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:
4,732
Reviews:
1,317
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
Wants:
218
Gots:
1,171
For Trade:
52
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Ratings: 4,732 |  Reviews: 1,317
Photo of Dmecca
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Drunk-Monkey-Candyholic
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timc32
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing a 2016 version. It pours a nice translucent brown with a small, light brown head leaving nice lacing. The smell is malt, molasses, and some vanilla. The taste is dark fruits first followed by some sweet molasses. There is a smooth, low carbonation mouthfeel. Overall this is a nice, easy to drink beer that I really enjoy.

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Photo of AJmon13
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BKotch
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4/1/14; drank 4/12/15 @ the Yarchives.

Murky orange/plum appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice khaki head; nice lace.

Plum, baking soda & brown sugar notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Dried plum flavor up front; a dry baking soda finish. Booze heat emerged as this warmed. Not very good.

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Photo of jcubz
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, deep bronzed-burgundy with two fingers of khaki head. Poured straight into the glass slowly. Head retention is good, with good lacing left behind. Head forms quickly and eagerly. Aroma is caramel, toffee, molasses, with toasted, nutty malts. Flavor profile is caramel, molasses, and toffee with toasted and nutty malts as well. Caramel and molasses are at the front, keeping it sugary, but well balanced with the nutty and toasted malts at the back. Mouth feel is medium-thick, with a slightly fizzy and grainy feel. Overall, a lively old ale with lovely notes throughout.

Served in a teku.

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Photo of JoshHatfield
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dazedman
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From cellared bottle dated 1/14/2015.

Extreamly smooth and mellow for a beer of this style. A little boring and watery, but the ABV warmness and barrel character do stand out.

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

Slightly too bitter, a bit lacking in body & depth of flavor

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Photo of mitch3114
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmcquirk
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of goingbrokeonbeer
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a 2014 bottle that pours a dark brown color with just a cap of head. Smell is wonderful, molasses, vanilla, malt, and some dark fruits. Taste is bready malt, molasses, and vanilla. A medium mouthfeel for a just all around nice brew.

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Photo of SayBoom
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KEH
3.06/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I wanted to like this, but it's too hoppy. I do enjoy heavier beer, but they need to be malty. This beer pours light brownish/amber in color. The malt character and oak from the barrels are definitely present, but the hop presence kills it for me. I really wanted to like this beer. Some others claim the hops dies down if you cellar it. I might give that a whack the next time it's available.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bammer21
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 4,732 ratings.
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