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Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half - Founders Brewing Company

Founders Curmudgeon's Better HalfFounders Curmudgeon's Better Half

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Ratings: 872
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.9%


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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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Currently, this is #4 in the Old Ale category here on BA.

Served in an Olde Hickory shaped-glass.

A: Poured a mean, extremely cloudy brown-red color, with tons of little yeasties floating in the pool of gloriousness. The head was about 2/3 finger, mildly off-white, and settled into a white pepper sawdust formation on top of the liquid.

S: Lots of coconut-esque bourbon here which was very fresh and somewhat potent. Yeah... I can detect the whole molasses thing also.

T: Wow! I got Founders yeast profile in spades! All of the hot, sizzly notes from the original "Old Curmudgeon" are now gone, and what is left is a caramely, bourbon-infused, semi-sweet dessert that hits all the right notes!

M: Right as it hit my palate I noticed the thickness immediately. Sure, there was a bit of a syrupy quality, but that was the molasses' contribution, not the sugar's. The lacing was somewhat spotchy, but not too evident at first glance.

O: This is truly a remarkable beer and one that I believe will age quite well. However, you could drink it right now as well. How about it? Don't mean to twist your arm or anything....

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 20:25:18 | More by Chaney
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barczar

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light brown color with a small cream head that quickly dissipates, leaving a ring of foam around the rim.

Aroma is very sweet and boozy, bourbon, maple, and vanilla, accompanied buy dark fruit scents of plum, figs, and cherry esters. Burnt toffee is evident late.

Chocolate malt, maple, vanilla, and bourbon start a flavor explosion that is significantly less cloying than the aroma would indicate, due to the surprisingly dry finish. Alcohol is fairly evident, and subtle flavors of dates, figs, and bruised cherries add complexity. Maple becomes more noticeable as it warms.

Body is fairly syrupy, with minimal carbonation. A significant alcohol warmth is present.

Overall, much more drinkable than anticipated. Fairly complex flavor, but not over the top in any direction. A little more pronounced dark fruit flavor would really make this awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2012 22:20:32 | More by barczar
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socon67

New York

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Founder's Tap Takeover, Double Windsor

A - Dark amber pour, clinging lacing to the glass, and a thin tan foam.

S - Smells of fresh maple, caramel, mohogany wood, and distilled bourbon whaff from the glass. Over time the sweetness became more prominent.

T - Very up front taste of maple syrup. There was also a bit of candied fruit flavor. The subdued burn at the end gives this variant a mellower profile than the regular Curmudgeon. The finish does give a flavor of refined bourbon.

M - While this is a perfect cordial drink, I found it so intense that even one glass was probably too much. There is no quality to make me have more than one, but that one glass is awesome.

O - So glad to try this on tap. It will appeal to your sweet tooth, and I found it better used maple and oburbon notes than CBS.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2012 15:04:25 | More by socon67
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ncketchum

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temp in a chimay goblet

A - pours a dark red-orange with minimal head, lots of sediment

S - smell is bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, and maple syrup with a strong malt backbone

T - Strong bourbon up front, followed by the sweetness of the maple syrup, all with malt underneath.

M - fairly thick, not much carbonation, pretty boozy, the abv definitely makes itself known.

O - another excellent offering from
founders, glad I split this one as doing a whole bomber myself would be a tall order.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 21:20:58 | More by ncketchum
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is amber colored and mildly hazy with a small white head. The aroma is the best aspect of the beer, in my opinion. Oak, vanilla, maple, sugar, syrup, booze. The flavor is complex and well done, albeit too sweet. This seems like a beer that will age gracefully. Lots of oak, sweet maple, vanilla. Alcoholic warmth in the finish. A few ounces of this beer is plenty. I am looking forward to opening another one of these further on down the road.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 02:03:37 | More by Huhzubendah
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GregSVT

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear bourbon brown with a big very light tan head that fades to a big ring and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of caramel, toffee, honey, vanilla, and a hint of maple. Definitely smells sweet.

T: The taste is seriously sweet but oh so good. Starts with a big vanilla presence that transitions to caramel, honey, and toffee along with a slight hint of maple. The taste borders on cloying...it's pretty damn sweet.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy.

O: The sweetness of this beer kind of detracts from the overall enjoyment but not so much that I won't finish the whole thing. I really was looking forward to this and it didn't disappoint. I may or may not try to get another one for aging...we'll see how I feel about it at the end of the bottle.

And survey says...too sweet. I don't see how aging this would make it any better...in fact it may get even sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 00:35:25 | More by GregSVT
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Treebs

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared in line at DLD. Thanks to either khumbard or cpmichael! Served in a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with deep rosy hues in the body. There are a lot of floaties in this guy. No real head forms on the pour, just a thin film that recedes to tiny ring. It leaves some splotches behind.

