Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half - Founders Brewing Company

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Reviews: 231
Hads: 957
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 428
Gots: 370 | FT: 13
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  11.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Old ale aged in bourbon barrels previously used for Michigan maple syrup.
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Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. 2012 vintage. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $17.99.

A: Dark copper with short cap of beige/khaki head with short retention but a few scraps of lace. Quite a few yeast floaties.

S: Huge toffee and burnt caramel smells with some dark fruit and alcohol, bourbon mainly. I don't detect alot of maple aroma but it coul dbe buried in there underneath the prodigious malting.

T: The flavor is a step up from the aroma with burnt caramel, rum raisin, toffee, milk chocolate, and brown sugar. The alcohol is well-hidden in the flavor but there with a little steeliness. There is a fair amount of bitterness to try to offset the sugary sweetness, but the sugar definitely wins. Bourbon character is present but subdued after about 8-9 months of cellar time. The maple is not really coming through, although there is a bit of rough sweetness that might be from the maple syrup component. There is a little bit of nuttiness as well, maybe from the suspended yest particles. Not a subtle beer, but very enjoyable and a great sipper.

M: Silky smooth with a bit of tackiness at the back of the palate from the alcohol and super sweet sugars. Carbonation was appropriately low. Body was full and then some.

O: I have not tried the standard Curmudgeon for awhile, but I will have to revisit for a little comparison-action. Better Half is definitely all it is cracked up to be -- a powerful beer which hits your palate like a microburst of flavor -- it blows through and leaves your taster behind in shreds. Only this blast of flavor is intensely enjoyable. (1,628 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with Irishgurl4 many moons ago. Thanks again for the fun trade(s) Christine!

From a 750ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, thicker looking, fluffy, creamy-white head with good retention. Clear rust orange wth medium carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a foam cap and leaves some lacing on the top of the glass. A half wisp and ring remain until the end leavind some dots of lacing down the glass. Good looking beer for sure.

SMELL: Maple syrup, bourbon, oak and vanilla on the nose from the barrel aging. Some caramel and toffee sweetness, as well as some molasses and spicy alcohol as well. Nice nose on this one.

TASTE: Caramel and malple syrupy sweetness up front, as well as some bourbon, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate from the barrel aging. Aftertaste is bold and persistent with plenty of maple flavors, minty milk chocolate, sweet molasses and bourbon lingering on the palate. Nice and flavoful, though a touch boozy still.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creay creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes relatively dry on the palate. Very creamy smooth here.

OVERALL: This was a solid, solid beer. I think I preferred the stout aged in these barrels, but the old ale held its own as well. Some nice barrel flavors with hints of the base beer coming through here and there as well. An enjoyable beer I'd gladly drink again. Thanks again for the brews Irishgurl4. Much appreciated. (1,472 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. The pour is reddish-amber and slightly hazy with a finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates. On the nose I get some fruity esters, some bourbon, toffee, and some faint vanilla notes. Some dried fruit and alcohol fumes as well.

Very full body and velvety, creamy, chewy mouthfeel. The sweet, toasty, caramel-like sweetness hits you like a big malty club. Loads of sweetness. On the front of the palate is sweet malt, caramel, toffee, and candied sugar laced with vanilla, cream, and oaky, bourbony goodness. I think I'm getting a very faint trace of maple syrup too. There is a mild balancing hoppy bitterness at mid-palate and a nice, warming hit of booziness on the finish.

The last time I tried it, I thought that the standard Curmudgeon was a bit too sweet and boozy. However, I may need to revisit it because I thought this version of it was simply outstanding. The bourbon-barrel aging suits this style perfectly, just like it does big barleywines. It goes perfectly with the cold, damp weather outside. (1,063 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.95/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750ml brown pop top, awesome label, into my Black Sheep half-pint goblet. Pop the top, with just the whisper of carbonation escaping.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark orange amber, nice clarity, and a strong pour produces a large light tan/dark ivory cap with good retention.

Smell: Really pleasant toasty malt and sweet caramel aromas lead up front, with a light note of fruity alcohol and a faint woodiness. Something sort of nutty that reminds me a bit of nougat. Not a shocking level of depth, but rich and inviting. So far, so good.

