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Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half - Founders Brewing Company

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913 Ratings
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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 400
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

pearljam118, Dec 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13%

ToddThompson, Dec 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

pisano, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of bound4er
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Cloudy, amber appearance with some noticeable floating pieces of gunk. Off white, fast breaking head.

S. Barrel influences of oak, vanilla, caramel, spice and pitted fruit. Very nice.

T. Potent stuff - oak, vanilla, caramel malt, alcohol - everything you'd expect from a barrel aged old ale. Finishes with a cherry infused, lingering bitterness.

M. Medium body with minimal carbonation. I would have liked a little more mouthfeel from this beer.

O. This is a strong effort from Founders though I am not a big fan of this style beer.

bound4er, Dec 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

cogitodp, Nov 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Troville1990, Nov 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Jaysmittyland, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

BColton1, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

bcrossan, Nov 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

rab53, Nov 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

MITCHELLMPLS, Nov 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Lare453, Nov 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

jarrgal, Nov 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

ChrisMon02, Nov 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

iatethecloudsfor, Oct 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

FrankHammer, Oct 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

bevoduz, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

kevwcamp, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

so much flavor in this beauty from founders, the reigning king of huge brews. this takes the best features of the old ale, the molasses, the warming quality, and the depth of the malt bill, and amplifies it enormously. the bourbon does its typical thing, charcoal and vanilla and sweet booze, predictable. what isn't predictable here is the maple aspect. no I may personally be extremely partial to anything maple, but what it does to this beer is divine, that thin distinctive sugary flavor that is so unique really melds with the molasses flavors of the old ale and the vanilla from the bourbon. it is hotly alcoholic though, which hurts it for me, I want to pound on this and I cant or I will fall asleep or worse. still, its nicely carbonated and feels lighter than it is. classic depth of flavor, especially the maple, it adds an entirely different vibe to what was already a very good beer. this needs to be copied by other brewers, there is a lesson to be learned from this. its a landmark beer really. I could see it aging longer and improving further too.

StonedTrippin, Oct 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

BAsbill, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of MusicaleMike
3.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful clear amber color, but with only a minimal, frothy peach colored head that dies away after a few minutes and leaves nothing but sporadic scars of lacing on the side of the glass. Appears a bit lifeless.

The aroma is a wonderful mix of sweet caramel, maple, vanilla, booze, fig pudding.

CBH washes over the palate with an ease not often seen in beers over 11% abv. This beer is a sweet mixture of caramel, maple, bourbon, and booze soaked vanilla beans. This is punctuated by a alcoholic maple-figgy-bourbon quality on the exhale and aftertaste. There is only a subtle lingering bitterness....almost zero hop presence here. Dominated by the malts.

Thick, lame carbonation, and a bit oily. No heat though, and for a beer that is 11.9% and somehow eliminates the burn of raw alcohol, I am impressed.

Founders does such an amazing job of integrating barrel-aging with thier beers and somehow not making it a hot mess. This is not the most successful, but I think it was completely enjoyable, and for sure I would want to drink this again.

MusicaleMike, Sep 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

drewone, Sep 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

BeerShoup, Sep 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16%

Jacob007, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

huddyball, Sep 14, 2013
Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 913 ratings.