S: Leather and tobacco mix nicely with some light oak and bourbon. Dark fruits, mainly dates and figs are also present with the slightest hint of maple.

T: The maple syrup really shows itself in the taste. It's very sweet, but it's balanced by the light bourbon and oak. Also some nice dark fruits and pale malts show themselves. Smalls hints of tobacco.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Sweet syrup finish that is a tad dry.

O: It was really sweet from the maple and the boubon took a back seat, but it was very good overall and the booze was very well hidden. I see this syndrom appearing with CBS as well where the bourbon isn't that present and the maple sort of takes over. Either way, both are great.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 18:50:37 | More by Treebs
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thinnish offwhite head, tawny red-amber body, clear.

Nose has alcohol, bourbon, a bit of maple.

Body is smooth, rich-- much less bitter than draft, rich, dripping with almost buttery maple syrup. Magnificent rich body. Aftertaste is a bit burning, but not offensive.

Mouthfeel is impeccably smooth.

This rode the hype-coattails of CBS. It's good, and has the air of being a special/exclusive brew, if not as mind-blowing as some of the other limited releases.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 23:54:45 | More by zaphodchak
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice, and long sipper, hefty on its sweet side.

Presentation: 750 ml brown capped oz bottle. Founders framing with a so-so illustration of the wife of the curmudgeon serving him maple syrup over some pancakes. It offers a short one-line description. Shows 11.9% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a snifter.

A - Clear deep amber brown pour, creamy thin head with moderate retention, fair surface memory and lacing.

S - Malty and sweet nose with vanilla/bourbon notes. Pleasing and compact…

T - It unfolds a bit more in the palate. The sweetness takes center/stage but it is not overwhelming. Caramel, syrup… Plenty of malt with fruity touches under a soft vanilla/oak/bourbon flow with a touch of spices leading back to the sweet sense.

M - Medium/full body, rather smooth, somewhat syrupy… but not cloying. Moderate carbonation with a soft tingle.

O - Nice sipper, maybe a touch too easy, the sweetness is not overwhelming and it flows almost without one's notice.

Notes: Not worth the hype. Don't take me wrong: I was glad to try this bottle, and I had it with pleasure. But this ain't that memorable (to me…) It is a bourbonesque Curmudgeon? A sweeter Backwoods's Bastard? Something like that for me, and that puts it on a high quality bracket. And I'd gladly repeat it, but just not under the sense of elitism that surrounded the arrival of these bottles.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 18:05:24 | More by Daniellobo
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mscudder

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed around 2 months back and documented. Poured into a pint glass.

A - A cloudy amber with a minute head. The lacing was superb.

S - Some sweet sugars came out of the nose, but rather bland overall.

T - Caramel and butterscotch dominate the initial taste. It is followed by a similar maple syrup taste to the CBS (which was a top 3 beer I have ever had the pleasure to consume). I must make note that I found the maple syrup to be a bit out of place here. It certainly adds to the beer and is enjoyable, but I cannot help but reflect on the greatness of the CBS.

M - A huge body on this one for an old ale. Thick and syrupy yet finishes crisp and clean. Excellent!

O - Unique brew that has the composition of a big stout that I found a bit out of place in an old ale. This is a fantastic beer, but I feel the style just does not permit such a bold body. That said, if one of these rare bottles is laying around in a local store/pub, give it a shot. It is truly one of the most unique beers I have ever had!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 04:01:14 | More by mscudder
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n2185

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear copper with a finger of off-white head that recedes into a thin layer with a little layer.

S: The aroma is dominated by vanilla and maple syrup. Bourbon, oak, and caramel also are present. There are also some slight flora citrus notes.

T: Maple dominates on the tongue, though it's not overwhelmingly sweet. Caramel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon are also present throughout. The finish has a slight alcohol burn.

M: Thick body with low carbonation, this beer is thick and sticky sweet, though not overly so.

O: A very good beer, overall. Lots of nice maple and bourbon characteristics in the nose and palate. It is a little on the sweet side, but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 00:09:53 | More by n2185
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JackieTH

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aye she's a big boned woman on the label, but she can cook up a hell of a nice stack of pancakes for the curmudgeon who's just returned to shore. Pours a hazy orange with tons of lacing. Malty, maple, bourbon barrel nose. Taste is maple syrup, creamery butter, buckwheat pancakes, vanilla, molasses, slightly sweet but this is perfectly balanced by hop. Thick, rich and creamy mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation. Absolutely fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 03:45:05 | More by JackieTH
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tewaris

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -31.6%
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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Holland

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear reddish brown color with a thin tan head that leaves a nice lacing covering half of the glass.

S: sweet malt, bourbon, vanilla, alcohol. The smells aren't in your face, but they're nice.

T: big malt character with sweetness, bourbon, brown sugar, wood, and a bit of an alcohol burn.