Taste: Don’t really get much in the way of maple or oak, but I was willing to risk that to let the alcohol calm down just a bit. I do think I get JUST a hint of maple on the finish, along with what might be just a ghost of tannic oak, but would I have picked out the maple w/out knowing it was there? Probably not. Sweet, toasty malt, sweet caramel, a combination of alcohol (big, but not hot) and firm hop bitterness (if not flavor or aroma) keep this from being cloying. A bit of fruity alcohol. That (pleasant) lightly-nutty, nougat note from the aromas is present here as well. Alcohol is definitely present, but feels just about right to balance out the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Low-level, small, bubbled, steady carbonation and a rich, thick mouthfeel.

Conclusion: I definitely enjoyed this beer. The aromas scream ‘cold weather drinking’, the flavors are nicely balanced, especially for such a big beer, and it’s a nice example of a fairly traditional (at least in terms of flavor profile) take on the English Old Ale. If it was regularly available and cheaper, I’d probably pick one up every year or so. However, at the price point, and how hard you had to work to snag a bottle, it didn’t quite live up to expectations/the hype (but, for that matter, neither did CBS). Bottom line, I might be tempted to give this a 90 or so, if the price point were a bit lower. As is, I think it’s fair to score this around an 87 or 88. (2,009 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep amber/crimson hue with about a finger of off-white head that slowly settles to a ring around the edges. Sticky lace runs down the glass with ease.

S: A big burst of maple and bourbon up front, with sweet dried fruit, caramel, and some light floral hop undertones.

T: Cereal up front, with notes of caramel, honey, and dried stone fruits. Mid-palate is is massive maple and bourbon flavors, with a very slight smokiness lingering in the background. Finish is sweet and very long-lasting.

Notes: This beer is a monster of flavor! Full-bodied, viscous, and yet very smooth. One would not assume it was 11.9% ABV upon taking their first sip. For it's strength and complexity, it is highly drinkable to almost dangerous levels. This beer has got it all! When it comes to barrel-aging, Founders proves once again that they do it like no other. Wonderful stuff! (914 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy red-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is sweet caramelized malts with vanilla, oak, Bourbon, maple syrup, some dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with sweet caramelized malts, vanilla, brown sugar, black licorice, and dark fruits. Through the middle, lots of oak, Bourbon, and maple syrup come through with some molasses. The finish is a mix of sweet caramelized malts, oak, vanilla, maple syrup, Bourbon, molasses, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. The maple Bourbon barrels really add some great complexity to the beer while keeping the balance spot on. (800 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.57/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of lurchingbeast. Thanks, Frank! From notes.

I thought this was an appropriate review to upload for #1300. To many more milestones of being a curmudgeon!

A: Pours a clear chestnut body with light tan head. Large bubbles recede into milky swirls on top of the beer.

S: Smells of toffee, caramel, honey, vanilla, bourbon, with a nutty maple accent. Sweet for sure.

T: CBH is big on vanilla in the taste; it reminds me of the first batch of Abacus in its potency. The flavor drops off a bit after; or rather, it becomes more balanced, but it becomes harder to pick out the nuances after the big vanilla punch. Caramel, honey, bourbon, with a touch of maple. The finish has the astringency of nut skin (I wish there were a better way to phrase this) and oak.

M: While the body is hefty, it drinks much lighter due to the crisp carbonation. In the finish, the flavor falls off in a lackluster fashion; kind of disappointing since the taste is a little simple to begin with (or rather, I perceive it that way as the vanilla overrides much of the nuance).

O: Not bad... But I can see why this one was a lot easier to get (reportedly) than Canadian Breakfast Stout. It's not Founders' best. (1,231 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the sidecar

Pours a slightly hazed golden orange with a light crop of white head on top. Retains for a bit with some spotty lacing and film while drinking.

Potent maple syrup laced with bourbon in the nose. Syrupy sweet with layers of malt and toasted oak. Brown sugar and caramel with some dark fruit as well. Very rich and inviting.

Boozy warmth right up front with strong bourbon tempered by the silky sweetness of maple syrup. Burnt brown sugar and caramel add to the sweetness, followed by an assortment of dark fruits including raisins and dates. Roasted malts with more boozy warmth towards the finish which is sticky and hot with lingering effects of maple.

Full bodied, decent carbonation, syrupy, sticky, and smooth on the tongue. A deliciously rich barrel aged beer - the sweetness can be slightly overbearing at points but I still really enjoyed every drop. (886 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to thebeerisgood. Poured into a Founders snifter.

