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

On tap at The Oak Cafe. Pours a dense copper color with a small-ish, off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing at first but fades away about halfway through the glass. The smell is rather basic and just a tad plain, full of malts, caramels, and roasted toffee. The taste delivers a bit more than the smell would lead on - up front with a nice, malty base, a warm, toasty flavor, heavy oak on the tongue with a slight bourbon taste and burn on the back of the tongue and the sides of the mouth. About halfway through the sip, some intense sweetness arrives, in the form of tart apple, grapes, and ripe raisins. All the while, some subtle cinnamon spices are dangling around in the background. The sip ends with a light splash of floral hops and a lasting bitterness that balances out the sweetness as the flavor slowly fades away. Thick and overall pretty smooth body, medium amount of carbonation.

This beer was pretty good. Not much on the nose, but really quite a complex flavor profile ranging from warm to sweet to spicy to bitter. Not something I'd drink more than one of, but definitely worthy of trying.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled served in a weizen glass

A - Deep copper amber with a 2 finger khaki head with good retention and good lacing.

S - Funk, caramel malt, molasses, biscuit, sour apple

T - Nice sweet start with molasses, caramel malt notes, into a slighty funky, sour bitter apex with a bit of fruit, oak woodiness, and a mellow finish.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth.

O - Overall I thought this beer was unique, pretty odd, but I would like to try this again and delve into some of those funky notes.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: As a fan of funky sours, I enjoyed the appearance: a nice opaque orange with a very thin white head.

Smell: The complexity of the aroma ran from sweet malt and caramel to spicy hops and an old ale funk.

Taste and Mouthfeel: What was incredible to me about this beer is that it had three, rather than two, tastes. Up front, I experienced the toffee and caramel that the other reviewers did. The middle was medium fruitiness, malt, and carbonation. The end was a nice finish of alcohol and hops.

Overall: I was expecting something maybe closer to a toned down barley wine based on the Wyeast descriptions of

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look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this beer on a cold, rainy, October day in Michigan.

A: The suspended sediment makes this look unappealing. The color is a copper, brown, orange, nice color. There was almost no head.

S: Dark fruit, molasses, bourbon, oak, apricot, burnt sugars. The smell is quite complex, but it smells good none the less.

T: Caramel, molasses, toffee (these 3 blend together), slight vanilla, oak, macadamian nut, bourbon. It's delicious

M: Heavy and thick (viscous), coats the mouth, warming from the alcohol, crisp carbonation which is hidden by the body of the beer.

O: I like it and I will buy it again. This one is a sipper, and it tastes better as the beer warms (maybe that's just the 9.8% alcohol affecting my judgement). I would suggest pairing this with a rum cake, or maybe a raisin or maple pudding would work also.

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Curmudgeon from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 4,793 ratings