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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)
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4.02/5
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4,775 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#3,222
Reviews:
1,326
Ratings:
4,775
pDev:
10.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
218
Gots:
1,178
Trade:
52
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Ratings: 4,775 |  Reviews: 1,326
Photo of Jcbroome
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 123321123321
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkblr
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 1/13/15 (cellered 3 years) poured into a snifter at fridge temp 9.8% ABV. The beer pours a murky muddy brown color with minimal off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves no lacing. The aroma is dark sugar, oak and some booze. The taste is warming caramel candy with some oak, vanilla and booze in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and surprisingly dry in the finish. Overall, very good. I wasn't a fan of this fresh as the molasses was overpowering. It has evolved over three years into a fantastic old ale. Too bad it's out of production.

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Photo of deg909
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my top two favorites of 2017, both of which are from Founders Brewing.

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Photo of Bajdog
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neliam24
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Helixoon
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chestnut brown like pour, is this related to Backwoods Bastard? I know there is Dirty Bastard, then barrel aged = backwoods, but this? I dunno. Looks similar to those. Lighter tan head 1/2" deep. Aroma of oak, molasses, brown, Maris otter malt feels.

Taste, oooh a nice rich sipper. Plenty of caramel, molasses like sweetness matched up with oak and a hefty malt bill that is still plenty shy of porter/stout territory. I'm getting light smoke as if this oak was from a bourbon barrel stave. Alcohol pretty well hidden. Not bitter, not hopped up. Its like a lower hopped English barleywine even. Totally recommend this to someone who likes their beers smooth and strong and is opposed to hoppy or sour stuff. This is a malt forward beer well suited for a cold night.

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Krajnyak
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely magic. This ones big, but very tasty. Very malty and rich, with complimenting bitterness. Lots going on and the oak-age brings this one to the top. One of my favorite bigs!

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Photo of brewnme
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Khaack
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmukid87
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Goofster
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of aclockworkchris
4.93/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of elglueckert
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mwvman
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buzzedup
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeinportc
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a '14 from a crowler, so ..... might skew things a bit.

Pours clear chestnut-brown, similar to thin, watery coffee, when I forget how many scoops I put in, & come up light. ; ) Quickly-dissipating off-white head.

Aroma is slightly nutty malt, lightly boozy, & dried fruit, a la brandy.

Flavor is wood,pecan, & dried stone fruits, and (fermented honey - like a mead) finishing with slight pleasant astringency & bitterness.

Light, moderately oily, with very fine carbonation. Overall quite smooth.

Overall, this aged version is an (dangerously ; ) )easy-drinking, wonderful sipper, that I can't get enough of.

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Photo of thampel09
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ruby amber, finger and a half head of fine, wee bubbles. Bubble streams are slow to medium. Elite lacing.

Mighty Malty scent. Toffee-Caramel tinged with Oak aged vanilla.

Taste follows the nose. Creamy, well hidden booze.

Delicious, quite strong and yet understated.

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Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 4,775 ratings
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