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Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 910
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 398
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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Photo of seanpackage
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

seanpackage, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of genuinedisciple
4.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Dark Amber, just beautiful.

S- Lots going on here, but I can't help but think that the alcohol smell overpowers it a bit, so you have to work through it to discover the variety of smells present (oak, syrup, vanilla, etc).

T- Amazing, one of the best beers I've ever had, and possibly the best old ale I've had. Interestingly enough, I feel like the alcohol is more pronounced in the smell than in the taste...I'll take it.

M- So full and thick. Typically, I find many old ales to be watery, but not this one.

Overall - You have to find it, get it, and enjoy it. If you don't enjoy "big" beers with amazing flavors, stay away. If you like them, well, find it immediately.

genuinedisciple, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of ConorThomas
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 750mL bottle of this at Lexington Beerworks in Lexington, KY. Poured into a snifter.

A- Dark amber with only slight hazing. Creamy head stays short.

S- In my opinion, the smell is the best part of this beer. Big molasses and maple, as well as sweet vanilla, sugar, and maybe slight caramel. Alcohol is slightly present as well.

T- Mostly sweet maple and molasses. There are a full array of flavors to compliment, most of which mirror those in the smell, making it quite full.

M- Full mouthfeel as well. Warming alcohol with maybe only a slight harsh tint.

O- Very delicious and worth a try, but it may be worth sharing with a few since it's a little pricey.

ConorThomas, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev -7.2%

sideshowe, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of ortie
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

ortie, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of cgrz
5/5  rDev +16%

cgrz, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of alalvarez75
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

alalvarez75, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Excited for this one no doubt!

A-Pours a crimson brownish color. Minimal head dies down. Off-white head. Leaves hundreds of lacing spots. Barely hazed.

S-Whoa! Smells awesome. Very powerful. A mix of maple syrup, oaky bourbon, sweet sugars. Alcohol is noticeable but adds depth. Lots of vanilla extract as well. Very aromatically sweet. I am a big fan of the nose. Excited to try.

T-The aging in maple syrup Bourbon barrels has done wonders. The maple syrup is delicious and the underlying Bourbon flavor is a perfect compliment to the intense overall sweetness of this brew. Heaps of molasses, and brown sugar. Vanilla extract and wood that just lingers forever. Great depth. Like a pancake dipped in bourbon then topped off with maple syrup.

M-Full bodied and syrupy like SYRUP of course. Carbonation is very mellow. Slick sugary feel. Alcohol dries me out a bit but that is expected with the ABV. Big fan of the huge body.

O/D-I loved this beer. Big, syrupy, sweet and deep. Oh so rich in flavor. I didn't get a chance to try CBS but this one makes me feel pretty lucky to be able to try. At $17 a 750 ml, it is pricey but anytime Founders does a beer like this you would be foolish not to try. Great beer!

VelvetExtract, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of HoneyLamb
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 750 mL bottle from Liquor Cabinet in St Joseph, Michigan. Beer was refrigerated for about 45 minutes prior to it being opened.

Medium hard pour resulted in three finger head in my pilsner glass. Good film cohesion. Color was golden/amber, but I thought it was going to be a little darker...no big deal, though.

No heavy aromas, but light maple syrup smell definitely comes through. Expected more alcohol smell, but that wasn't there.

Taste didn't match smell. And because of that weak smell, the high-gravity hit me harder than expected. This beer's flavors came through when it warmed in the glass. I almost gave this beer a 3.5 taste, but the maple and molasses really came through as the temperature approached room temps. The oak was always there (cold or warm).

HoneyLamb, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of tatums1984
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

tatums1984, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of GRDave
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

GRDave, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of todisht
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

todisht, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of OldCrumudgeon
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

OldCrumudgeon, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Mick83
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Mick83, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

warbear, Feb 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16%

brianlindman, Feb 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

bpfrush, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

sbricker, Feb 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16%

DaveONan, Feb 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16%

Jakers90, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of TheDudeRules
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Southampton fishbowl.

Toffee colored liquid. Holding it to the light it looks like a giant amber bulb. Creamy off white head. Dissipates pretty quickly. Lacing is nill.

Giant maple and toasted coconut nose. Divine. Vanilla. Faint alcohol. Bordering nail polish remover. Faint though.

Very thin in the mouth. Light to medium carbonation. Sweet. Caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Rounded out with some toasted coconut. Warming booze on the finish. I am drinking this on a completely empty stomach. It is warming my belly. The kids that huff glue for warmth should try this instead.

Very solid beer. Glad to have tried it.

TheDudeRules, Feb 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Captainren, Feb 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16%

Marti403, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Zaphog, Feb 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

monitorpop, Feb 13, 2012
Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 910 ratings.