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Founders Curmudgeon

Rating: 4.3

I’ve had this one sitting for a while now, it’s a 2012 version of the bottle and the only reason I’ve held off so long from trying it has been down the the huge alcohol content but since that’s not going to get any weaker I thought I may as well get round to trying it now. I ordered this beer from the Beers of Europe website in the build up to Christmas last year and planned on drinking it between Christmas and New Year but with countless others to get through first I never found the time. As it turns out, now is probably the perfect time to try this one since it’s an April to June seasonal specialty from Founders so this bottle has aged for an entire year by now. In fact this is one of four specialty beers from the brewery and I also have a bottle of their January to March offering in the cellar that I’m very much looking forward to trying as well; a bottle of Founders Imperial Stout. Curmudgeon will be my 7th beer from the Michigan brewery and follows on from their Rübæus that I reviewed a couple of weeks ago, hopefully this one will prove to be worth the wait because I’m definitely looking forward to it now.
Founders Curmudgeon

Appearance (4/5): Pours a deep caramel amber with a thin, half-centimetre tall head that is a foamy one and it’s slightly off-white in colour. Retention isn’t the worst for such a strong beer, the head slowly settles as a fine lacing on the surface that just about covers it and doesn’t turn patchy, initially anyway. There is also some sediment at the bottom of the glass but nothing overly concerning.
Aroma (9/10): Quite a strong beer on the nose initially with a lot of sweetness and plenty of sugar and treacle coming through. Thankfully the high alcohol content seems to be crowded out with some strong caramel malts and hints of oak, although some touches of alcohol do manage to sneak through as well. Toffee, dark fruits and some earthy hops all make an appearance here too and the beer seems more complex than other beers of the style that I’ve tried before now. The smell is quite rich and is rounded out with some background fruits and hints of vanilla too.
Taste (9/10): Sweet and quite malty with good caramel and toffee flavours coming through early alongside some sugar and a little alcohol that seems a touch stronger than the nose hinted it at. I could detect some dark fruits and a nice amount of oak and vanilla coming through with some plum and raisins as well.
Palate (4/5): Surprisingly smooth with a medium to thick body that hints at being creamy. The beer has soft carbonation and hints of alcohol coming through almost from the start. The beer is really sweet as well as being quite rich, complex and it’s definitely a strong one but there is enough going on to help it down easier than you might expect. I particularly enjoy the warming feel to this one from the alcohol that helped give the beer that boozy feel but it went down ridiculously easy for the strength of the beer.

Overall (18/20): This one was a beer that I really enjoyed and one that I’m glad I let sit for a while before opening up. Despite the strength of the beer it was one that went down pretty well with a great balance between flavours and I could see this being one that I would pick up again in future, assuming of course I can find it easily enough in Glasgow.

Brewed In: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America
Brewery: Founders Brewing Company
First Brewed: circa. 2005
Type: Old Ale
Abv: 9.8%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: BeersOfEurope.co.uk
Price: £3.99

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