Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,743
Reviews:
1,319
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
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219
Gots:
1,173
For Trade:
52
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3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dujayhawk for this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: A deep copper, moderate haziness. One-half finger's worth of white head forms, and only a bit of visible carbonation.

S: Caramel roasty malts, some oak-iness, some vanilla in the background.

T: Roasted malt and its accompanying sweetness, oak, molasses, a bit of caramel. Then a boozy, sweet/sticky hang.

M: Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation, and it is a bit boozy.

O: Pretty good old ale, but nothing spectacular. I wouldn't refuse another, but nor would I seek one out.

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

Bottled 04/09/11. Almost 1.5 years old.

A: Pours a murky amber with a good sized and fluffy tan head. Fades at a decent rate, leaving moderate lacing behind.

S: Dark fruits, like fig, raisin and perhaps some grape? Decent cocoa presence along with some caramel and maybe a hint of molasses. Touch of vanilla.

T: A nice mix of cocoa and dark fruit up front. Might even get a little cherry. Vanilla in the middle with caramel. Finishes surprisingly bitter with some astringent charred oak and some earthy and herbal hops. Long lingering bitter aftertaste.

M: Fairly heavy but smooth and creamy.

O: Tasty old ale. Good combination and balance of flavors. A little too bitter in the aftertaste. Not sure if it's hoppy or if it's ashy. Hard to say. Otherwise very enjoyable. A sweet and fruity and chocolatey old ale.

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3.21/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Well this is the first Founders offering I just didn't like. It pours a hazy copper with about a one finger head and no lacing. Smell is apples, other sweet scents and alcohol. Mouthfeel is very thick. Taste is sweet with lots of alcohol on the finish. I don't mind high gravity beers, but I just feel the alcohol could have been better hidden. I felt like I was drinking bourbon. Sorry, but I don't really recommend this one.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy amber with a quarter inch head and fine lacing. Quite a bit of sediment left floating around. Scents of rosated malts, bourbon, vanilla, and molasses are apparent. Taste follows nose to a T - fantastic malt profile, complimented by a creamy vanilla and then that firey bourbon at the back of your mouth, leaving behind a lingering taste of molasses and a hint of butterscotch. Mouthfeel is medium thick, and a little tacky on the tongue. Really a well done brew, another hit from Founders.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 4,743 ratings.
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