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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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4,773 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:
#3,209
Reviews:
1,326
Ratings:
4,773
pDev:
10.45%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
218
Gots:
1,180
Trade:
52
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Ratings: 4,773 |  Reviews: 1,326
Photo of Chipotle
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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 -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cackalacky
4.69/5  rDev +16.7%
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 +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdwhitney
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Merky amber with small fluffy off white head.
The aroma is fruity yeast, tons of apricot, molasses and a Carmel burnt brown sugar toffee and bread crust.
The flavor is sweet, there's a full malt flavor that is largely toffee and bread crust. There's this mild oakiness and a bitter dry finish.
It's full bodied and about perfect for the style.
Overall it's solid nothing spectacular, but I love old ales and this one is very enjoyable.

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Photo of Danmullens1
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of petrusek23
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thedifferencemaker
2.86/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Budlum
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RD70
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aged 7 months in cellar.

Poured into a standard shaker pint glass at around 45 degrees F. Beautiful dark copper / caramel color. Even with a VERY slow pour, it leaves almost 1.5 inches of cream colored head with a good amount of lacing.

The nose gives malt, light oak and a hint of vanilla. Taste reveals sweet malt / almost brown sugar, following the nose, a hint of vanilla, caramel, light toffee with just enough bitterness on the back end to keep it from becoming cloying. Nose and taste are almost - not quite, but almost reminiscent of bourbon.

Mouth feel is lightly creamy and the malt really coats the tongue.

I had this back in January and wasn't nearly as impressed. Not sure if my tastes matured, or the beer did. Either way, 7 months did it a world of good for me. My first review here. Hope it came out ok.

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Photo of Shanex
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another new Founders sip for me and I think the first ''old ale'' I am trying.

Poured this 12oz bottle into a mug, the ethanol make it a bit harder to sip on it than others from Founders. I like it, just having a hard time finishing it.

A peculiar style that may not be for every palate.

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Photo of mnine
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Coltron23
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TylerGray27
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of porters4life
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of akopczyk
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of josanguapo
2.02/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing 12 Labours of Hercules 4 + Little Big Adventure Enhanced. Very alcoholic in both nose and mouth, and the oak aging seems to make it feel even more alcoholic. Bbf Nov 2016. It has been hard to finish

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Photo of Mdaniel723
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber with a thin head. Smells malty. The taste is malty with some caramel but very balanced for the style, with a good but not too viscous feel. I really enjoyed this one and have some in the cellar.

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 4,773 ratings
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