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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Ratings: 4,736 |  Reviews: 1,318
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I get a light toasted, slightly burnt aroma coming off of this one. Not much else going on in the nose.

Pours a beautiful hazy amber with highlights of orange and yellow. Head is off-white, thin, and leaves little to no lacing.

A very nutty-like flavor is coming off of this one, like roasted almonds. It has a nice lingering sweetness on the finish that is somewhat mouthwatering. Slightly boozy, but the alcohol is hidden fairly well. Quite good!

Full body and light carbonation, this beer feels sticky when drinking it, syrupy almost. Overall it has it's shortcomings mostly in the aroma, but the taste well makes up for it.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Dark copper brown with some ruby highlights. Small off-white head.

S - Wood, roasted malts, vanilla bean, slight bourbon notes.

T - Dark fruit, vanilla, molasses, oak, and caramel. Nice balance and complexity. Sweet up front followed by a slightly bitter finish. Some alcohol evident.

M - Medium-full body. Smooth and silky. Low carbonation.

O - An enjoyable complex brew from Founders. Lots of flavors here, and they all work together well. This is a beer to sip and relax with.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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

Poured into Hunahpu snifter. Bottled 4/26/12 (2 months)

A- Pours a fairly dark but translucent brown. Pretty much no head to speak of, just leaves a white bubbly ring around the top. Fairly low carbonation, definitely some sedimentation (very small white specks) floating around.

S- Maple syrup, sweet malts, a tiny bit of brown sugar. About average aroma strength.

T- Maple syrup, malts, caramel, lightly sweet, finishes with a very lightly sweet dry maple aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, low carbonation, very smooth, alcohol very well hidden.

O- This is a nice old ale. Definitely not as good or flavorful as the Better Half, but good for much more attainable brew. This beer is very easy to drink however I definitely think it could use more flavor like the Better Half. Definitely a good Founders offering, but not their best. At $16 for a 4-pack I don't see myself buying much more of this due to the expense, but I recommend at least trying it.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Medium amber color with a 2-finger bubbly cream-colored head. Really good retention and excellent lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles - more carbonation than I was expecting.

S - Lots going on here. Toasted and caramel malts, molasses, dark fruits like cherries and plums, raisins, and some chocolate, vanilla, and woody aromas. Maybe a touch of alcohol noticeable.

T - Sweet with flavors of caramel malts, dark fruits, molasses and vanilla. Finishes with a woody and alcoholic dryness.

F - Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a creamy and mouth-coating feel, and a very dry, almost astringent finish. Woody dryness lingers and complements the drying and throat-warming sensation brought on by the alcohol.

O - This beer was delicious and an awesome example of an old ale. It tastes and smells great with a variety of malt and dark fruity ester aromas and flavors. The molasses and oak-aging really add a lot of flavors, aromas, and character to this beer in my opinion. Another great offering from Founders.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/4/11
Deep amber colored, clear but with some suspended particles. There was a very attractive, one finger creamy white head that dissipated way to quickly. There was little carbonation.
A very sweet malty beer that tasted like honey, caramel, and I could also taste the alcohol.
It smelled like it tasted, sweet, notes of honey and alcohol.
This beer was silky smooth, mouth coating and added some alcohol heat on the finish. A very nice combination that added to the overall complexity.
I enjoyed this beer. I'm not as familiar with the style but enjoyed Curmudgeon enough to explore the style more thoroughly. I have one more 2011 left that I'll be holding on to till next year.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/6/2012 - Consumed 6/19 - 13oz Grand Cru tulip

Got this in a recent trade and had my mind set on sellaring it. But, having never tried this beer before, my curiosity got the best of me.

A - Dark orange, rusted copper. Hazy and small reminents of floaties. decent one inch head that fastly receeds to no head at all. Not bad, swirl brings it right back up.

S - Nothing overpowering. Caramel, rum raisin, Molasses and some booziness as expected.

T - Same as nose but very well balanced. Everything plays in equal harmony, no one flavor overpowers another. I'm thinking another year+ in the bottle will really make a difference in this category.

M - Well damn. A bit creamy. Not heavy or as syrupy as I expected for the ABV and style. No problem killing a 12oz specimen.

O - Solid Old Ale. Nothing that's going to knock your sox off but a very good representation of the style. Well done.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of HarrySTruman
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper/rust colored with a very small head and no lacing.

Smells sweet and malty.

The taste is strong of molasses and alcohol. Very strong malt flavors, but not so overbearing that it's hard to drink. It's very sweet and easy to drink for such a high ABV.

Seems like medium to low carbonation. Finishes sweet and smooth.

A really good Old Ale. High ABV, easy to drink, complex smell and flavor. Hard to say anything but this is a very high quality beer.

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 4,736 ratings.
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