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:
4,717
Reviews:
1,310
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
Wants:
218
Gots:
1,169
For Trade:
52
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Photo of ProChorus
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of SeymourDunn
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.8/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Gemini6
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.8/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of jcnd9803
4.79/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice medium brown color with minimal head, but laced the glass well.

Aroma: Sweet, with hints of molasses and some caramel. As it warms, you can get some of the alcohol.

Taste: I thought a well balanced hop and malt profile. A smooth taste upfront with some sweet follow-up.

Mouthfeel: Some may say it's syrupy, but I say it's creamy.

Drinkability: This review is on an 09 bottle. I'll say that when it's early, it can perhaps be too heavy on the alcohol. But with just a year, this thing gets really smooth and is one of my favorites by Founders.

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Photo of mcowgill
4.79/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy reddish color with no real head to speak of. Thin lacing around the edges is all.

S - I love how this beer smells. Great vanilla, oak, whiskey aroma.

T - It tastes just as damn good. A malty delight. The whiskey and vanilla comes through strong with hints of coconut.

M - Excellent mouthfeel, nice carbonation

D - Wow, I have been waiting to try this beer for awhile, not knowing what to expect. This is truly great. It's very drinkable to me.

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Photo of Hardsell
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great, great beer. Received it on draft in a snifter. The presentation was excellent, with a perfect head ratio by the time it reached the table. The taste gave a very heady, feverish impression. It is supposed to have a high malt presence, and with further analysis I can definitely taste this, but on first impression, the strong malts combine with the high alcohol level, the hops, and the added flavors to create a candied almond-like impression. To some, it might evoke memories cherry tussin, but it's so much more nuanced and interesting than that. It's definitely not fruity, but I might call it floral. The smell is also very evocative of almond, and much less evocative of cherry. This beer definitely strikes me as one that intentionally emphasizes its alcohol content, and as hard as its feverishness is to handle initially, as soon as the palate contextualizes it, it is a near-perfect experience.

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Photo of Impfan
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very complex flavors featuring plums, cherries, mangoes, mandarin orange zest, vanilla, and bourbon.

The body is medium creamy, and the finish is of lengthy duration, and surprisingly dry.

This is definitely not what I was expecting, but I found it to be quite appealing, in a Gale's Prize Old Ale kind of way.

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Photo of beertunes
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear reddish copper. Relatively low carbonation meant there was less than a thin cap of head yet somehow left a bit of pretty lacing.

The aroma is very malt based, sweet with a honeyish background and just a bit of hops present. There was some alcohol hotness at first, but it faded quickly. The flavors were very similar, thick sticky malt, some honey (and maybe maple) flavors, a touch of hops and a nice alcohol taste that fades quickly and leaves a warm glow.

The body is pleasantly full, just short of heavy, and tongue coating. Drinkability is excellent, as long as you're not in a hurry.

Overall, a great brew that compares favorably to the only beer I've given all 5's to, North Coast Old Stock, and is certainly worth your time.

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Photo of jeffdillon
4.76/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I bought a glass on tap at the Barrel Chest last weekend and loved it! I understand it may be here in the bottle soon, can't wait!

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Photo of nightfly9
4.76/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.76/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of remy4x6
4.75/5  rDev +19%

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 4,717 ratings.
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