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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)
4,768 Ratings
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: 4,768 |  Reviews: 1,325
Photo of dee4maine
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of PrimustheOne
3.11/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Molasses, hop bitterness and boozy alcohol. Not much to this brew. Pretty one dimensional. Disappointing.

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Photo of Commandophile
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMH73
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep Amber color with a one inch head that left little lacing. Smells of bourbon, oak and molasses. Taste gets significantly better and richer as it warms with dominant flavors of molasses and oak with additional notes of vanilla, bourbon, cherries and caramel. Lightly carbonated, medium to thick mouth feel, smooth, a real sipping beer.

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Photo of 7irondave
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of sjrider
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vicarious
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber color with little lacing. Small off white head that disappeared quickly. Strong molasses smell and taste, leaving lips sticky after finishing. Good beer, would buy again.

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Photo of BlkHawkFan01
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ilovewaffles
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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

L: This looks like a solid DIPA, coppery, with an off white head. Decent lacing.
S: Sweet. Candy, molasses, caramel and ash.
T: Follows the aroma with some vanilla.
F: Thick, smooth with mild carbonation.
O: I had this for the first time a couple of years ago and I thought it was a pretty decent beer. I had it today on tap at a "Founders Event" at a nearby watering hole. I guess tastes can change. This is one terrific beer. I need to find a case. Soon!

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Photo of Meow49
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This reminded me of North Coast Old Stock, but, perhaps a tad hoppier and drier. Dried brown fruit skins, lemon and orange peel, ginger, vanilla, and bourbon, In a weird way, it sort puts me in mind of an Old Fashioned, which is my absolute favorite cocktail.

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Photo of Impfan
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
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 dtm426
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nrod
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

At this point, it's fair to call Curmudgeon a classic old ale. Rich amber in color with good acidity and strong malt backbone. When fresh, the molasses imparts a touch of sweetness to counter the sharpness of the base beer without producing a sugar bomb; some of the intensity is also due to the ageing, which imparts nice flavors of sassafras root and birch bark. Strong in flavor while remaining balanced and complex, all at a favorable price point.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Never had an old ale until now and I did not expect it to taste like that. Molasses, molasses, molasses, caramel. While I did enjoy it thoroughly I would probably not purchase it again. I am curious to see what other old ales are like though.

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12/30/2016 12 ounce bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip. Nice Amber color with decent sized head. Smelled the molasses and the oak. Had nice complex flavors on each sip and as it warmed up it just seemed richer. Plan on aging the remaining three. A nice addition to my old ale faves to be enjoyed in late winter.

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Photo of challenja
4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Refrigerated 12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass
L: A Cloudy, thick burnt orange with some left over floating particulates left from the bottle.
S: - Deep long wiffs of caramelized molasses, powerful sugar alcohols,maple syrup, hints of oak soaked in vanilla beans.
T: - Follows the nose perfectly. Delicious, and mesmerizing. A true one of a kind for any serious beer lover out there.
M: Viscous full and round, with the perfect amount of carbonation that is felt when you swish it around your mouth.
O: This is one of my favorite rare finds that I hunt out every year. This is one serious beer that should be enjoyed one beer at a time. More than one and you are asking for a head pounding nightmare the next day.

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Photo of BJB13
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 01/11/16 printed on label. Cellared and enjoyed on St. Patrick's Day '17
12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Two fingers of tan foamy head that was fine around the edges but held large bubbles in the middle sat upon a thick, deep caramel pour that didn't let much light through. I could smell the oak before I even raised the snifter, followed by molasses, sweet malts and just a touch of booziness. The flavor matched the nose, sweet, molasses, caramel and kind of a toasted marshmallow flavor. The bitterness is low. I'm no expert but I would say that it has definitely lowered from 50 IBU. The high ABV is well masked, there was only a small amount of boozy flavor/ feel. Less than I expected as it finished smooth with a slight tang. The body was full and the carbonation low, otherwise smooth and a little frothy.

Good stuff! A sweet and flavorful sipper that was very rich and filling. I have three more that I will be having for dessert over the next couple of weeks!

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Photo of Babalu614
4.91/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle to snifter. A reddish copper/amber color with the aromas of bourbon, carmel, and molasses. Great tastes of carmel, bourbon, oak and maybe some vanilla. Thick and smooth feel with little carbonation, the alcohol taste was well hidden. Overall I loved this beer, tasted as good as it smelled!

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Photo of SebastianMandeville
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wrigfen
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 4,768 ratings
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