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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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BA SCORE
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world-class

896 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 896
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 382
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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California

4.75/5  rDev +10%

08-25-2013 04:05:02 | More by AirborneBeer
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-20-2013 22:47:00 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-19-2013 13:52:48 | More by KevinGordon
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.4%

08-18-2013 12:55:00 | More by drummermattie02
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raleigh_blue

North Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

10 oz pour into improper glass (pint glass). I was just happy to try the Kaiser. Cloudy with some residual sediments in the pour. I was one of the first to order this and also had it mid-way through the sixtel so i suppose after sitting a few years this was typical. Deep amber color.

Smell: Boozy caramel and vanilla. Taking in a full waft of this made my mouth water.

Taste: Boozy caramel, bourbon and vanilla. Super sweet, but I love it. Tastes like a caramel apple without the apple.

Mouthfeel: Thick and coating. Like chocolate milk with caramel/vanilla instead of chocolate.

Overall: If you happen to see it, by all means drink it. Outstanding by every measure.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2013 03:49:39 | More by raleigh_blue
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woodchip

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-18-2013 01:08:40 | More by woodchip
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -19%

08-17-2013 23:32:27 | More by BigTrubble
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CypherEnigma

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

08-17-2013 17:44:11 | More by CypherEnigma
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft at sams in Durham. shaker.

pours a reddish brown with a slight head. smell is of booze and caramel. very strong. taste is boozy, a tad sweet with the caramel and very full bodied. its a big boozy beer.

overall , drink this slow as its definitely a sipper. I had it 2 yrs old on tap and it was still extremely boozy. be prepared.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2013 17:27:15 | More by Axnjxn
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paulgarrison

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +10%

08-17-2013 16:23:37 | More by paulgarrison
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Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7.4%

08-16-2013 22:24:08 | More by mltobin
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BUNZILLA

Indiana

4/5  rDev -7.4%

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kif

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-13-2013 20:02:28 | More by kif
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -19%

08-13-2013 16:50:20 | More by kscaldef
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MADPolo

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-13-2013 01:15:41 | More by MADPolo
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timc13

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.4%

08-12-2013 21:03:18 | More by timc13
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kalifornsky

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: dark caramel, light light tan head

S: perfect amout of bourbon and sweetness.

T: the perfect amout of sweet bourbon. No bitterness.

F: a light chewiness. Not overly sticky. Lingers for a few moments.

O: one of the best beers I've ever had. I'm lucky to try this beer from the past!

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2013 03:08:27 | More by kalifornsky
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leprakhan

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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Texas

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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juliusseizure

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-04-2013 18:23:35 | More by juliusseizure
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a snifter

A big thanks to coreyfmcdonald for sending this one over in a trade!

A: Pours a dark copper brown. Its opaque with a small amount of sedimentation suspended in the glass and just over 1 fingers width of light tan head, which dissipates down fairly quickly and leaves effectively zero lacing.

S: Sweet, almost tart, anise, apple. I don't really get much bourbon or maple, actually more similar to an apple brandy barrel. Really unique aroma, but not that great honestly, and not very Old Ale ish.

T: There is a unique almost tart quality up front, which is alright, but then its followed by some really great flavors including a sugary sweetness, bourbon, maple syrup, molasses, oak, toffee. Its fairly boozy, but not in a bad way. I also get some citrus type characters, and nutmeg. Again, this is very unique. Theres a lot going on here, its quite complex, but its missing a lot of the typical old ale qualities that I really enjoy and look for in the style. Maple syrup builds as it warms, bourbon barrel remains fairly faint though.

M/D: Full bodied, very low carbonation but that is appropriate, slightly syrupy (pun intended), ABV is certainly noticeable. All things considered though, drinkability is pretty good. Personally I like the low carbonation and syrupy quality that allows it to drink almost like a spirit.

O: Overall, Im pretty disappointed. Don't get me wrong, its a good beer for sure, it just didnt live up to expectations and IMO its not to style. I would definitely drink this again if offered to me, but I dont plan to seek out another botttle.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 01:28:56 | More by zac16125
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cwelsh55

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

08-02-2013 02:28:00 | More by cwelsh55
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A -pours a rusty copper color similar to melted caramel. Pour does not yield any foam.

S - the nose is deep, sweet and oak forward. lots of buttery notes play off sweet grains creating aromas reminiscent of buttered bread or pancakes. Maple syrup notes add the sweetness. as it warms grape-y notes come forth adding a congac style flavor.

T -oaky and buttery up front. Reminiscent of a California chardonnay. There is a slight bit of boozy quality which settles into a cognac flavor in the center. Hints of grapes and pears as well. A refreshing hit of Peppermint on the finish.

M - medium bodied but nearing full. straddling a line between Creamy and watery texture. Medium carbonation.

O - a very complex and nuanced beer. much better than i had expected. very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 02:50:22 | More by Teleweizen2
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ari32

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +10%

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Nobcefus

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10%

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Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half from Founders Brewing Company
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