Pour: Hazy amber with a finger and a half of off white, soapy head. Head diminishes to a pretty nice rim, and leaves some nice sticky lacing. I'm sure that syrup residue in the barre had little to do this with, but its to see that this beer look like maple syrup. Body has some nice legs, and is more viscous than I would expect. There are a TON of floaties, which is what makes this a straight ugly beer, especially on the second pour.

Smell: Big bourbon up front, mingled with some vanilla. Burnt caramel and a little bit of cinnamon dance around behind that, especially as it warms. Chewy raisins. Some maple syrup lightly kisses the back half, and the nose reminds me more of french toast than pancakes as many have described.

Taste: Bourbon and maple stickiness. Raisins and figs provide a very noticeable chewiness. Huge caramel sweetness with a light vanilla close out, mixed with more maple goodness. Definitely better as it warmed. As I finish this glass, it truly tastes like pancakes. Well done Founders.

Mouthfeel: Very little booze bite, and really nice carbonation. Very sticky, but in a nice way - compliments the maple flavors. A definite sipper, you can't help but take your time with this one.

Overall: A really nice beer, and I am very excited for more maple bourbon goodness (at least to some extent) with Bolt Cutter.

And now time for a serious EDIT...
The second half of this bottle is really quite good. All the maple flavor is there. WITH THAT SAID, the first glass of this was NOT good. No maple flavor at all, and a LOT of alcohol astringency. I honestly think this is a case where sediment played a huge role in making the flavors that make this beer great come out. I highly recommend that you disturb the sediment before pouring a glass of this beer at its present age. (1,868 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks not so good. Murky brown, like a panoply of dead fall leaves. Bad head retention, and loopy at best carbonation. So all in all it looks the way an old ale should, but ugly. Smells very nice. Like a hot stack of pancakes. Maple, bourbon, toffee, caramel chews and some spices? american oak. To be honest it really smells like KBS without coffee. It smells sweet, warm and inviting on a fall evening. Really full taste with many flavors following from the indication of the aroma. The predominante flavors are from the oak backed up by huge malt. Bottle is from the release, duh, so the booze has calmed a little. however still a little hot. Oily and lacking enough carbonation to cut the body and booze. This is a great old ale, a style I really love. Many love impy stouts, but I find this style more interesting and more difficult to pull off with grace. In the end Founders does a bang up job, but falls short of the best. (930 characters)

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Dog in Chalfont, during their wealth of riches event.

The beer pours a dark golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. Those comes across as sweet and strong, as I pick up vanilla, cherry cough drop, some light maple and a hint of hazelnut. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but is really dominated by the cherry cough drop and vanilla. The high abv. is definitely noticeable in this beer, though the beer is not at all hot or heavy on the palate. Mouthfeel is fairly full, and the beer has a long, rich, sweet finish.

While I thought this a pretty good beer, it was just a bit too sweet and boozy for me. I was able to try this side by side with frangelic mountain, and preferred that beer to this one. (740 characters)

Photo of haazer
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great one at the Wealth of Riches.

A- The brew has a cider like appearance. Amber and copper in color, with a nice egg shell head. Constant carbonation flowing to the surface, and lacing on the glass as 99.9999% of Founder's beer's do.

S- The aroma was the weaker part of the beer. A bit of vanilla, and some caramel malt. Other than that pretty subdued for me.

T- The taste is no slouch what so ever though. Maple syrup, pancakes, and bready malt. It's incredibly how much this beer tastes like pancakes. There is some bourbon in the aftertaste with a hint of vanilla. The booze is entirely masked, not a trace.

M- Very smooth, full bodied beer with medium carbonation. My entire mouth is coated with this stuff.

O- Very, very good beer here. Suprisingly not cloying, as I think CBS is sweeter than this bad boy. This would be perfect to have with breakfast, or any time of day for that matter. Master class yet again from Founders. (946 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap into a 9oz glass
Review # 300
Really had some dumb luck finding this beer

This beer is slightly hazy amber orange. Not much head to speak of and some nice alcohol legs. It is overrun with bourbon and I cant express that enough. There is a lot of whiskey elements, corn mash, rye and a slight sourness. There is also a nice woodieness to this beer, some oak, some earthy spiciness. The beer may be bourbon dominant but there is a nice heap of dark fruit flavors from the malts. The maple also makes a strong presence and is really enhanced by the sweetness of the beer. There is not much alcohol taste in here but the bourbon ads a boozy element that makes this beer a sipper. There is quite a bit of alcohol feel, unsurprisingly. The beer is pretty heavy and malty but that was obvious what it was getting into. I't's quite smooth and a prefect sipping beer as it keeps you wanting more with its complex flavors.

