Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half - Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by mfavoino:
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed in a New Belgium globe on 8/25/12.
Appearance: Pours a dark amber with one finger of head that immediate pushes to the sides and creates a rim around the glass. Spotty lacing.
Smell: Strong bourbon aroma and maple sweetness dominate the nose. Really interesting aroma.
Taste: Bourbon right off the bat that is immediately smoothed out with a sweet maple syrup flavor. Nice caramel malts, a brown sugar undertone, and a touch of wood in the flavor. Finishes nice and smooth with the maple lingering.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with some boozy heat as it finishes.
Overall: The maple really worked for me, as I didn't find it too sweet. I could see some palates thinking it's too sweet. Bourbon gives another dimension that brings the whole beer together.
Serving type: bottle
08-26-2012 00:52:00 | More by mfavoino
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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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