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Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 893
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 384
Gots: 371 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

07-27-2012 13:42:11 | More by Rollzroyce21
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-04-2013 23:10:13 | More by muskiesman
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-08-2012 22:37:05 | More by Lantern
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

06-06-2012 19:53:54 | More by brystmar
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-16-2013 18:58:51 | More by cadaugherty
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-10-2014 14:36:19 | More by JohnnieNepal
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4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat clear toffee color with just a wisp of head and spotty lacing.

Aroma consists of leather, vanilla, with a hint of brown sugar sweetness. Bourbon and a little maple syrup come out as warmed.

Taste follows the nose. I get the molasses flavor up front along with the taste of drinking maple syrup. After the initial burst of sweetness, some leather, oak and vanilla come through. Finishes with a bite from the bourbon and alcohol lingers on the finish.

Thick and syrupy approaching cloying, but thankfully not hitting it. I love the maple in this. As it warms, it's a delightful thick sludge.

A little outside my normal styles enjoyed, but there was a lot of good stuff here. All the flavors were integrated nicely and it was complex without becoming muddled. I'll be aging one just to see, but I can't imagine it'll be as good once the maple fades. It's by far the best aspect.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 20:55:00 | More by jmarsh123
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4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a hill farmstead tulip.

Pours a deep hazy amber brown with a very small and thin light brown head. Nose is malty, sweet, a bit of maple, well balanced.

Taste is awesome, old ales are generally a fairly dull style for me but these magic barrels really take it up a notch, mellow and sweet with a good amount of maple and bourbon. Not quite up to CBS but the character of the barrels still comes through. Mouthfeel is full and a bit syrupy with a crisp finish. Little bit of booze as well but it's far from overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 22:15:06 | More by kingcrowing
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

01-20-2013 01:37:33 | More by Spider889
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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Burnished red with thin off-white head and subtle lacing.

Smell: Kind of a laundry list of aromas - caramel, toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut, maple syrup, plum. Pretty sweet overall, both literally and figuratively.

Taste: Very sweet. I usually have a problem with that, but not here. Malty and fruity core that is wonderfully overrun with vanilla, oak, coconut and maple syrup. Fairly boozy as well, but it fits with the profile here.

Feel: Thick, syrupy and warming, with pretty low carbonation. Smooth and a nice sipper overall.

Overall: Just great stuff. Founders is great at barrel aging, and has particularly worked wonders with these Maple Syrup Bourbon Barrels.


Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 22:30:27 | More by bsp77
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3.75/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 22:33:18 | More by trxxpaxxs
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07-23-2012 03:01:25 | More by LambicKing
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

11-03-2012 06:15:03 | More by josephwa
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

06-30-2012 04:24:55 | More by ms11781
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South Carolina

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05-22-2013 00:56:09 | More by mikeincharleston
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -7.2%

02-24-2012 19:01:58 | More by jacewg
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-29-2012 01:18:58 | More by jrohrbacher
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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-22-2012 15:11:26 | More by wvsabbath
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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 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
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

02-05-2012 18:12:10 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 22oz Bottle of this from Friar Tuck's in Crestwood, MO for $17.99. Poured from the bottle w/ Curmudgeon about to enjoy some pancakes w/ syrup & his wife next to him into a 12oz Snifter Glass. Has no bottle date to be found.

Aroma- Hmmm... Whats in here? No nose on this one at all... Malt and touch of alcohol but nothing else pops out.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that has average retention. Has a semi-cloudy, dark copper/amber colored body. Leaves tons of suds behind.

Flavor- Has the sweetest caramel and then maple syrup flavors. Awesome here! A nice butterscotch flavor comes over the palate as well. Light alcohol and light bitterness. Smooth at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light Carbonation, Smooth, Easy on the palate, and sweetness finishes this one off. A slight syrupy and sticky feel also is on the palate.

Overall Impression- Talk about a hyped up brew last month! I bought 2 bottles of this, one for a trade with cousin and other to enjoy myself. I was pretty let down... The nose definitely didn't do anything but the flavor was nice. Would have liked to see a more chewy and fuller bodied beer here. See what you think...

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 19:52:29 | More by DCon
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4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Bell's tulip.

A- Pours a cloudy, dark caramel with a 1 finger off-white head. Ring of lacing stays on the glass.

S- Toasted and amber malts, maple syrup, and some vanilla.

T- Sweet toasted malts, maple syrup and a little vanilla.

M- Full body with medium carbonation, and slight alcohol burn at the finish.

O- Good old ale, but expected more from the hype that came with it. Would like to try again with a year or so on it.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 21:31:38 | More by kawilliams81
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