Curmudgeon | Founders Brewing Company

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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:
#3,168
Reviews:
1,333
Ratings:
4,793
pDev:
10.42%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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219
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Ratings: 4,793 |  Reviews: 1,333
Photo of Helixoon
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Krajnyak
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Khaack
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cmukid87
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 22Blue
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Goofster
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of aclockworkchris
4.93/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of elglueckert
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mwvman
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buzzedup
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikeinportc
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Johnct
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of igl
5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from draft into a tall tulip glass at a local tavern. Beautiful clear mahogany with a nice beige head and great lacing. Nice woodsy, boozey smell that follow into the taste. The flavor of vanilla, toffee and a bit of candied orange. Nice oak notes as well. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cackalacky
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. I've had it many times before, but today I poured a bottle that had been sitting around for a year or so...and it is so incredibly smooth. Similar to a barleywine, but more refined. I wish I had more that I had left alone.

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Photo of Beach-Cruiser
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Curmudgeon from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 4,793 ratings