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Founders Kaiser Curmudgeon - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Kaiser Curmudgeon
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world-class

122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 22
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Rebranded as Curmudgeon's Better Half.

(Beer added by: TCgoalie on 07-10-2010)
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.5%

11-16-2011 04:37:31 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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Magery

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -8.5%

11-16-2011 01:59:14 | More by Magery
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JimboHD2005

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.4%

11-15-2011 18:40:39 | More by JimboHD2005
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Manboy21182

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.4%

11-15-2011 18:13:44 | More by Manboy21182
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brycevolk

Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.4%

11-15-2011 17:44:47 | More by brycevolk
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Agold

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.4%

11-15-2011 06:42:29 | More by Agold
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +14.4%

11-15-2011 05:00:22 | More by HopStoopid120
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nsmartell

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +14.4%

11-15-2011 03:38:48 | More by nsmartell
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buffs9

Colorado

5/5  rDev +14.4%

11-15-2011 00:29:00 | More by buffs9
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kirbsicles

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.4%

11-14-2011 20:41:30 | More by kirbsicles
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.4%

11-14-2011 19:24:47 | More by sideshowe
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JRod1969

New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

11-14-2011 19:02:45 | More by JRod1969
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surlytheduff

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

11-14-2011 18:23:33 | More by surlytheduff
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FluffyMcTingle

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8.5%

11-14-2011 17:06:18 | More by FluffyMcTingle
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sbricker

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%

11-14-2011 16:05:38 | More by sbricker
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Jparkanzky

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.5%

11-14-2011 14:52:18 | More by Jparkanzky
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klipper

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3%

11-14-2011 07:22:41 | More by klipper
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed at Churchkey on 6/30/2011. Very excited to try this one. Served in a snifter...

A: A beautiful amber color. I was surprised at how clear this beer is, virtually crystal clear. Absolutely zero head from the pour. Beautiful color, a little disappointed with the lack of head and retention. Then again, this is a booze bomb so that is probably by design.

S: Heck yes. Waves of vanilla and bourbon from the barrel aging with just a hint of brown sugar and dark fruit. As it warms, I detected raisin and even some banana. Smells great.

T: Man this is a thick brew. Heavy on the bourbon and maple syrup. Literally burned a touch on its way down the gullet. A very complex flavor profile with a lot of vanilla, dark fruit, and spice. Pretty boozy. Good.

M: Syrupy and sticky. Perhaps a bit too much. This beer is dessert.

O: It's not quite the revelation I thought it would be, but Kaiser Curmudgeon is a good beer. It's overly boozy and I'm not sure the base beer stands up to the barrel aging as well as it could, but I still recommend seeking this one out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 20:26:27 | More by siege06nd
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jbuddle

New York

3.5/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into wine glass

A - muddy ruby color with off white heads that dissipates into a ring. Not bad looking but nothing special

S - vanilla, sugary sweet malt, maple is strong, and lots of booze including some heavy bourbon

T - follows the smell with tons of maple, vanilla, and bourbon. There is tons of complexity in there but unfortunately its all behind a thick veil of very hot alcohol. Perhaps this keg was really fresh? I can't imagine how good this would be with a year or two on it but right now the alcohol dominates.

M - solid carbonation and a nice slick feel, not too heavy.

O - A solid and interesting beer that needs some age in my opinion. I can tell it has layers of complexity but what I drank was distractingly hot.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2011 15:02:07 | More by jbuddle
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rhong187

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served on tap at the Blue Dog (4oz pour, notes taken from Philly beer week... got a lot of catching up to do)

A - light tannish brown, miniscule amount of head

S - The bourbon hits you right away, leading to a bit of sweetness/vanilla/maple...

T - The initial sip blasts you with straight bourbon, with oak and toffee following through.. the order of the smell is identical to the taste..

M - medium bodied, with a low amount of carbonation. couldn't imagine this beer getting any better and I really wish they served in bigger servings..

