Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) | Founders Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
4,743
Reviews:
1,319
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
Wants:
219
Gots:
1,174
For Trade:
52
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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into Snifter. Bottled on December 30th 2016.

L: Clear coppery amber, fingers width beige head, decent retention. Small amounts of lacing.

S: Figs, toffee, caramely notes. Boozy. Butter rum. Some fruity notes as well, maybe melon?

T: Lots of fruit and figs here. Melons for sure, almost a DIPA feeling here. Nice malt notes, buttery, toffee, caramel. Good bitterness.

F: Medium bodied and good carbonation, a bit thick.

O: An interesting Old Ale, and a very good beer.

Update: Poured from 12oz short bottle into Snifter. Bottled on December 30th 2017.

L: Change this to hazy.

S: Nothing to add.

T: Nothing to add.

F: Nothing to add.

O: Still a good Old Ale and beer.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I finally got my hands on one of these!
Out of the bottle it pours a copper/amber color with a bubbly and thumbnail length off white head. Retains well as it leaves some lacing and nice looking cloud like patterns of film.
I think the nose is my favorite part of this brew. Buttery, tofee, caramel and honey sweetness. There is a lot of fruitiness going on too; I detect honeydew, cantaloupe or melon in particular. There is also some toasted malt tones that fade in and out. Towards the end there is a mild grassy and clean alcohol aroma.
Overall the mouthfeel is sweet and with other complex elements to balance things out. It would be interesting to see how this ages. It tastes like spicy dark and tropical fruit soaked in alcohol; in this sense it has some DIPA or barley wine qualities. The sweetness is derived also from honey and caramel like qualities from the malt. Medium to full bodied and chewy. A sipper, yet drinkable at the same time. There is a touch of spicy hops in the finish, as well as alcohol warming, that becomes increasingly dry and moderately bitter.
This was a fun and tasty high ABV brew that is drinkable, albeit you can only really have one at a time. I will try to get another one as soon as I can so that I can experiment with aging.

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Photo of RichieRich1812
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Feldpausch
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first time trying an "old ale". I love the idea of a malty, high ABV beer aged in oak barrels. Got it in a mix a six, I believe it was made in later 2016 (December).

Amber/scotch look to the beer, with a head that dissipates fairly quickly, occasionally becoming reinvigorated with a swirl and a nice sip.

Smell is a heavy malt, molasses, and smells a little of the barrels were imparted as well. Same could be said for the taste but the taste had extra vanilla bean or some sort of sweet release. Little bit of hops to round out what would've been an intense malt bomb (IBU coming in at 50).

This beer is really nice, and I love the way it was setup with barrels making it extra special and tasty in all the right ways. It is rare that one beer gets me a good buzz but this one sure did! I'm ready to try maybe one more then take it easy for a while.. Sunday night blues just got a whole lot better!

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cycle69
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikecd234
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of _Adam_
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Branlott42
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jsalz21
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dmecca
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Skabiski
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Drunk-Monkey-Candyholic
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timc32
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing a 2016 version. It pours a nice translucent brown with a small, light brown head leaving nice lacing. The smell is malt, molasses, and some vanilla. The taste is dark fruits first followed by some sweet molasses. There is a smooth, low carbonation mouthfeel. Overall this is a nice, easy to drink beer that I really enjoy.

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Photo of AJmon13
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TLA
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BKotch
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/1/14; drank 4/12/15 @ the Yarchives.

Murky orange/plum appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice khaki head; nice lace.

Plum, baking soda & brown sugar notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Dried plum flavor up front; a dry baking soda finish. Booze heat emerged as this warmed. Not very good.

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Photo of jcubz
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, deep bronzed-burgundy with two fingers of khaki head. Poured straight into the glass slowly. Head retention is good, with good lacing left behind. Head forms quickly and eagerly. Aroma is caramel, toffee, molasses, with toasted, nutty malts. Flavor profile is caramel, molasses, and toffee with toasted and nutty malts as well. Caramel and molasses are at the front, keeping it sugary, but well balanced with the nutty and toasted malts at the back. Mouth feel is medium-thick, with a slightly fizzy and grainy feel. Overall, a lively old ale with lovely notes throughout.

Served in a teku.

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Photo of JoshHatfield
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dazedman
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From cellared bottle dated 1/14/2015.

Extreamly smooth and mellow for a beer of this style. A little boring and watery, but the ABV warmness and barrel character do stand out.

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 4,743 ratings.
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