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:
4,712
Reviews:
1,308
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
Wants:
215
Gots:
1,166
For Trade:
53
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Ratings: 4,712 |  Reviews: 1,308
Photo of Everydayoff
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Mildly hazed amber copper hue, it tops with one finger of foamy off-white head that stands just for a while before sinking to some long-lasting bubble film on the surface along with some sticky lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

Maltiness affair in the aroma with many varieties ranging from roasted, peat, biscuit, bread, toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, and caramel. There is also a note of molasses and hint of grassiness from hop as well as subtle scent of alcohol.

Still malty goodness overloaded in the taste as well as its aroma, anyway, it is in good way and very inviting. Kick off with solid sweetness from malt and molasses but in proper amount, not that cloying. At the same time, other flavors of malt draw in with notes of roasted, peat, biscuit, bread, toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, and caramel (like in the aroma). Just some subtle bitterness and it is mainly from burnt malt not hop.

The body is slightly beyond medium but not that bold with smooth mouthfeel from its lively carbonation generated a soft effervescence covering the palate. The mouthfeel is just right since carbonation did it job well to carry all the things, dry finish.

Superbly balance even this brew has pure malt domination but it is precisely that malt can balance itself with lots of variety and ample range of character. The oak-aged helps to add up more complexity of the aroma and flavor. It has remarkable balance between everything inside, more than worthy to give it a try.

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Photo of Docksidebars
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmorris15
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of donspublic
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into sniffer, minimal head epic lacing. Redish amber in the glass, clear. Molasses stands out in this beer, and the barrel aging rounds out the edges.

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Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PackenGreen
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brewaddict
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3/31/16 from notes:

L - Pours a dark reddish copper brown with a thick cream colored head
S - I get sweet molasses and caramel with hints of oak
T - rich and bready. Maybe a little nutmeg like flavors in the middle. The molasses adds some sweetness. There is a bit of an alcohol after taste.
F - rich and mouthy.
O - Overall a nice brown ale..

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Photo of fern22
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dentist666
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly strong old ale.
Pours hazy reddish-copper beer with thick beige head, excellent retention.
Smell - nuts, biscuits, caramel, molasses, wood, vanilla.
Taste - wood, caramel, toasted malts.
Full body, soft carbonation.
Bourbon-like beer. Too heavy to be outstanding old ale.

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Photo of booyay
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PJCarnell
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MD03
4.67/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites from Founders which is saying a lot. Complex sweet, oaky flavors that make it really drinkable for something with this high of an abv

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Photo of cporet94
4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a darkish amber with a nice head, though the head quickly thins out. The fruit and molasses flavors are present from start to finish. As the beer warms up the fruit flavors stand out. The mouth feel is quite smooth. The taste is also smooth with a slight tart after taste from the oak aging. The oak and molasses stand out in the smell.

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Photo of Radcpa
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber cloudy appearance with slight head and carbination. Aroma is that of molasses and cinnamon. Taste is also molasses and spice that had little alcohol aftertaste. Taste and aroma Not as strong a I would like or expect.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GatorHopper
2.8/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ChipChaight
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle form Pioneer Supermarket on the UWS
Pours a hazy light amber with a ring of head and decent lacing, smell is dried fruits, dates, prune juice, toffee, roasted malts, taste is burnt honey, molasses, mellon rind, roasted squash, bourbon, this beer is velvety and full bodied with good carbonation. Comforting, warming, roasted bourbon goodness.

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Photo of MrJuengling
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours dark amber with a thin head. I agree with another reviewer, "The aroma is very like bourbon - very sweet, with vanilla, brown sugar and then notes of oatmeal, ginger, clove, and black tea." The flavor is strong in fruit with raisins, cherries, and molasses that gives it a delightful bitterness. The alcohol and bourbon flavors resonate from start to finish with that great old ale sourness. Great beer- one of, if not the best, of the Founders series.

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Photo of MTKATL
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DesertFox24
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chackman151
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 4,712 ratings.
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