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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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4,773 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:
#3,212
Reviews:
1,326
Ratings:
4,773
pDev:
10.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
218
Gots:
1,180
Trade:
52
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Ratings: 4,773 |  Reviews: 1,326
Photo of salthemonster
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Warren2621
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of csfcmitchell
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Photekut
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Blaze5445
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoelClark
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of robwestcott
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of rajendra82
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The rust colored body was clear, quite still, and was topped by a small layer of bubbles. The smell was bready and honey sweet, with a late spicy flourish. The taste was very sweet as expected, with the flavors evoking hard candy, pears, and maple syrup. Very rich on the tongue due to the high sugar content. Alcohol was not as evident as I was anticipating. Not much hop presence. The sweetness pretty much overpowered all other senses and drove down the drinkability a bit.

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Photo of Nuggetz
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of brewcrew76
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 2012

A - Hazy amber with little head.

S - Boozy with wet oak and a hint of molasses.

T - Sweet malt with wet oak and alcohol.

M - Light carbonation, thick and almost syrupy.

D - This one needs some time. The wet oak is currently a little overpowering.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of BigTrubble
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of cadaugherty
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle, which I am guessing is a 2012 bottling, so 1 year old

A - Deep amber, with some clarity. Murky looking. Takes on the color of the molasses. Small amount of lace left on the glass, looks delicious

S - Brown sugar, malts, almost bourbon aroma, from the barrel aging.

T - Fairly sweet old ale, oak, brown sugar, very good!

M - Full bodied, well carbonated.

O - This one is a slow sipper, and its damn good. Well done Founders. Would like to age this one for a few years

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Photo of 1Sundown2C
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an aged 2007 Curmudgeon I picked up at Flat Rock Saloon. Waited for a cold night to enjoy this one!
A: Dark amber color and hazy with mellow tan head that persists for awhile. Some sediment with this aged beer. Persistent tiny bubbles.
S: Aroma of dried black cherries soaked in bourbon, and sweet roasted malt with a touch of burnt honey. Some deeper dried fruit aromas combine with a hint of vanilla to smell delicious.
T: Burnt caramel and toffee malt sweetness with deep rich black cherry and dried currant esters. Some astringent chocolate malt bitterness is there midway. The follow up is a smooth vanilla bourbon barrel flavor which may or may not be intended. The vanilla is more apparent the further down this one goes. Alcohol becomes noticeable with this one. Not noticeable but for a hint of bitterness are the hops.
M: Medium bodied and smooth with small, sharp carbonation and a decent alcohol warmth on the palate.
D: Bang for your buck with this delicious beer! It has a smooth yet complex profile with plenty of alcohol to warm you on a cold winters night. Was glad to try this one more than a year aged.

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Photo of tourdot
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of snowmageddon
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of TBonez477
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IntriqKen
4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque mahogany amber with a faint head that disappears quickly. Pours almost like syrup.
Aroma will change with ever degree that it warms. Ripe bananas...vanilla...rum....bourbon...sweet and complex.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a nice ...no, wonderful warmth as you swallow.
Taste...ahhh...everything you smell along with some dark sweet fruits...plums...again vanilla, rum, boubon. Again, sweet and complex. As it warms even more ripe banana and rum and boubon flavors. Amazing. The oak or bourbon barrel aging done on this beer definitely works and works perfectly. All of the vanilla sweetness and richness you would expect from that is here and then some.
Aftertaste is chewy dark fruits and alcohol warmth.
Many thanks to CRJMellor for this trade.
EDIT:
Just had a second bottle of this on Nov 10th, 2006.
Everything that I found in the first except noticed a smokiness to the aromas this time I didn't note the first time.
This is an extremely complex Old Ale...sweeter than most and I love it.

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Photo of 98green
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first run with an Old Ale. The complexity is as billed from prior reviews. You won't be pounding this one. Not sure I'd seek it out, but if I'm up for a slow sip this is a good choice

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of WillCarrera
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled on 4/26/2012, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a nice amber brown, produces no head at all, zero, just a few bubbles.

S- Sweet aroma of caramel, fruit, and nuts, as it warms it becomes quite boozy.

T- Similar to the nose, very sweet and malty, lots of caramel, some honey, fruit and malty nuttiness, some bitter hops towards the finish. Has a strong alcohol flavor and accompanying burn towards the end.

M- Medium to full bodied, low carbonation, has a slick feel with alcohol burn.

O- A pretty decent beer, might need some more age on it, not my favorite from Founders by a long shot.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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