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Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half - Founders Brewing Company

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905 Ratings
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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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cgrz

Michigan

5/5  rDev +16%

02-16-2012 13:59:24 | More by cgrz
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alalvarez75

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-16-2012 04:10:59 | More by alalvarez75
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +5.6%

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!

02-16-2012 03:48:08 | More by VelvetExtract
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HoneyLamb

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -8.8%

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).

02-16-2012 02:44:41 | More by HoneyLamb
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tatums1984

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-16-2012 00:10:35 | More by tatums1984
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GRDave

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-15-2012 19:15:16 | More by GRDave
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todisht

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-15-2012 17:35:38 | More by todisht
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OldCrumudgeon

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-15-2012 13:46:42 | More by OldCrumudgeon
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Mick83

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-15-2012 05:10:18 | More by Mick83
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warbear

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-15-2012 03:42:55 | More by warbear
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brianlindman

Colorado

5/5  rDev +16%

02-15-2012 03:24:30 | More by brianlindman
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

02-15-2012 02:30:02 | More by bpfrush
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sbricker

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

02-15-2012 00:56:44 | More by sbricker
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DaveONan

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +16%

02-15-2012 00:27:40 | More by DaveONan
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Jakers90

Michigan

5/5  rDev +16%

02-14-2012 19:36:16 | More by Jakers90
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TheDudeRules

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

02-14-2012 01:50:04 | More by TheDudeRules
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Captainren

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.2%

02-14-2012 01:19:19 | More by Captainren
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Marti403

Michigan

5/5  rDev +16%

02-14-2012 00:44:39 | More by Marti403
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Zaphog

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-13-2012 22:48:46 | More by Zaphog
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monitorpop

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-13-2012 22:39:11 | More by monitorpop
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1noa

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-13-2012 21:42:54 | More by 1noa
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%

Sampled at EBF from keg.

Creamy small head, slightly hazy maple colored beer.

Nose sweet malts, brown sugar, molasses, light bourbon, barrel, vanilla, maple, raisin like fruits

Taste sweet! Raisin, brown sugar, maple, molasses, maple candy, hint of barrel and smoke even, vanilla, chewy malts, creamy, light booze, touch of bourbon, hint of esters, finish is a bit bitter and more booze, brown sugar and maple all linger for a while.

Mouth is rich full bodied, bit syrupy, decent carb, with some warming and almost tingly booze.

Overall delicious, but I think I remember the "Kaiser Carmudgeon" being a bit better, but that may have been my memory playing tricks on me.

02-13-2012 12:51:21 | More by jlindros
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

02-13-2012 07:24:25 | More by sliverX
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-07-2012 14:24:52 | More by nmann08
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WMEugene

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.2%

02-06-2012 23:02:50 | More by WMEugene
Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.