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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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4.02/5
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4,775 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:
#3,210
Reviews:
1,326
Ratings:
4,775
pDev:
10.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
218
Gots:
1,180
Trade:
52
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Ratings: 4,775 |  Reviews: 1,326
Photo of Dharmelink
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Maestro0708
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Bottled 12/30/16.

Pours a deep amber color with a one-finger white head that leaves gorgeous lacing around the glass.

Aroma is sweet molasses, oak, vanilla, and alcohol.

Taste follows the nose with molasses, oak, and vanilla. The smooth, sweet start is balanced by the slightly noticable alcohol and a surprising hop bitterness.

Mouth feel is full bodied and smooth with low carbonation.

Overall, this is a really nice old ale. Perfect for sipping.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a single-serve.

Pours a dark amber with not much head, but excellent sticky lacing throughout.

The aromas are very unique and diverse. The best part of the brew. "Dark" notes like molasses and dark fruits, mixed with floral notes and vanilla. Hints of bourbon.

The taste is elusive and more like a barleywine than an OA. Sweet at the very front (similar to the nose--molasses, burnt sugar, vanilla, bourbon), but with a good punch of hoppy bitterness, and oaky and boozy elements at the finish. Enough going on to be "complex" but it comes across as a rather muddled assemblage of flavors, not a symphony. It is almost like there are three or four different concepts going on and they aren't blended into one cohesive theme.

The mouthfeel is fairly unremarkable and perhaps the most disappointing part of the brew. Rather flat, and lacking in a describable finish.

There are some good intentions here, but this is a miss for me.

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Photo of LouZ
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jjchristiano
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank it at room temperature.
Perfect. Like a Bourbon nightcap.
Only need one.

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Photo of nwhittin
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveCash
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dee4maine
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of PrimustheOne
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Molasses, hop bitterness and boozy alcohol. Not much to this brew. Pretty one dimensional. Disappointing.

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

Photo of EMH73
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep Amber color with a one inch head that left little lacing. Smells of bourbon, oak and molasses. Taste gets significantly better and richer as it warms with dominant flavors of molasses and oak with additional notes of vanilla, bourbon, cherries and caramel. Lightly carbonated, medium to thick mouth feel, smooth, a real sipping beer.

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Photo of 7irondave
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of sjrider
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vicarious
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber color with little lacing. Small off white head that disappeared quickly. Strong molasses smell and taste, leaving lips sticky after finishing. Good beer, would buy again.

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Photo of BlkHawkFan01
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ilovewaffles
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: This looks like a solid DIPA, coppery, with an off white head. Decent lacing.
S: Sweet. Candy, molasses, caramel and ash.
T: Follows the aroma with some vanilla.
F: Thick, smooth with mild carbonation.
O: I had this for the first time a couple of years ago and I thought it was a pretty decent beer. I had it today on tap at a "Founders Event" at a nearby watering hole. I guess tastes can change. This is one terrific beer. I need to find a case. Soon!

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Photo of Meow49
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This reminded me of North Coast Old Stock, but, perhaps a tad hoppier and drier. Dried brown fruit skins, lemon and orange peel, ginger, vanilla, and bourbon, In a weird way, it sort puts me in mind of an Old Fashioned, which is my absolute favorite cocktail.

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Photo of Impfan
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very complex flavors featuring plums, cherries, mangoes, mandarin orange zest, vanilla, and bourbon.

The body is medium creamy, and the finish is of lengthy duration, and surprisingly dry.

This is definitely not what I was expecting, but I found it to be quite appealing, in a Gale's Prize Old Ale kind of way.

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Photo of dtm426
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nrod
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of darktronica
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At this point, it's fair to call Curmudgeon a classic old ale. Rich amber in color with good acidity and strong malt backbone. When fresh, the molasses imparts a touch of sweetness to counter the sharpness of the base beer without producing a sugar bomb; some of the intensity is also due to the ageing, which imparts nice flavors of sassafras root and birch bark. Strong in flavor while remaining balanced and complex, all at a favorable price point.

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 4,775 ratings
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