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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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world-class

893 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 893
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 384
Gots: 371 | 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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sfr26

New York

4/5  rDev -7.2%

12-14-2013 14:45:04 | More by sfr26
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kingston2

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -7.2%

02-26-2012 00:31:22 | More by karatebartender
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7.2%

08-26-2013 23:56:51 | More by hoppymcgee
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly translucent mahogany color, with a slight beige head. The aroma was definite oak, with some bourbon and sweetness. You can get some nutty syrup qualities, caramel and nuttiness. The taste is rather rich. Bit caramel notes, maple, oak, a tinge of bourbon, followed by a rather warming alcohol finish. It's a thick beer, almost chewy, full bodied and rich. It's definitely a chore somewhat.

I'm glad this was only a 12oz fliptop, otherwise, I don't know if I could commit to a whole 750 of this beast...

Serving type: growler

05-31-2012 23:29:39 | More by EgadBananas
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mdimeglio

New York

4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-01-2012 02:10:29 | More by mdimeglio
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.2%

06-03-2012 15:14:55 | More by vrbulldog22
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buschbeer

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.2%

10-29-2012 17:17:40 | More by buschbeer
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dyan sent this one. Thanks! I included this beer in a blind tasting where it was sampled alongside King Henry, Mother of All Storms, Sucaba, Arctic Devil and Karl Strauss 23rd Anniversary.

Better Half pours a light shade of amber, decidedly lighter than I'd expect for an old ale (whatever that means by today's brewing standards). The head is thin and recedes quickly. The nose is sugary sweet, heavy on caramel malt flavors. Pleasantly barrel forward, though not as maple syrupy heavy as I was expecting; bourbon seems more dominant. The palate is similar, showcasing sticky, sweet pale and caramel malt flavors that are backed by even more sweetness from the maple syrup bourbon barrel. As the nose implies, there's more bourbon than maple syrup here, though I do get a nice maple undertone. The body feels a bit thin to me, and the finish is more dry than expected, and slightly astringent. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, which is certainly impressive given the 11.9% ABV. Quite good overall, but not a total knock-out like CBS.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 22:14:46 | More by largadeer
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ejyoung

Arizona

4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-22-2013 19:51:27 | More by ejyoung
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DarthKostrizer

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-23-2012 23:37:23 | More by DarthKostrizer
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amp138

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -7.2%

07-27-2012 01:01:01 | More by amp138
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jen_not_jenn

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

04-06-2012 02:19:23 | More by jen_not_jenn
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Matagal

Brazil

4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-13-2013 20:02:15 | More by Matagal
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jarrgal

North Dakota

4/5  rDev -7.2%

11-04-2013 01:47:20 | More by jarrgal
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phingdong

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -7.2%

06-26-2012 16:39:36 | More by phingdong
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sukwonee

Washington

4/5  rDev -7.2%

07-22-2012 19:26:00 | More by sukwonee
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eyemustard

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-15-2013 15:31:09 | More by eyemustard
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Redglimmer


4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-18-2012 21:04:00 | More by Redglimmer
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rodkin

New York

4/5  rDev -7.2%

01-20-2013 06:46:18 | More by rodkin
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.2%

07-08-2013 01:29:47 | More by outoffocus
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timc13

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.2%

08-12-2013 21:03:18 | More by timc13
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AleApostle

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

10-24-2012 15:11:16 | More by AleApostle
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TheBierBoutique

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-24-2012 01:42:44 | More by TheBierBoutique
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dorianmarley

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is chestnut brown, with off-white head and nice lacing. There are visible carbonation bubbles similar to a soda.

Nose is a bunch of bourbon, burnt sugar, oak, vanilla, with a slight menthol.

Taste is initially alcohol, which blends into bourbon, buttery oak, vanilla, toasted marshmallow, and a bready aftertaste. I didn't get much of the maple syrup flavor, except for perhaps a faint, buttery sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a contrast of smoothness and medium carbonation.

Overall, I would like to be able to give it higher than a 4 for the $18 plus tax purchase price, and I suppose I could if I was more struck by the flavor. The flavors are bold. The alcohol is high. It is a beer that forces you to savor it. It is a memorable beer for sure; finely executed.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 01:03:23 | More by dorianmarley
Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 893 ratings.