Another fantastic beer offered by Founders, and just like the Cashew Mountain Brown, it leaves you wanting more. Hope they can find a way to bottle this one permantently.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2011 17:53:45 | More by rhong187
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From Duckworths in Charlotte

Glowing orange, brownish body with a tan head on top

Smells like vanilla, caramel, hints of oak. Smells a bit boozy.

Wow, more vanilla and oak notes in the taste lay across an incredible caramel backbone. Incredibly smooth finish. A little booze but it only adds to the complexity. As the beer warms a ton of maple flavor shines through. Simply amazing.

Smooth medium bodied, low carbonation, right on.

Wow am I glad I made the trip for this beer. The barrel takes a slightly above average beer and makes it a fantastic one. I'm impressed how smooth this one is. I hope this lands in bottles soon.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 18:01:12 | More by jpmclaug
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap in asheville and reviewed from notes.

caramel colored pour with a light head of off white that caps it off rather nicely. Settling down it left a little bit of a light sticky lace along the sides. Aroma was the best I have ever come across. Rich toffee and butterscotch, tons of sweet nectar notes. Candy in all its glory. Perfectly aged with a smooth, perfect profile of vanilla, toffee, and rich butterscotch that will not let up. Rich bourbon flavor just rolls across the palate with a smoothness unlike anything I have run across before. Rich vanilla and boozy notes combine to form a perfect balance

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 03:14:59 | More by mikesgroove
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Capone's during the Founders Philly Beer Week event. Poured into a mini (5 oz.) sampler glass...

A - Presented a clear amber-copper color. Really think off white head receded to a collar of the same color. Nice lacing.

S - Very sweet on the nose. Lots of maple syrup, lots of bourbon, brown sugar, some caramel and a little vanilla. Some malt in there and some nice oak notes as well.

T - Damn! VERY sweet flavors all over the place. Maple syrup and bourbon sweetness dominates the prifile with some carmale and toffee in there as well. Alcohol heat sure is present as is the maple barrel aging component. Very intriguing beer and one of the sweeter I have had.

M - Because of the sweetness and thew alcohol heat, this takes a bit of a hit. Thick and chewey, full bodied beer. As this warms, my mouthn really started to dry out.

O - Was super psyeched to try this, and although I liked it, I didn't find myself wanting more and more. Just too sweet. Although, Founders once again proved that they are, IMHO, the absolute best barrel agers in the business.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 13:30:37 | More by KAP1356
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review the #13 Old Ale on the beeradvocate best of list. Served on draft at Churchkey in a snifter, 8 ounce pour I believe.

Beer is clear and amber / coppery looking, with a thin head of small bubbles, lots of lacing, low carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is strong, lots of syrup, lots of bourbon, mild wood, some malt. The aroma is super strong, very sweet in the nose.

Beer is about as sweet as a beer can get and still be good, this one challenges my feelings on how sweet a beer can get. Seriously rough at times. There is a lot of bourbon on the palate too, beer is thin up front from the alcohol, the overall beer is quite good, very malty, very syrupy very strong, pretty hot, interesting beer. The oak and the maple come through a lot. Hmmmm...I think it is probably too hot and too thin with the alcohol on the front to give this an overall amazing score. Founders knows their way around a barrel though, another great maple syrup barrel aged beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 16:35:26 | More by drabmuh
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured on tap into a snifter glass at Churckey DC.

A very soupy looking off brown light head from the pour. Cherry lambic kriek looking body, nice dark burgundy and clear but dark enough hard to see through. Quite nice.

Very large distinct vanilla smell, brown sugar, and a mild caramel, very sweet smelling on the nose.

Taste is at first a giant blast of icing sugar and cake frosting. Dense malt body, but a real nice light texture on the palate in feel. Love the body on this brew.

Overall though this is just way too sweet for my tastes, but it is easily drinkable at a very high abv.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 00:54:29 | More by smakawhat
Founders Kaiser Curmudgeon from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.