Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by barczar:
4.33/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a hazy light brown color with a small cream head that quickly dissipates, leaving a ring of foam around the rim.
Aroma is very sweet and boozy, bourbon, maple, and vanilla, accompanied buy dark fruit scents of plum, figs, and cherry esters. Burnt toffee is evident late.
Chocolate malt, maple, vanilla, and bourbon start a flavor explosion that is significantly less cloying than the aroma would indicate, due to the surprisingly dry finish. Alcohol is fairly evident, and subtle flavors of dates, figs, and bruised cherries add complexity. Maple becomes more noticeable as it warms.
Body is fairly syrupy, with minimal carbonation. A significant alcohol warmth is present.
Overall, much more drinkable than anticipated. Fairly complex flavor, but not over the top in any direction. A little more pronounced dark fruit flavor would really make this awesome.
Serving type: on-tap
05-22-2012 22:20:32 | More by barczar
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4.26/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle, generously shared by Eric L. at a pre-4elf bottleshare today, 12/14/2013. Poured probably 6oz into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Thanks a lot buddy, hope you found that hot blonde...
Pours a thick and viscous but clear amber body, fairly decent but not close to a finger's worth of white head, retention is decent. Becomes a fairly placid brew with a thin film on top, no collar. Not much lacing to be found. Really, I think the labeling makes me perceive this as maple syrup in appearance.
Smells nice and sweet- similar to Sweet Repute really. Very caramelly and toffee heavy with a decent dose of maple syrup sweetness. Very sweet and not particularly hoppy or anything like that. Its a one note beer that really stands out. Love that maple syrup booziness.
Same as the nose- very tasty, very sweet and caramel forward with a nice complementary maple flavour. Its quite boozy actually, which I would have figured to go away with a year plus on it, but I guess not- never had it fresh so I don't know. In any case, it's very sweet but not in a cloying way. It's probably better fresh.
Thick, viscous and full-bodied. Carbonation is a bit low, but this is still an enjoyable sipper. Running a bit hot as mentioned before. Not bitter at all- very nice and caramel-forward with complementary toffee and maple notes on the backend.
Such a sweet beer, makes me wonder if that's a Founders thing. In any case, I think this was a nice treatment of Old Curmudgeon that still worked out even all this time later.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2013 00:47:55 | More by Stevedore
Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half from Founders Brewing Company
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