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

Review taken from notes during inet downtime(late spring 2012)

12 oz short brown bottles with a pretty classy label. Artwork of an old man who could be no other than Old man curmudgeon himself. He's definitely a hard looking lad. Anyway, I poured this into a nonic pint glass. I thought about the founders snifter, but for some reason I couldn't picture a weathered fisherman drinking from a snifter.

A -dull rusty Copper orange shade of copper full of a lighter orange hue. The brew is almost brown sitting on the table but seems to nearly glow when held in the light where you'll find a good bit of funk floating about. Decent off white colored head that does disolve to small ring of lace. Hazy and clouded look to the body.

S - Pretty sweet aroma. You get the sweet whiff of Vanilla oak aged character. Maybe a slight hint of bourbon. Caramel and sugar malt with some roasted nut notes. This aroma is dominated by oak and sweet malts.

T - just as sweet as the nose. Vanilla Up front that really brings to mind the oak aged character. Woodsy Bourbon hints really start to take effect along with a Roasted nut flavor. A touch of fruitiness down within a massive field of Malt sweetness. This flavor is incredibly sweet with a slight booziness in the back, but nothing potent.

M - Full bodied and thick in the mouth. Does a nice job of coating the taste buds. Very smooth and pretty easy to drink even at 9.8%. Has a warming feeling in the back of the mouth to the throat.

O - this is big on malt goodness. Personally I love malts just as much as hops. You definitely have to enjoy sweetness and a load of malts and some Oaked character to enjoy this one. Frankly I appreciate this lovely old ale from Founders. It's a fantastic brew that requires the drinker to need a change of pace. I respect the brewer for reminding me its not only about the hops and Founders are the World's best at reminding us what good beer is.

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3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found just one tucked in the back at Colonial Spirits. Acton, MA

Nice reddish-orange body. Minimal head.

Nose is rich toffee, molasses and a hint of bubblegum,.

Flavor is rich and sweet. Smooth and strong. Restrained hops are there, but this is about "Big Malt"!

Warms a bit. Low to moderate carbonation.

Overall, drinkability is pretty good. This is really a winter sipper, but I wanted something to make my post-work Friday afternoon more enjoyable. Mission accomplished!

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1.42/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer pours a very cloudy copper with no head or lace. The aroma is of grapefruit, caramel, and bread crust. The flavor leads with a bitter grapefruit smack, like an IPA, followed through with a cloying, sticky sweet caramel with a medicinal warmth in the finish. The mouthfeel is sticky and sickeningly sweet. Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) is a disappointing beer, not recommended.

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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the few bottled Founders I've never had, although I did have Curmudgeon's Better Half before. Bottled 4-6-12, just about 4 months old.

Pours into a snifter a light amber with some orange hues, flecks float about. White head forms a mostly full swirly cap leaving behind some spots of lace.

Big scent of buttery malts, caramel, brown sugar, some chocolate and bready notes. Reminds me of baking cookies or something, quite enticing and good strength as well.

Taste is similar, but a little less intense. Caramel+buttery malts rule with some cocoa, dark fruit, molasses, bread. Not really getting oak but there is slight vanilla notes. Not much hops to speak of. Has an authentic English old ale feel, it's somewhat on the simple side but very well done, sweetness kept in check.

Medium carbonation, pretty smooth, full feel that is a bit on the foamy side. Slight alcohol bite but not bad for almost 10%.

Very solid old dale from Founders, comes off as traditional and classic but with their own spin on it. Reminds me a bit of Fuller's Vintage Ale. Easy drinking for the style and ABV, Founders killin it as always.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark auburn that looks pretty damn good. Not much head, but lacing is good.

The aroma is underwhelming.... Not much gong on here but sweet malt. vanilla, alcohol, and carmel.

Not what I was hoping for. Really comes off like a Belgian?? I got a little oakiness, but it's not overwhelming. I get a little vanilla with a some dark fruits and that's about it. OK

Mouthfell is solid and fairly thick. Carbonation is low and that's OK for this style.

Not a homerun, but a decent beer I won't seek out again. There are too many other beers out there for the price.

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
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