Overall, this beer was amazing, Very grateful I got to try it and a perfect beer to cap off another 100 reviews, cheers to 100 more. (1,062 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle traded. Thanks!

A: Frail copper with a clean white head. Falls off the glass.

N: Malt and pineapple. Thick, dripping caramel. Maple and vanilla.

T: Butterscotch and toffee. Burnt brown sugar and caramel. This is surprisingly biting. Bourbon is faint here. Cotton candy. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Pleasantly heavy. Carbonation level is very good - not faint, but not dominant

O: Pretty good, but not amazing. It's really straddling the line between, burnt sugar, bitterness, and sweetness. Recommended, but might benefit from age. (553 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep amber with a fair sized head. Head is about 1.5 fingers and frothy. Great retention and lacing. Particles are present in pour, as well as larger ones in the bottle.

S- Very sweet, and fairly prominent bourbon notes. Heavy malts, including prominent peat malt scents. If my memory serves me correctly, smells almost exactly like Curmudgeon Old Ale.

T- Starts off with a sweet and malty bang. Heavy malts intermingle with the maple sweetness. Oak and bourbon notes come to the forefront and provide a little bit of a bite. Fairly complex. The maple and bourbon flavors provide an interesting mix. Ends with the bite of the bourbon flavor and a little alcohol heat, with maybe a hint of almost smoky flavor.

M- Sticky and smooth. Low carbonation levels. Almost syrupy on the palate. Alcohol makes it closer to a sipper, but not too bad for the heavy flavor profile and high ABV.

Overall, I liked this one a lot. I didn't anticipate this one being as good as it was considering how I like the base beer. The maple syrup barrel aging really gives it another interesting aspect. Makes me want CBS even more. (1,121 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.73/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark honey with hues of red. There is very little head, but there is a solid amount of lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is malt, seaweed, honey, maple syrup. Smells like a solid old ale with a bit more sweetness.

T: It starts out with a burst of sweet and seaweed, but the awkwardness clears quickly and I get a lot of honey and maple syrup. There is a big boozy not in there as well, and it makes it's presence more evident in the finish.

M: Full bodied beer. It's think, coating, and syrupy This beer destroys the palate on contact, and lingers well past the final sip.

O: This beer is sweet and hot. It's ok, but it's not my favorite. I'd drink this beer again, but I won;t seek it out in the future. (736 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another wonderful beer from Founders. I'm really digging the large format bottle special releases- all of them have been welcome additions so far. This one is no exception. Pours a dark amber with a solid head for the abv and style. The head sticks around for the duration of the beer. Lovely bourbon aromas to start, with vanilla, a bit of spicy oak, and a nice punch from the residual alcohol. Some Maple develops at the end. The taste is even better, with very well integrated flavors of chocolate, vanilla, maple, oak, Bourbon, and molasses notes. On the sweet side, but it all works very well. Silky in the mouth, and a pleasurable experience all around. A very tasty beer indeed. (685 characters)

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Tulip.

A. Pours 1 finger head. You can smell the beer as it is poured from the bottle. Not a lot of lacing, but a solid collar of lace left on the glass. Color is an amber brown. Decent retention with a permanent top layer of head.

S. Wow! Brown sugar, molasses, raisins, maple syrup, vanilla, oak, alcohol, candied fruit. All kinds of aroma in this beer. Very sweet smelling with all of that goodness going on. Its like the smell of a candy store for a beer nerd.

T. Damn! One of the smoothest extremely complex tasting beers I have had. Pretty much all of the aroma translates to the taste. Sweet, maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, dates, rum soaked fruit, vanilla, oak. Incredibly delicous. Wouldn't mind drinking this for breakfast with my better half.

