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Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Curmudgeon's Better HalfFounders Curmudgeon's Better Half

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Ratings: 896
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 383
Gots: 372 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

Old ale aged in bourbon barrels previously used for Michigan maple syrup.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012)
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chadman7il

Illinois

1/5  rDev -76.9%

05-30-2012 01:24:20 | More by chadman7il
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SIEVS

Missouri

1/5  rDev -76.9%

02-21-2012 17:40:41 | More by SIEVS
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PhilCheSteak

New York

1/5  rDev -76.9%

02-16-2012 20:49:01 | More by PhilCheSteak
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nicknameddad

Michigan

1/5  rDev -76.9%

02-25-2012 23:34:57 | More by nicknameddad
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Sarge3130

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -47.9%

12-12-2013 14:06:22 | More by Sarge3130
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

2.6/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had such high expectations for this one. It looks exactly like Curmudgeon, but thats where the similarities end. Curmudgeon had a nice balance, but Better Half goes over the top with sweet. Theres way too much maple syrup for my tastes. I couldnt get past the sweetness, its so sweet its dry like rock or candied sugar.

I wish I had more to say, and the hype should be great, but not so much.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2012 00:30:46 | More by VncentLIFE
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bootdown21

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -36.3%

07-09-2012 01:43:31 | More by bootdown21
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GennyCreamAle

New York

2.75/5  rDev -36.3%

04-03-2012 02:40:38 | More by GennyCreamAle
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tewaris

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Old Curmudgeon aged in maple bourbon barrels. 750 from 2012 release split among three. Thanks Dan!

Clear dark amber with not much of a head or retention. Weird aroma dominated by cough syrup, cloying sweetness, rose water and spice. Tastes sweet, slightly bitter and boozy. Silky and coating with a medium body and medium carbonation. Very very meh.

4, 2, 3, 4, 3

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 05:01:32 | More by tewaris
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Imperial_Sapient_Groat

Michigan

3/5  rDev -30.6%

10-30-2012 17:30:57 | More by Imperial_Sapient_Groat
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Azrael


3/5  rDev -30.6%

01-25-2013 06:31:04 | More by Azrael
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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -30.6%

12-04-2012 04:05:07 | More by chippo33
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DeviousSpirits

Michigan

3/5  rDev -30.6%

12-28-2012 13:14:34 | More by DeviousSpirits
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -30.6%

05-08-2013 03:28:14 | More by tommyguz
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theminutemen

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

03-30-2012 20:48:20 | More by theminutemen
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ahalloin

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

09-07-2013 00:05:38 | More by ahalloin
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

01-14-2014 01:44:39 | More by mattmarka1
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Rons35

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

02-19-2013 23:27:04 | More by Rons35
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nanobrew

California

3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

04-17-2012 22:14:18 | More by nanobrew
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Rihup

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

06-04-2013 01:28:55 | More by Rihup
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

01-22-2013 01:24:56 | More by jrallen34
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.38/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Better Half, bottle bought at Whole Foods Chelsea in NYC for $15.99.

"Old Ale brewed with molasses and aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels"

Adorable-naive label, with the loving Curmudgeon's wife making an appearance (the man remains impassive and rather grouchy). I sense a divorce, or separate beds for the rest of their lives. Maybe this beer is just too sweet for the old fart?

Appearance: Served in my Lost Abbey snifter, my assertive pour produced a classic snow-capped one-finger head that dies rather soon, leaving only a mantle and serious lacing. Better Half looks like an old ale indeed (or a better barleywine), with a mysterious, slightly shiny amber color that almost begs to have one of those million-year-old flies encased inside.

Smell: Huh... scrambling to sniff *anything at all*. Alright, there is some cookie dough, banana bread, brown sugar and bourbon at the end. Crushed raisin and fruitiness. Suck on that sweeeet toffee! As it warms up, it becomes sweeter and more bourbony, with wood and cat-litter dust at the end.

Taste: If you love bourbon (and I do), you'll love this. Reminds me of drinking Evan Williams 2001. Booze, fire, tad of smoke. White chocolate, "tarta al whisky", rum-soaked bread, then cookies and more fire. SWEET AND HOT! Liquid caramel. At the end, I feel like I'm swimming in bourbon and sliding down a barrel. Can you say unbalanced?

Mouthfeel: A little thin for such a monster. It feels weak in the mouth, then goes down with intense dryness and outrageous heat plus a nice touch of bourbon.

Overall: This has got to be one of the sweetest, booziest, most unbalanced brews EVER. Didn't enjoy the Kaiser on tap, and this is no better. I love bourbon and sweet beers (hello CBS!) but this just ain't right.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 07:07:24 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The bottle was chilled and served in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is a a rusty amber coloration. The head is a creamy white coloration. A lot of sediment is noted in the bottom of my glass. This is some ugly looking shit.

S- The aroma of the beer has plenty of maple, carmelized bananas, peat and earthen notes. The aroma rounds out with vanilla and I swear I am getting rum.

T- This beers flavors are maple sweet, brown sugar a bit of peat and treaclely earthyness keeps the sweetness in check.

M- The body of the beer is medium with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is very sticky and a bit hot on the alcohol notes.

O- This beer is a bit on the sweet side. The peat and the earthyness of the beer somewhat conteract the sweetness. Frankly I think this beer needed a bit more time to sit in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 02:01:39 | More by nlmartin
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jtladner

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -19%

12-15-2013 04:42:56 | More by jtladner
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DCgolfpro

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -19%

02-03-2013 23:19:29 | More by DCgolfpro
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Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half from Founders Brewing Company
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