Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale)

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

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

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Ratings: 4,736 |  Reviews: 1,318
Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of videofrog
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of car2052
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to snifter.
A: Hazy garnet, maybe from being in the freezer beforehand. Tan 1/2 in. head.
S: Caramel, bit of a lager yeast smell, strong rum and bourbon notes, and grape.
T: Smoky, with heavy doses of caramel and a strong rum and whiskey note.
M: Heavy but not syrupy.
O: Very nice and not too unbalanced. Nice.

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Photo of Oleg85
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kuges
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Benish
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark red color with an off white head. The aromas were very mild and with zero hop presence. Picked up sweet floral notes of honey and molasses. The flavors are spot on. Honey, molasses, and some oak with a huge malty sweetness. Again no hop presence, however it has a very mild bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Overall this is a very easy beer to drink. Not to the extreme of a barelywine yet still so rich and flavorful. I love hops but it's great drinking these beers that break away from the trend of over-hopping. Just had one bottle and I'd definitely enjoy another.

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Photo of bobert84
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love the taste. Love the look. Great beer!

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into chilled glass mug. This is my first old ale and since it comes from Founders, which happens to be my favorite non Cali brewery (sorry but I gotta usually stick with my home state), I have high expectations. Colour is a beautiful dark amber which looks great holding up to a light. Head is foamy off white with some lacing. I took a whiff and got a nose full of malty caramel. Taste is molasses, caramel, vanilla, oak, and every thick malty taste you can think of. This is definitely a sipping beer and with a 9.8 abv you should be sipping it. Probably a great beer to enjoy with a rich BBQ'd meat. Prost!

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

P- Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Large Funky Buddha snifter.Bottled on 12/30/16 (almost 4 months old). First non Florida beer on my last night in Florida.

L- Creamy light khaki colored head that stands a half finger tall,with moderate retention and super sticky lacing.Slightly hazy ruby colored body,with moderate retention and distorted light showing through the glass.Low amount of carbonation,and moderate amount of sediment.

S- On the nose I get heavy amounts of sweet molasses,caramel malt,smoked oak,and slight alcohol notes.

T- The palate follows the nose with sweet molasses up front,caramel malt in the middle,and smoked oak on the back end with some undertones of alcohol,and some bitter hops.

F- The mouth feel is medium / heavy with a sticky texture.Low amount of oxidation on the tongue,with a surprisingly smooth finish.A little bit of alcohol warming after the sip.

O- This is a pretty damn good beer.To be perfectly honest I don't have much experience with this style,but I like it.I would definitely drink it again,and recommend giving it a try.

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

Keg dated 3.2.15 (2 years aged)
32 oz growler poured into a snifter.
Purchased at Trenton Road Take Out in Levittown, PA.

Bright ruby red. Very short head that dissipates quickly. Light carbonation.

Cherry, molasses, toffee, caramel, tobacco, and vanilla.

Caramelized sugars, maraschino cherry, molasses, toffee, and vanilla. Tobacco and a slight earthiness. Suggestions of concord grape, raisin, and prune. Has a touch of oak and a warming alcohol presence.

Medium bodied, silky, smooth, and warming.

Old Ales don't get much better than this!

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Photo of rsquared59
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dharmelink
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Maestro0708
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Bottled 12/30/16.

Pours a deep amber color with a one-finger white head that leaves gorgeous lacing around the glass.

Aroma is sweet molasses, oak, vanilla, and alcohol.

Taste follows the nose with molasses, oak, and vanilla. The smooth, sweet start is balanced by the slightly noticable alcohol and a surprising hop bitterness.

Mouth feel is full bodied and smooth with low carbonation.

Overall, this is a really nice old ale. Perfect for sipping.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a single-serve.

Pours a dark amber with not much head, but excellent sticky lacing throughout.

The aromas are very unique and diverse. The best part of the brew. "Dark" notes like molasses and dark fruits, mixed with floral notes and vanilla. Hints of bourbon.

The taste is elusive and more like a barleywine than an OA. Sweet at the very front (similar to the nose--molasses, burnt sugar, vanilla, bourbon), but with a good punch of hoppy bitterness, and oaky and boozy elements at the finish. Enough going on to be "complex" but it comes across as a rather muddled assemblage of flavors, not a symphony. It is almost like there are three or four different concepts going on and they aren't blended into one cohesive theme.

The mouthfeel is fairly unremarkable and perhaps the most disappointing part of the brew. Rather flat, and lacking in a describable finish.

There are some good intentions here, but this is a miss for me.

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Photo of LouZ
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jjchristiano
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank it at room temperature.
Perfect. Like a Bourbon nightcap.
Only need one.

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Photo of nwhittin
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dee4maine
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of PrimustheOne
3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Molasses, hop bitterness and boozy alcohol. Not much to this brew. Pretty one dimensional. Disappointing.

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Photo of Commandophile
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMH73
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep Amber color with a one inch head that left little lacing. Smells of bourbon, oak and molasses. Taste gets significantly better and richer as it warms with dominant flavors of molasses and oak with additional notes of vanilla, bourbon, cherries and caramel. Lightly carbonated, medium to thick mouth feel, smooth, a real sipping beer.

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Photo of 7irondave
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
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