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:
#3,371
Reviews:
1,337
Ratings:
4,805
pDev:
10.42%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 4,805 |  Reviews: 1,337
Photo of KenOath73
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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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3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MTBDesertGnome
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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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4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VTR
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
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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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Curmudgeon from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 4,805 ratings