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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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913 Ratings
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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 399
Gots: 375 | 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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4/5  rDev -7.2%

bsuedekum, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Andrew for sharing.

Pours a little white head. Color is an orange amber.

Aroma: lots of maple syrup and barrel flavors. Toffee, caramel, and lots of malts. A little mint. Bourbon and oak.

Taste: mimics the nose but there is a little less mint and more maple syrup. A little more sweet and malty. Nice barrel flavors.

Mouthfeel: warming and smooth. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sweet and syrupy.

Overall, a bit too sweet for me, but the flavors were good. The maple bourbon barrels were nice but they brought a mint flavor with it that I didn't like.

mothman, Jun 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

bacher468, Aug 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Brew33, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

jschott75, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

markrmoser, Oct 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

bootsdomino, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

LockeSD, Apr 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

deapokid, Apr 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

drummermattie02, Aug 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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

pgaveau, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

jlenik, Oct 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

ObeMaltKinobee, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of ChiPool
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Founder's snifter. Can't find a bottle date, but purchased back in February: consumed & reviewed 12/23/12.

I'm so accustomed to BA stouts, I forgot this was an old ale. I realized this upon the pour, as it is a medium amber color, with moderate carbonation & about a quarter-inch of cream colored head. It's cloudy: plenty of floaties present. The nose gives you no doubt about the bourbon presence: boozy, a touch of honey there as well. the booze is well blended on the palate, though: very little booziness there for a big boy like this. As this opens up, the molasses make itself more prominent. The bourbon & molasses pair well: not much there in bitterness at all. The mouthfeel is superb: just right. It gains a bit of density as it warms, but nicely balanced overall.

Nice change of pace for a BA option (old ale as opposed to a stout). My only complaint is that it is a touch heavy on the molasses. Make sure to have a friend when you open this...or hunker down!

ChiPool, Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

riemster, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

sennin, May 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

Shilt, Apr 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

djrn2, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

brendan4532, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

assman79, May 04, 2012
Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 913 ratings.