M: medium body, with a lot of alcohol making it seem thinner. Carbonation is right on for my liking at a medium level.

O: I drank this too warm. Would love to get another bottle down the road. Easily drinkable and delicious tasting.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 00:23:31 | More by Holland
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billab914

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into my Dogfish snifter. It poured brown orange in color with a thin, sticky lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The maple syrup bourbon barrels really stand out in the aroma for me. I get some bourbon, brown sugar and vanilla mixing with the maple syrup sweetness. The malty sweetness in the base beer comes out as well, but the maple and bourbon steal the show for me. There is a lot of sweetness to it, but the flavors are good enough to pull it off.

The taste also shows some very good bourbon and maple flavors to it. The bourbon is very smooth with more of the maple and brown sugar sweetness showing up up front, with oak and vanilla coming out towards the finish. The taste feels more balanced than the aroma did with some bitterness towards the finish really helping in that department. Everything really comes together well in it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being a little above average. Overall, I thought it was a very good beer. The bourbon and maple flavors were definitely the highlight and maybe even overshadowed the beer a little too much, but they were pretty great flavors. The flavors all really work together well. Really good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 21:53:43 | More by billab914
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half

LOOK: Medium brown color, good clarity, light tan foam.

SMELL: Amazing notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, malt, toffee and caramel upfront. The notes resonate in the glass.

TASTE: Malty and oaky, with a touch of maple but mostly just sweetness, smooth bourbon notes, vanilla and caramel. Really tasty stuff; rich and complex.

FEEL: Full bodied, smooth, low-medium carbonation.

OVERALL: A really great beer. Drink it first or last as it tends to overshadow others. The expressive barrel notes and most excellent base beer of Curmudgeon taste like they were always meant to be together.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 20:09:02 | More by Stinkypuss
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straight up declicous on draft at Mad Mex I'm in love with these beers from Founders on barrel aged whiskey and maple syrup. This one fantastic version of the beers that I don't care for fresh but damn aged on both bourbon and Maple syrup barrels there's nothing out there like this in the world. Appears a deep caramel amber body with creamy tan head forming thick in my chalice. Aroma has deep chocolate and candy coated whiskey barrel notes excellent stuff indeed...incredible complex caramel alcohol and whisky accents to make one incredible beer going on. Toffee is warming up with sweet caramel layers and whiskey oak tones even vanilla coming from the charred oaky notes...big vinous layer of fruits like plums, raisins, and other super saturated sugar content fruit additions. Amazing in the balance even though it's sweet it's not an overkill beer, I'm glad I've come across it during a PCBW even. Mouthfeel is way too smooth for the alcohol level this beer goes down incredibly easy without difficulty. Maple syrup adds a whole other complex layer to an already big and good beer profile, this beer comes off complex delicious and I want more.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 18:06:24 | More by WVbeergeek
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GameChicken

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer...really enjoyed it and had been looking for it for awhile.

A: burnt orange....

S: Maple, Bourbon, Vanilla....

T: Some bourbon on the nose with a nice maple/vanilla sweet finish...mild carbonation.

M: Good body with mild carbonation...not much carb needed with this beer. Good lacing on the glass despite minimal head.

O: Another great beer from Founders. Kind of reminds me of Backwoods Bastard, and that is a great thing. I wish they would make this in larger batches.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 22:27:01 | More by GameChicken
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claspada

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mcgwire756.

Pours a hazy bright ruby color with a small but frothy off white head that leaves some nice sticky solid lacing as the head recedes. I am really impressed with the sticky lacing; enticing to say the least.

The aromas begin with sweet, malt-forward notes scented of caramel candy, dark brown sugar and maple. Oak tannins and bourbon emerge more and more as it warms. Boozy spirit aromas continue to emerge and is eventually all I can discern.

The tastes follow the nose initially with sweet malt and maple notes starting off. Then I get the oak, vanilla and darker caramel candy flavor. Solid caramelized brown sugar maltiness and light cocoa is complemented but the underlying bourbon presence emerges more and more as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is definitely sweet but stays away from being cloying thanks to the oak/bourbon barrel aging which imparts a slight dryness into the finish.

Overall, this beer initially did not impress me and the aromas really never did, but as it warmed the flavor profile really came into its own and become really enjoyable. I have been very non-into overly bourbon strong beers, which I assumed this would be from the aroma, but the old ale style flavor profile highlighted by caramelized malts and maple sugar sweetness counteracts the brash bourbon and oak barrel highlights. Not sure if this is really an Old Ale per say (I don't think the base beer is a great example either, so that makes sense), but I am pleased by the drinkability and elegant flavor profile of this offering so early in its inception. Well worth seeking out and recommended for fans of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 01:42:52 | More by claspada
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a candy apple red hue. Produced a nice cap of tan froth. Decent retention. Good lacing. Tons of sediment floaties unfortunately.

