes before fading to a ring. Some spotty drippy lace left on the glass.

Really not a whole lot of aroma at first. Ripe dark fruits, brown sugar, some booze as it warms, almost bourbon like, and slight hints of flint stone vitamin orange?

A really nice taste when compared to what the aroma suggested. A bit of ripe dark fruit, but a real nice molasses/ brown sugar that combines with a dark bread flavor, think pumpernickel or rye bread, this is the flavor that really does it for me.

Thick, full bodied mouthfeel, sticky, really coats the mouth.

Quite a malt bomb. I wasn't expecting to really enjoy this beer as much as I did. Leaps and bounds better than old stock ale. Should age nicely.

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Photo of Abbbp
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tim007007
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Zachtheporter
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of jroberts8811
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Tilley4
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of Hugonaut13
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of JVan
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Hopheadhiker
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85.5% out of 100 with 4,754 ratings
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