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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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Ratings: 921
Reviews: 230
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 404
Gots: 376 | 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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Photo of yadehtsiyadot
4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

yadehtsiyadot, May 12, 2013
Photo of stevec32
3.75/5  rDev -13%

stevec32, May 10, 2013
Photo of beernads
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

beernads, May 09, 2013
Photo of tommyguz
3/5  rDev -30.4%

tommyguz, May 08, 2013
Photo of chrisp450
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

chrisp450, May 05, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

brandoman63, May 05, 2013
Photo of dsaudio
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

dsaudio, May 01, 2013
Photo of DStoked
3.75/5  rDev -13%

DStoked, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Jiatlas
5/5  rDev +16%

Jiatlas, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of zachattack555
4/5  rDev -7.2%

zachattack555, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of SaxmanRick
5/5  rDev +16%

SaxmanRick, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of skaboom420
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

skaboom420, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of randylangford
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

randylangford, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of mnphish
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

mnphish, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of hollywood_15063
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

hollywood_15063, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of LockeSD
4/5  rDev -7.2%

LockeSD, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of supa0525
5/5  rDev +16%

supa0525, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of swtchuck
4/5  rDev -7.2%

swtchuck, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of pmarlowe
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

pmarlowe, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev -7.2%

cadaugherty, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of jpatton0127
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

jpatton0127, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Dyalango
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Dyalango, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Atomicskis5
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Atomicskis5, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Kerrie
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Kerrie, Apr 09, 2013
Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 921 ratings.