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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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4,769 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:
#3,195
Reviews:
1,325
Ratings:
4,769
pDev:
10.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
218
Gots:
1,179
Trade:
52
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Ratings: 4,769 |  Reviews: 1,325
Photo of FlyMOC1
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ljc973
4.66/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cheesy26
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PostRockandCats
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle to a nonic glass.

L: Medium brown with a compact, sturdy tan head. Tight lacing. Cloudy.

S: Vanilla, light Caramelly Malts, bit of burnt sugar. Complex nose, but not very heavy.

T: Taste follows the nose: caramelly, vanilla malts right up front followed by mild piney hops at the end. Some rasiny and dark fruit notes. Nice bit of sweet woodiness throughout. Bit of brown sugar with very mild brown bread at the end. I don't taste molasses, per se; I taste a deep, sweet earthiness. It's not a heavy flavor, but one that adds fullness. I can feel the alcohol, but it's not noticeable on my palate.

F: Like velvet. Medium, creamy mouthfeel.

O: I've yet to be disappointed by Founders. I wish this weren't seasonal! Nice balance and depth without being too heavy. Almost sessionable if it weren't for the ABV!

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Photo of poohbearzeccola
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FightinIrish88
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of okcommuter
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kevindp9
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msinger1002
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JVStabile64
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gabepesce
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ronricorossi
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drinks like a solid barleywine.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KenOath73
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BodiesLexus
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mom and dad got this one for me in Michigan on a recent visit. Cheers guys!

From a bottle into a snifter
IBU: 50
Old ale with molasses and aged in oak barrels

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, creamier white head with excellent retention. Clear maroon red or burnt orange in color with medium levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a nice full cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A good wisp remains and leaves some touches of lacing as the glass empties.

SMELL: Caramel, red fruits, oak, some vanilla from the barrels and touches of floral hops on the nose.

TASTE: Lots of caramel malts with toffee and sweet fruits up front. Flavorful beginning. Bold finish of sweet malts, oak, touches of vanilla with a light floral bitterness that adds the necessary balance to all the sweet toffee, fruit and berries. Some lightly spicy alcohol lingers as well. Good stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: Good stuff. Lots of sweet flavors and a good dose of bitterness for balance. Really enjoyed how all the flavors and characteristics blended together to form a coherent whole on this one. Something I’d gladly drink again if I had the chance. Thanks again guys! Always appreciate the brews.

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Photo of Beefstroganoff
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MTBDesertGnome
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It was good, but you definitely have to be in the mood for it.

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Photo of Nordbier
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VTR
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The smell on this was very nice. Malts, whiskey, oak, sweet smelling molasses, and some dark fruits. The taste somewhat followed the nose but in my opinion was a lot better. It is definitely an old ale. The strong ale hits you first followed by the oak/whiskey flavor but then fades quickly into a kind of sweet aftertaste. I think the molasses helped balance it out. This is not a sweet beer it is dry and kind of bitter but I thought the bitterness subsided as the beer warmed. This is definitely a sipper beer with some good friends or some good old alone time. I do not think it would be enjoyed with food. Overall, I have purchased every bottle I have seen and can not wait to seek this out again in the spring. I still have two bottles in my cellar from this year. I was fortunate to drink more than my fair share this year! Seek this out I can not see how you could be disappointed.

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Photo of Cory-WC
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BigGingDrinker
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MikeKSmith
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TangoJuliet
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 4,769 ratings
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