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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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904 Ratings
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Ratings: 904
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 392
Gots: 374 | FT: 16
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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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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a crystal clear deep amber color with a one finger head of off white foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. The thick body of the brew is foreshadowed by swirling the brew in the glass, as one can see thick fingers of liquid clinging to the sides with them very slowly settling back to the bottom of the snifter.

Smell – A big caramel aroma is present in the nose with other sweet smells of vanilla and toffee. Some maple syrup and darker fruits aromas are present as well, upping the sweetness of the brews aroma. Along with the big sugary sweet smells comes along plenty of “hot” boozy smells with a strong bourbon and woody smell.

Taste – The taste begins just as the nose would have suggested; with a big sweet caramel flavor. Right from start there is also a maple syrup flavor as well as some bready tastes. Some darker fruit flavors of raisin and plum with some other roasted malt taste also quickly come to the tongue with the mix of flavors largely acting as a base for the brew. As the flavor advances from the initial, it gains a bit of butterinesss with the caramel transitioning to a toffee flavor to some extent. Boozy flavors of a rum like nature start coming to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste, starting out lighter, but by the end of the taste growing rather strong. Other flavors of a more woody and oaky nature really pick it up toward the end of the taste, and with a surge of the maple syrup and a light bourbon flavor joining the rum, one is left with a very warming and rather sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thicker and sticky with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are very nice for the sugary sweet (caramel, toffee, maple syrup) and boozy flavor of the brew and make for a very nice slow sipper.

Overall – A robustly sweet and very tasty beer indeed. Tons of sugary tastes with a moderate dose of booze present as well, but yet still managing to maintain a decent balance for the style.

05-08-2014 01:23:41 | More by Darkmagus82
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rchristensen

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

05-07-2014 15:09:03 | More by rchristensen
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kingston2

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.2%

05-07-2014 03:43:29 | More by kingston2
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

05-05-2014 14:15:33 | More by lunarbrew
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JWalterWeatherman

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

05-05-2014 04:03:39 | More by JWalterWeatherman
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Nolen12

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-29-2014 18:35:05 | More by Nolen12
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LanePerson

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

04-23-2014 00:31:18 | More by LanePerson
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-16-2014 02:24:52 | More by DrunkinYogi
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jkball01

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

04-15-2014 16:42:54 | More by jkball01
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jburns301

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-15-2014 15:40:46 | More by jburns301
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arlingtonjoe

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-14-2014 02:52:44 | More by arlingtonjoe
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

4.71/5  rDev +9.3%

Finally got my hands on this long time personal whale. Just did a side by side of a 1 year and fresh curmudgeon old ale so ready for this one too.

Appearance: a darkish ruby color. great clarity and not as darkened in color as the year old curmudgeon. great brightness when held up to the light. about a finger of a tannish head that fades quickly. I was surprised to see that much foam at all. quite a bit of sediment at the bottom, darkens and leaves some floaties.

Smell: very sweet, lots of various flavors. molasses, vanilla, maple, smaller hints of bourbon and oak. also dark fruits, plums and figs. extremely complex and dominated by the sweeter molasses and vanilla.

Taste: when i first opened this (at cellar temp) it was still too cold to get all the nuances, especially the maple, so enjoy this on the warm side. opens up similarly to the old curmudgeon, with some molasses and dark fruits. but opens up with vanilla and a strong maple syrup taste, really surprised to find it still so strong. lots of complexity in this, sometimes i get sweet and dark crystal malts, other times i get the adjunct and the products of the barrel. rarely do i get bourbon or alcohol.

Mouthfeel: heavy, creamy, very sticky and chewy. some alcohol bitterness but never astringent.

Overall: at first I was not impressed but as it warmed up and I caught the nuances of this beer I became very impressed. love the sweetness and maple flavors. I wish i got to taste this fresh but the flavors are still strong and there. Overall I'd rate this first followed by 1 year curmudgeon and then fresh. that said all are tasty and worth while. another great founders backstage beer

04-07-2014 01:30:35 | More by SportsandJorts
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Jjski

New York

4.28/5  rDev -0.7%

A sought after "whale" for me, obtained through a transaction involving an offshore bank which delivered a briefcase full of cash in $1 dollar bills.

It was consumed in my remote adirondack outpost, while the wood stove provided sufficient warmth to allow me to don a thin layer of thermal underwear

Presumably cellared properly by the previous owner in the Witness Protection Program

A- dark amber, two finger head. Particulate matter, which seems a bit soon for this vintage

S-alcohol, orange rind, figs, malty sticky sweetness

T-bourbon sweet malty, touch of leather , a candied orange wedge in her clenched teeth. Whip in hand.

M- smooth, evervescent, small burning on my palate as she forces me submit.

O- very good, but wish it was more. I probably missed the maple barrel taste and the brew has not reached historic status yet. Perhaps I should have waited, but as the Better Half's whip is not so gently applied to my m cerebral cortex, I give in. I had a well aged Curmudgeon that was probably equally good. Sometimes the search for a whale ends quietly.

03-30-2014 00:27:23 | More by Jjski
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-26-2014 17:27:31 | More by oriolesfan4
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-21-2014 11:42:16 | More by BuckTuckian
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%

The initial pour looked a deep brownish-red with awesome clarity. Topping the beer off added lots of chunky sediment and broken-up yeast cake and really clouded the beer. The head that collected is a half moon of coarse bubbles. They haven't popped yet.

I'm waiting for CBH to warm up, but I'm getting a starter waft of fresh fennel and dry caramel. As it slowly warms, one can pick up on maple, barrel wood, English malt, licorice root, milk chocolate, molasses, and faint whiskey. An aged old ale, in the nose, with featured notes of barrel complexity.

Firmly steeped in molasses (not without bitterness), maple, licorice, bourbon, light roastiness, figgy fruits, caramel brittle, date, fennel, herbal elixiry sweetness, and some bitterness in the tailend. Amazingly complex. I feel like this beer probably dried up a little, too, but I can't know for sure. Has a grand appeal. The fennel/licorice presence in the flavor is really intense. Almost as much dried fruit as there is caramel. Atypical ale. Nothing like I've ever had before.

Full-bodied with light tackiness on the lips. Soft carbonation. Nothing even close to 11.9% represented here. Mellowed beautifully.

I wasn't expecting this kind of flavor profile evolution. I assume this has strayed from what it was, which I would've greatly enjoyed. But, I still love what it has become. Adventurous beer that I purchased already aged. Too fun.

03-16-2014 15:54:44 | More by thecheapies
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tsauce2

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-15-2014 22:58:12 | More by tsauce2
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ereye

Michigan

5/5  rDev +16%

03-14-2014 00:29:56 | More by ereye
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Loco_Joe

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-09-2014 20:52:31 | More by Loco_Joe
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Blaze5445

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-02-2014 15:59:01 | More by Blaze5445
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-01-2014 01:40:13 | More by ThePorterSorter
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-12-2014 00:00:18 | More by ShemRahBoo
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Jordy777

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

02-09-2014 13:18:01 | More by Jordy777
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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13%

02-09-2014 05:06:55 | More by phishphorce
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -13%

01-26-2014 14:26:47 | More by thebigredone
Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half from Founders Brewing Company
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