Curmudgeon | Founders Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
4,807 Ratings

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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 4,807 |  Reviews: 1,338
Photo of HopAttack3
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of hopley
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TerryB
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of PaulsBrew
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of FleetwoodMatt
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ScottStache
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

Photo of PhatAtUT
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of keithmurray
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance - dark ruby/mahogany color with some tan head

Smell - maple, oak, bourbon, molasses

Taste - molasses, bourbon, oak, booze is apparent

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitter upfront, astringent in the finish, spicy, woodsy finish on this

Overall - This beer falls somewhere in the middle for the style, not quite up to the standard, which to me is HOTD ADAM. Fans of the style will likely enjoy this.

Price Point - $4.75- 12 oz bottle

 516 characters

Photo of huddyball
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of mcewesr
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 4/6/2012. Pours fairly cloudy red-orange color with a small dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, oak, biscuit, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with great complexity and balance of malt notes with light-moderate oak character that does not overwhelm. Taste of raisin, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, biscuit, nuttiness, oak, light chocolate, light clove, floral, and toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, toffee, biscuit, molasses, oak, nuttiness, light chocolate, and light earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of malt notes with moderate oak presence; with a fair amount of hop balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible old ale! Awesome complexity and balance of malt flavor with moderate oak presence; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

 1,312 characters

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of dbell23
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of wyatt13
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Half Acre snifter.

A - Pours a syrupy reddish-brown, with a half-finger head of off-white foam. The bubbles quickly fizzle down to a thin ring around the outside of the glass.

S - A good hit of oak character right at the front of the nose, with a nice sweetness of brown sugar and caramel to supplement. The molasses comes through a bit, although I'm not sure that I would be able to identify it as such if it didn't say so on the bottle.

T - Huge oak presence right away, but then the honeyed sweetness steps up and really brings the whole brew into a nice balance. There is a bit of lingering heat that has a nice warming aspect for several seconds after the sip.

M - Medium-full mouthfeel, with more carbonation than was evident in the appearance.

O - A very nice brew, that certainly lives up to the description of an "old ale brewed with molasses and oak aged." The old ale characteristics, molasses flavors and oak presence are all there in a nice harmonized way. I'd be interested to see how this develops with age.

 1,077 characters

Photo of SaxmanRick
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

Photo of ant880
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BeerPunk1312
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of DavidBart
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of tedho21
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of fearfactory
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of supa0525
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Bluecane
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of TheLevi4000
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Curmudgeon from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 4,807 ratings