Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) | Founders Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
4,743
Reviews:
1,319
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
Wants:
219
Gots:
1,174
For Trade:
52
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Photo of ChrisL24481
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of hockeypuck
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nlmartin
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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

Whoo this was a heavy beer.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhatAtUT
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of moarmare
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of tdmccarthy
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of heygeebee
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not too sure how many Old Ales I have had...

Looks good, deep copper body, one finger head... Immediately into sweet aromas and taste, almost like a cross between a Quad and an English strong ale. Lots of brown sugar and malts and yes molasses. Really quite sweet overall. The alcohol comes thru... Was not aware of the high ABV but on drinking port notes are evident, as is alcohol burn. Unwelcome slightly astringent note on back palate.

Odd in some ways, tho, almost like a base strong beer had a ton of sugar added. Very late.

One to cellar methinks.

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Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of delta490
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a ruby brown with a slight creamy white head. No retention, almost not lacing. The aroma has a nice oak pungency with hints of molasses. The taste is awesome, with the ale flavors (caramel, dark fruit) in the forefront with just a hint of the oak providing a nice counter. There is a nice weight to the beer (my preference would have been a little thicker) and a pleasant silky feel to it. A great barrel-aged ale.

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Photo of Budlum
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a clear reddish brown with a ½" tan head that persists for a few minutes then recedes to ring of foam and a thin cover for the liquid. Eventually the cover disappears as well. At first sipping leaves a ring of foam and some sheets that turn into lacing. Later the lacing becomes leggy and sparse.

Smell: The aroma gives a first impression of honey sweetness with some vanilla and caramel mixed in. While there are hints of spicy hops, its almost like this one has been aged in a charred oak barrel.

Taste: The flavor starts almost too sweet until some bitterness kicks in about midway through. Again there is the vanilla and caramel mix in the sweetness, just as if the malt rich beer had been aged in a bourbon barrel. There is an earthy hop bitterness in background and just the faintest hint of well concealed alcohol. There also seems to be a lightly burnt character to the caramel and toffee.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is smooth, velvety and slightly sticky with some minimal soft carbonation coming into play. The finish is long and begins with both caramel and vanilla sweetness that then turns into a dry earthy bitterness before the sweetness re-emerges just sitting there way in the back of the mouth daring the bitterness to chase it away.

Drinkability: This is a drinkable beer in the sense that it will be easy to have another some other day. The combination of the high ABV and the sweetness though make it a sipping beer and something to finish off the night with rather than a beer to drink during an evening of dinner and conversation with friends.

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Photo of FreshZ
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of q33jeff
2.82/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

**
04/18/2013
05/03/2013
Musty. Aroma reminds me of the smell of old peoples houses that I recall from collecting as a paperboy. Great memories, terrible olfactories. Clear Copper, small head. Lasting lace.Quite sour. Overly bitter sour makes for a puckery feel. Endearing flavor, but takes a while to get into.Clean brew. Not smooth. After"feel" is "Pasta Starchy". Not quite a success; though I am still a big fan of Founders.
**
04/27/2017
Founders tasting with DC.
Upped a little. This is still decent, but no BB. 2.56 to 2.82.
**

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of adamette
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago for $3.55 into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" date.

A 3 inch creamy light brown head over a liquid caramel translucent body. Good look overall and it has that thick, syrupy look of all of the other Old Ales that I have tasted and rated. Edit: bump from 3.5 due to the nice lacing on the inside of the glass. 4.0

S Bready malt sweetness. It is like bread with maple sryup on top with an alcohol scent in the background. Not bad but pretty well in line with other Old Ales that I have experienced. 3.5

T The bread and sweet malt along with a warmth of alcohol show up in the taste just as they did in the taste. This is the classic taste of an Old Ale. 3.5

M Warm, full feeling beer with plenty of syrupy stickiness and depth and breadth. Again here, a fine aspect of the beer but one that I have come across often in the style. 3.5

D Not very drinkable to me with the huge feel (appropriate to the style but huge none the less) and the rather high ABV. 2.0

Notes: Pretty average version of an Old Ale.

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Photo of Rick778
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Founders Curmudgeon (Old Ale) from Founders Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 4,743 ratings.
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