Curmudgeon | Founders Brewing Company

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a snifter glass

A- Pours a deep chestnut reddish brown with a 1/4 inch white head

S- Big toffee, caramel, brown sugar, followed by the a nice woodieness from the oak, sweetness of stale grain on the end.

T- Sweet brownsugar up front, followed by a mellow heat from the booze, cherry wood, hints of vanilla, sweet candied fruits, tobacco, caramel a lot more sugar all throughout, bready toffee flavors coming off the malts

M- Full bodied, low carbonation, smooth drink a sipper for sure, very woody and earthy, finishes nice and dry

O- Overall curmudgeon a enjoyable beer, as the beer warms up alot more complexities can be found throughout, and i am going to assume (and find out) that it will open up alot more with some age, its aggressively on the sweet side, so ill let a few of these sit in the cellar and mellow out.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served at fridge temp.

turbid ochre brown with a one finger khaki head.

cinnamon & sugar overlays toasted malt, like B&M Boston Brown Bread.

mouthfeel: smooth and soft.

taste: malty sweet with honey, dates and cinnamon, atouch of vanilla and some tartness like mango chutney.

notes: damn, this is like Backwoods Dirty Bastard only better, a tasty sipper bursting with flavor and aroma, awesome.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/19/12

A. Hazy amber appearance with crimson highlights. Off white head of one finger breaks quickly.

S. Caramel, pitted fruit (mainly overly ripe cherries), organic volatiles I can't describe and a slight mustiness. Pretty complex.

T. Caramel, prunes, bready malt and cherries. Turns bitter quickly with lingering caramel and alcohol burn.

M. Medium bodied with a nice mouth feel. Low carbonation.

O. Not one of Founders better efforts.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled 04/13/12.

Appearance: Good-sized head, retention not bad with a fat finger remaining. Little flakes look frozen in the copperish body, like congealed honey.

Smell: Molasses, pungent dark fruits, little musty, bit of sherry notes.

Taste: Caramel, musty raisins, herb-like sharpness, earth and aftertaste of alcohol soaked dried fruits. Good but doesn't grab me.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but then body asserts itself a bit. Despite that, i find it lacks a little oomph.

Overall: A good ale but not my fave from Founders.

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Curmudgeon from Founders Brewing Company
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