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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2/5  rDev -49.9%

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

Poured into a snifter from the bottle, the ale poured a golden copper color with a 1/2 inch head. As the head receded, it left a lacing along the sides of the glass. The aroma was malty with a spiciness that tickles the insides of the nose. On can even detect a faint hint of vanilla from the oak. In the initial taste, one gets the burn of spicy cinnamon, caramel, dark fruits, mild vanilla, and of course the malts. The malts bring to mind a well constructed dark bread. In the aftertaste, the spicy alcohol meshes with the dark malts to make this ale come full circle. The thickness allows the malt and alcohol to linger. With time, this old ale will mature and reward its owned. The rest of this 4 pack is going to the cellar to sleep

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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2.67/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Copper body with yellow-white lace. Enticing smells of oak, vanilla, toffee, and chocolate pudding. Taste is a let down. Reminds me of cheap bourbon: woody, stale, and soapy. Possibly the 'chewiest' beer I've ever had with a metallic twitch at the end.

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

12 oz Bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Bright deep orange with a nice 1" head that recedes to a cap, a whole lot of sticky lacing.

Smell: Malty sweetness mostly maybe some light fruit (apricot).

Taste: Unique and highly enjoyable, might be the best Old Ale I've ever tried. There is a sweetness just like the smell with the light fruit. Also, there are malty caramel and toffee flavors; however the alchol actually works well to cut the sweetness and balance the beer. This old ale never becomes too sweet, you just get a nice variety of flavors with some heat for the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Extremely clean and smooth, not at all cloying.

Overall: Repeat what I stated above, unique and highly enjoyable, might be the best Old Ale I've ever tried. Another excellent offering from Founders.

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3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a cloudy murky orangish red

S - I honestly can't tell if this beer is bad or not. At times, especially at the start, it smells bad, that it has turned.. Other times not. It smells malty, sugary, with faint alcohol.

T - buttery, malt, molasses, honey. spices, maybe nutmeg.

M - smooth, slippery.

O - I believe I had this beer once on tap in MN and was fascinated by it. The bourbon notes, the strange sweetness, the 10% heaviness.. I dont recall the odd off putting smell, though. Maybe chalk it up to too much light on the shelf life?

Above review- 12-18-2011

Below is the re-review- just got around to checking it out again. Bottled on 4/13/12.

A - more clear, but noticeable particulates. Little to no head, similar to first review, although I failed to mention it.

S - same as above, without the oft putting smell. Leads me to believe the last time I around I had a bad batch (a Total Wine more than random occurrence, unfortunately).

T - Same notes as above, though the butter and nutmeg seem more upfront. More bourbon notes come thorugh as well . Also no strange sourness.

M - same as above

O - I kept thinking I had to come back to this one, but for one reason or another (the bad original four pack most likely) I did not. Without the semi turned smell, it makes for a much better experience. This 4 pack was from Frougles. Recommended.

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 4,732 ratings.
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