M. Full bodied. Medium/low carbonation. Mouth coating, lip smacking sweetness.

O. Very good beer. Kind of beer that makes you happy that you just had a beer so good, and sad that you don't have any more. I think Founders could age a barrel of urine in those maple syrup bourbon barrels, and it would taste good. (1,116 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours brown with a small off-white head on top with some decent lacing that hangs on the sides for a while.

S: There was some maple, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, and bourbon all mixed together. On the sweet side, very inviting.

T: A nice blend of bourbon and maple. Brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, and some oak. It has a nice sweetness, but not over the top at al.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol hidden nicely.

O: One of my favorite Old Ales, probably because of the barrel aging. Would certainly drink again. (571 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.82/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle from Mink's Package (Marietta, GA). 13.99. Served in a Terrapin snifter. 

Pours ruddy red with two fingers pale head. Cloudy with particulates aplenty. Small spots of occasional lacing. 

Smells of maple, vanilla, sugar and mild alcohol. 

Taste is a smooth blend of vanilla, maple, caramel, bourbon, earthy grass and an almost sour apple. Interesting and pleasing. 

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. 

Another tasty treat from Founders. Nice creamy blend of smooth flavor. Well done.  (513 characters)

Photo of mfavoino
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Armsby Abbey to kick off their anniversary week party.

A - Poured into a standard stemmed chalice a hazy caramel hue with a nice dense creamy one finger head that fades to leave great thick side lacing.

S - Aromas of rich oaky vanilla bourbon and barrels with light toffee and caramel. Nice and warm and inviting.

T - Taste is good raisins, darkfruits, light bourbon notes. Some light maple syrup-esc sweetness. No alcohol on th taste really which is nice, all the flavours meld nicely with eachother though the age is definitely noticeable.

M - Mouthfeel is excellent for the ABV, very smooth and drinkable with some light carbonation.

O - Overall this was a very nice old ale, would have liked to have drank it fresh. Still though this was quite tasty and super drinkable. (794 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I <3 old Curmy, so i knew i had to try this. Boatshoes sent me a box with this.

Body is a auburn amber sunburst color. Thin cap that fades rather quickly.
The nose is awesome! (exclamation point) Full nose of maple sweetness and i love it. Alcohols and vanilla bourbons(plural).
My wife called out maple right away but she is a Canadian, which is commonly known to be cheating.
Flavors have more alcohol heat then the sweetness that the nose had, not bad at all i like heat it just tones down the richness a tad. bourbon is more upfront with oak. Maple and molasses are there in 2nd place. brown sugar. <3 this beer.
body is good, stops short of sticky, mild carbonation.

<3 great beer to sip on for 3 hours tonight. Boatshoes is going to get a nice box back, he better watch himself. (795 characters)

Photo of thedoubler55
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brownish Copper in color a bit transparent, a nice finger of off white head at the top, the lacing around the glass was moderate.

S: The nose of this brew was very uniqure, strong hint of bourbon right from the start, hints of brown sugar, caramel, honey,plum, and some vanilla.

T: Same as the nose, very bold taste up front, strong hints of bourbon, maple syrup, brown sugar and some notes of dark fruit.

M: The alcohol is very strong and hits you right away causing a warm feeling on the tongue, moderate carbonation and syrupy.

O: Strong brew, I am good with having tried it, but I am a bigger fan of the old Curmudgeon. (631 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Well hazed plum color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is below average, even for the ABV, but a decent lattice of lacing is left.

4.5 S: The maple syrup is huge in this. It's about twice as potent as in CBS. Molasses follows, then raisin, plum, tobacco, and apple fruitiness. The bourbon influence is minimal, but it does add an extra layer of complexity along with some oak. Plenty of caramel and a bit of toffee. Smells great and the alcohol is well hidden.

3.5 T: The taste is taken over by raisin and tobacco, which even pushed aside the maple syrup. Following those, molasses, plum, apple, oak, and maple syrup are found. The bourbon is a good bit stronger in the taste and it brings along a booziness that is expected with a 12% brew. The reason that I don't like this more is because it is pretty damn sweet. Not Bruery sweet, but sweeter than it needs to be. Otherwise, it is tasty.

3.5 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy, but it's a bit syruppy as well and gives a hefty chewiness.

3.5 D: It's tasty, but I wish it fermented out a bit more. Love the flavors, but just too much sweetness. (1,170 characters)

Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half from Founders Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.