(S)- A nice mellow-like rich maple, caramel, toffee, and fig profile. Very subtle dry oak.

(T)- Right off the bat, the rich maple, vanilla, and gingerbread-like malt flavors are really nice. Underneath that is the caramel/toffee/fig finish.

(M)- A nice smooth carbonation level. A really nice balance too. Too bad all the sediment showed up though. . . it is causing it to get really chewy and grainy; tons of bitterness as it warms. Well hidden ABV and a balanced richness.

(D)- Despite the sediment really throwing off the mouthfeel and some aspects of the taste and appearance, this is really quite nice. The maple really enhances this and created a nice twist from the usual Curmudgeon ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 22:17:52 | More by sweemzander
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Phelps

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to tobelerone for sending this one. Poured into a Russian River glass.

Lighter in color than I expected. A kinda-clear copper, with the shadows of objects visible on the other side. The head gets about half an inch tall and is a very light sand color. Some spotted lace on the sides of the glass. 4

Smells like a caramel apple. Lots of the sugary stuff, with maple and buttery oak as backup. Brown sugar and a hint of spicy hops.

Same deal in the flavor — it’s like a maple-drenched slice of red apple. Caramel, burnt sugar, apple, butter, vanilla, toffee, pretty big alcohol, toast. Smooth, sweet blend. Vanilla and booze carry into the finish.

Lightly carbonated, just a soft nudge. The medium-light body is a little more thin than I’d like. Alcohol is big in the flavor but doesn’t show up in the feel, and with 12 percent ABV, this is a major feat.

Curmudgeon’s Better Half paired absolutely perfectly with an apple tart provided by rickyn06. The cinnamon in the tart works crazily well with the maple in the beer. Brings out the toastiness as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 02:41:06 | More by Phelps
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jimmy82063

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First beer for my vacation!

A) Looking directly down in the glass this is a very nice amber brown with a thin head that quickly dissipates.

S) Bourbon, Maple and a bit of Vanilla

T) Bourbon is definitely up front, followed by the maple and molasses. Vanilla is also present. There is a nice spiciness as well.

M) Very smooth alchohol is very well hidden.

O) Great beer....wish I had another!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 18:09:15 | More by jimmy82063
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle courtesy of Centennial. Served slightly chilled from the refridgerator. Poured into my Kate the Great glass.

Appearance: Dark brown in color with some nice ruby highlights. Pours a one finger, creamy beige head with surprisingly good retention for the ABV. Recedes into a nice lacing around the edge.

Aroma: A surprisingly amount of maple, paired nicely with some bourbon upfront. I get a lot more maple here than I remember in CBS, but it doesn't strike me as cloying at all. The bourbon presents in notes of vanilla, caramel, coconut and molasses. Some nice figs and dark fruit notes as well. Really pleasant.

Taste: Maple and bourbon notes dominate again. I am not finding this that boozy at all. The 11.9% is really nicely hidden. All the vanilla, bourbon, caramel and coconut comes together and creates a nice profile. Some of the base beer is also present beneath. some nice dark fruits and figs tempered with a touch of medicinial hops. Again, not too sweet to be undrinkable at all. Really impressed by this.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Really smooth and a touch creamy. Really nice carbonation.

Overall, a really nice beer with great notes of maple and bourbon. A definite improvement on the original. Not a bad buy for the price point at all. I think this is drinking pretty well about now, even if there is a touch of booze in there. The maple is really nice and prominent at this point. I would definitely like to try this again with some time though.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 00:43:58 | More by Gosox8787
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour shared by cbanker at DarthKostrizer’s place.

Pours a clear dark orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and maybe some subtle maple aromas. Taste is pretty much the same along with an alcohol kick in the throat with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that I am glad I got to try but I think it’s pretty boozy at this point in time.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 04:50:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A- Pours a translucent brownish amber, slightly hazy. About a finger of off-white brownish head that dissipates fast.

S- Sweet maple syrup, booze (bourbon), smells almost exactly like maple whiskeys that I've had. Sweet sugary maple syrup definitely dominates the smell. Hint of oak.

T- Very sweet maple syrup with a little bit of vanilla. Very delicious almost like drinking maple candy, not too sweet though. Slight wood taste (oak).

M- Slightly syrupy, a little bit on the heavy side, but not too heavy. Smooth and very well balanced. Goes down very easy and alcohol is very hard to detect.

O- This was a fantastic beer, the taste was absolutely delicious. The maple syrup barrel definitely comes out in the beer with the wood and maple syrup taste. From what I remember, this beer had a little bit more of a maple syrup flavor and definitely more of a wood taste then the regular Curmudgeon. Definitely recommended if you can get your hands on some.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 01:19:43 | More by jaasen64
Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 872 ratings.