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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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896 Ratings
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Ratings: 896
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 382
Gots: 372 | FT: 16
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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yadehtsiyadot

Pennsylvania

4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This forest is immensely dense. Foilage brushes against my legs as I make my way inward. I am at peace in this place. Light from beyond gleams through the trees, enveloping every blade of grass and every loose stick.

"This way", I hear a voice from the distance. Following it, I come across a great old maple tree. "What do you wish of me?" I question. "Share what I create by drinking from me", the old tree replies.

Reaching into my boot, I extract my pocket knife. Gently impaling the bark of the living wood, I open a prosperous floodgate. Scents of bourbon and maple encompass the forest. Pouring from the puncture is a beautiful, brown liquid.

"What is this?", I ponder. Reading my thoughts, the great maple replies, "This is you". "But I am me", I argue. "How can this be?" The old tree continues, "You are everything. But you divide yourself. You cut yourself in half, then quarters, then eigths, sixteenths, etc...forgetting what you truly are".

Confused, I bend down and take a gulp of the nectar. Everything is understood. This is me. This is my Better Half.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 04:43:51 | More by yadehtsiyadot
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stevec32

New York

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

05-10-2013 00:20:15 | More by stevec32
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beernads

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

05-09-2013 05:45:49 | More by beernads
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -30.6%

05-08-2013 03:28:14 | More by tommyguz
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chrisp450

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

05-05-2013 14:55:16 | More by chrisp450
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

05-05-2013 00:31:58 | More by brandoman63
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dsaudio

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

05-01-2013 01:41:25 | More by dsaudio
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DStoked

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

04-29-2013 21:31:11 | More by DStoked
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Jiatlas

Indiana

5/5  rDev +15.7%

04-29-2013 20:32:01 | More by Jiatlas
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zachattack555

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.4%

04-28-2013 20:17:51 | More by zachattack555
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SaxmanRick

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +15.7%

04-26-2013 16:40:24 | More by SaxmanRick
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

04-26-2013 10:59:33 | More by skaboom420
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-26-2013 01:33:37 | More by randylangford
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mnphish

Minnesota

4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in MPLS at Pracna on Main on 4/25/13. Reviewed from fresh memory and a few notes.

It pours a very appealing caramel orange with little to no head, relatively hazy, just a very bright and warming hue.

It smells of tamed down bourbon and maple, followed by oak, vanilla, brown sugar, booze, and sweet dry fruit. Very inviting.

The taste follows nicely with a huge malt body, and sweet sugar fruits. The maple and bourbon aren't perhaps as big and dominating as i'd like, although it allows for more base beer flavor. Very impressive.

Medium body, light carbonation, massive oak, and light warming. Although the consensus is that this beer is on the downslope, I think it's drinking fantastic now and I bet it still tastes amazing in a few years.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2013 00:42:17 | More by mnphish
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10%

04-25-2013 23:13:35 | More by hollywood_15063
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LockeSD

New York

4/5  rDev -7.4%

04-25-2013 20:53:26 | More by LockeSD
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supa0525

Michigan

5/5  rDev +15.7%

04-21-2013 16:08:13 | More by supa0525
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swtchuck

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.4%

04-21-2013 15:25:15 | More by swtchuck
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scoot1969 for this. Tulip glass.

A: Barely a shimmer of tan colored head, leaving just a thin ring over a deep caramel body. Very good clarity, no lacing, and decent retention.

S: Dark fruit and spice, this smells like Christmas. Herbal, grassy honey, mint, caramel. Loads of syrupy molasses. A little alcohol burn. The barrel character is quite tame, but the nose exhibits excellent complexity.

T: Sweet, syrup-like molasses, vanilla, rich caramel, a bit of alcohol and bourbon, Andes candies, with a little hop bitterness on the finish. Lots of chocolate mint… interesting.

M: Full bodied, medium-light, soft carbonation.

O: The overriding flavor is very prominent vanilla-infused, minty syrup. Pretty unusual and good complexity, which makes this good slow sipper, but probably limits how much of this you could drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 05:31:07 | More by pmarlowe
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.4%

04-16-2013 18:58:51 | More by cadaugherty
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jpatton0127

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

04-14-2013 15:12:09 | More by jpatton0127
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Dyalango

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

04-13-2013 05:35:14 | More by Dyalango
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 3.29.13

A - Pours a dark carmel brown with a small light tan head with good retention.

S - Bourbon, maple, molasses. As advertised.

T - Rich carmel and toffee, then some licorice, bourbon and oak in the finish.

D - Heavier body with good carbonation.

O - Lots of bourbon and molasses make this a sweet carmel bourbon delight.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 03:23:38 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

04-11-2013 02:13:40 | More by Atomicskis5
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Kerrie

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

04-08-2013 23:48:49 | More by Kerrie
Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 896 ratings.