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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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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 395
Gots: 375 | FT: 17
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-11-2012 00:30:33 | More by normyk
Photo of Martybear


5/5  rDev +16%

03-10-2012 23:43:22 | More by Martybear
Photo of WillCarrera


4.38/5  rDev +1.6%

22 oz bottle, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a deep red color, topped with a finger of creamy tan head.

S- Caramel, toffee, maple syrup isn't as powerful as I expected but it's still definitely present, some bourbon.

T- A pretty nice blend of bourbon and sweet maple syrup, molasses and caramel. Both the sweetness and bourbon flavors are pretty aggressive, but not overly so, which is helped by the fact that the bourbon is relatively smooth and not very hot, while the maple syrup tastes like maple but isn't super sugary or cloying.

M- Full-bodied, moderate to low carbonation, smooth feel, nice amount of smooth warm alcohol.

O- A really nice old ale, the maple syrup and bourbon work very well together.

03-10-2012 06:34:26 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of SDDanC


4.83/5  rDev +12.1%

Very excited to try this. Poured from bottle, dark amber hue. Half finger of egg white head. Nose is full of rich molasses, booze and those classic old ale profiles. Sweet, sticky malts, but the maple/molasses definitely encapsulates the aroma. Taste is burn and maple up front followed by roasted barley and alcohol warmth. It finishes like a authentic waffle that crisped up a little too much. Slight butterscotch. This beer is so complex! Mouthfeel is perfect for this style. . . thick and sticky. Maple syrup coats the mouth thoroughly. Low carbonation. Overall, freaking incredible.

03-10-2012 06:20:20 | More by SDDanC
Photo of SpillyBeers


4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-10-2012 03:56:51 | More by SpillyBeers
Photo of Supergenious


4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-10-2012 00:08:25 | More by Supergenious
Photo of johnhenryconway

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-09-2012 08:44:15 | More by johnhenryconway
Photo of Vonerichs


4.38/5  rDev +1.6%

Opaque caramel colored body with a tan-off-white head.

Smells of butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, and light maple.

The maple bourbon barrels add multiple layers of vanilla, maple, and oak. Smooth butterscotch, caramel, and brown sugar add more depth. It's sweet, but not overly sweet. The maple is present, yet subtle.

The mouthfeel is amazingly smooth. It's slightly boozy from the barrels. Carbonation is low, but is a very good way.

This is a fantastic beer with depth, and very smooth.

03-09-2012 03:47:37 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of jera1350


4.73/5  rDev +9.7%

A whiskey colored body with lots of sediment stirring about. The head is tan and creamy with some nice sticky lacing.

Great nose of vanilla bean, oak, whiskey and caramelized sugars. Some maple syrup also.

Oh wow, the taste is so well blended. So much going on, but it is so mellow at the same time. Like it has been aged. Syrupy sugars, maple, dry oak, vanilla, warm whiskey and so on. So very complex, but not hot and in your face. Just awesome.

The body is actually quite light feeling. Very dry as well. For the flavor coming out you would think this would be a big heavy beer, but it is not.

I might actually like this better than CBS. It's like a better version of Backwoods Bastard if you can imagine. Great overall beer and I hope to have it again some day.

03-09-2012 02:21:30 | More by jera1350
Photo of Efeswasmy1st

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%

From friend Jeff from Bodega Brew Pub. Let it warm a bit. Poured into goblet. Aroma is banana, bourbon, malt. Appearance is medium amber with little head. Taste is banana, clove, anise, malt. Very tasty. Palate is easy, sweet, and long. Find a bottle, and a few friends and enjoy!

03-08-2012 00:11:23 | More by Efeswasmy1st
Photo of huskermike12


4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-07-2012 15:37:02 | More by huskermike12
Photo of Texasfan549


4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-07-2012 04:23:50 | More by Texasfan549
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-07-2012 03:52:23 | More by stbo101
Photo of smakawhat


4.45/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured from the bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter glass. Let's see how Kaiser here goes from his on tap version back in the day.

Nothing like Kaiser on tap. An absolutely gorgeous ruby crystal clear shimmering body, faint tan head falls leaving a whispering top and a tan collar. Spotted leopard like lacing, and faint legs of sheets. This body color is just like a gem it's beautiful.

Bouquet is mellow, soft, slight icing sugar, barleywine rich without the boozey character, mellow hops, subtle beef jerky, caramel, and faint maple syrup. I don't get the sense something really sweet is coming. This is like a real nice subdued and rich barleywine on the nose with a unique profile.

Taste bring a solid palate, bringing the nose notes nicely. Nothing overbearingly sweet, maple sugar comes in slowly, finish highlights this wonderfully. The bottle truly does manage the notion, it tastes like pancakes, pat of butter and hint of maple syrup. No sense of hot heat at all, not even warming in the stomach.

Overall, I am just shocked at how different this is in appearance and taste compared to Kaiser, it's not even the same thing, and out of the bottle it's real impressive. I was tempted to just trade this, but I am really glad I tried it. It's just great. Founders = magic in a barrel.

03-07-2012 00:05:07 | More by smakawhat
Photo of dtx00


4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-06-2012 22:46:22 | More by dtx00
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-06-2012 19:55:47 | More by Zeller12
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5/5  rDev +16%

03-06-2012 00:40:20 | More by hangar9
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-05-2012 10:09:54 | More by BrokenStones
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.9/5  rDev -9.5%

Appearance: Slightly hazed rust/copper. Head is minimal and drops to a small ring in short order. Some of the haze drops as the beer warms.

Smell: Faint hints of bourbon, earth, and vanilla. Some sweetness jumps out front. Sharp bite of booze with a faint dusting of citrusy hops. Musty. Nice touches of bready malts and caramel sweetness. Maple sneaks through the back.

Taste: Malts like whoa. Sweet with caramel and toffee tones. Bourbon is prevalent and adds a big helping of vanilla and oak. Nice heat from the alcohol. Maple is buried on the finish of the sip. Very clean syrup flavor. Less aggressive than expected. Earthy musty finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body that comes in a bit thinner than expected. Carbonation is also a bit higher than I would expect from the style. Barrel aging seems to have thinned the base beer a bit. Alcohol dries the sips out.

Overall: A nice take on the barrel aged beer. The old ale really takes the bourbon flavors and uses them well. Maybe some age would round out some of the rougher edges and provide a bit more complexity.

03-05-2012 03:16:30 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-05-2012 01:55:31 | More by mtrog313
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

03-05-2012 01:21:49 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of kawilliams81


4.23/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

03-03-2012 21:31:38 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of DCon


4.03/5  rDev -6.5%

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...

03-03-2012 19:52:29 | More by DCon
Photo of McNuts

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-03-2012 19:36:09 | More by McNuts
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-03-2012 05:16:15 | More by DarthGuitarHero
Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half from Founders Brewing Company
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