Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) | Founders Brewing Company

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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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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of hops202
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage Bottle poured into a game of thrones snifter.

A - ruby with hints of gold and bronze.

S - certainly malt and yeast present. Some sort of fruit - possibly apricot and oak from the barrels are present.

T - vanilla and slight caramel in there. Flavors of oak as well mixed in with the sweetness. Bitterness at the end to balance everything out well.

M - medium carb with full body.

O - a decent showing here by the (OLD) curmudgeon. May he age with the best of them.

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Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at When Pigs Fly. In a snifter the beer was a dark red/brown color. There was a medium-sized white head that left a good amount of sticky lace.

Nice aroma. Sweet malt/caramel. Oak. Dark fruit. On the boozy side.

Caramel/butterscotch taste. Plums and raisins. Still a noticeable amount of booze.

Nice beer. Maybe a little more boozy than I would have wanted.

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4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of breakingbland
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured in to a pint glass.

A scant off-brown/tan head developed and dissipated quickly. The beer is a dramatic reddish gold with hints of ruby.

The aroma is not particularly strong -- malty sweet and no hops presence.

The main flavor component is malty, roasty sweetness. It has the characteristic oak-aged flavor: vanilla and bourbon -- but not too strong in either -- plus some tobacco. It's a high ABV beer, but the alcohol is well integrated with the other components. The hops take a back seat to the sweetness at first but then linger for a while at the end.

The body is full, bordering on being thick, and the carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, this is a very nice beer -- fun to drink as there's a lot going on in it (it's oak aged and contains molasses). It has a good balance between the sweetness and the hops. It's a good dessert beer, but would probably pair well with the right foods.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed in January,it's now August 2016.

2 years later, I have a totally different view of this beer.
Heavy oak and molasses in the aroma.

The molasses comes through in the taste, with sharp bitterness.

Finish is crisp, dry and bitter.

Great beer.

It was served in a Pretty Things oversized wine glass which was great for this style.
I started colder, and the fruit and molasses care broadened with warming.

Old Review May 2014

This beer is best served at 50F. As it warms up there is more complexity. The best taste/aroma is about 57F.

Poured a light tea color with about a 1F head in a Pretty Things balloon glass.
I like this glass for the style. It's similar to an over sized wine glass.

The aroma wasn't strong at first: light fruit. With warming, there is a pronounced oak aroma with fruit.

The mouth feel is especially good- not too carbonated transitioning well into the taste.

The taste: fruit and light coconut. The finish is lightly alcoholic, but it is rounded out and not overdone.

Overall, an excellent Old Ale. The mouth feel transitions well to the taste, which is nicely rounded out by the finish. I would have preferred a stronger aroma. However, with warming, the aroma has a pronounced oak.

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

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of delta490
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Brewing Company - Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale), poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a dark copper amber and ruby. Slightly hazy, no bubbles. Very minimal foamy head that dissipates almost instantly with little to no retention. Very little lacing.

Smell - Aroma is molasses and woody oak. Sweet malt.

Taste - Rich malt and molasses with a woody and sweet cherry finish. Sweet but the wood balances it out quite nicely.

Mouthfeel - Heavy-bodied with low almost cask-style carbonation. Only a touch of booziness for almost 10% is quite impressive. Sticky mouth coating.

Overall - This is a terrific homage to this style, a sweet molasses/cream/caramel/candy/cherry delight.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
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