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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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909 Ratings
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Ratings: 909
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 397
Gots: 376 | FT: 18
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%

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
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Kerrie, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of claaark13
4/5  rDev -7.2%

claaark13, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of Pinknuggets
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Pinknuggets, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of vthippie
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

vthippie, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of fredmugs
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

fredmugs, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of azdback
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

azdback, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of CB_Crowe
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

CB_Crowe, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Summer78
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Summer78, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of brendan4532
4/5  rDev -7.2%

brendan4532, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of JohnQVD
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with suspended solids and a razor thin head. Smells of bourbon, brown sugar and maple. Taste is bourbon heavy and sweet with mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium with light carbonation. Aftertaste is lingering bourbony bitterness.

This is a fantastic beer. The original is very good, and the bourbon aging just puts it over the top.

JohnQVD, Mar 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

kell50, Mar 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

rhoadester69, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of jsteele
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

jsteele, Mar 25, 2013
Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half from Founders Brewing Company
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