Curmudgeon - Bourbon Barrel-Aged | Founders Brewing Company

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4.24/5
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38 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by chrismattlin on 01-17-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,484
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
38
pDev:
9.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of cmukid87
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - On tap at Founders, the beer poured a copper color with a white head.

Smell - The nose was generally boozy and did not reveal much of the base beer.

Taste - The alcohol makes the first impression in copious amounts. At the back, I noticed vanilla and some oak notes. But "Better Half" this is not as it lacks the sweetness. Alcohol burn carries to the end.

Mouthfeel - The viscosity lets the alcohol burn sting a little longer.

Overall - I really wanted to like this one, but the burn of the alcohol overshadows what should be greatness.

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Photo of metacog42
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PStriedl
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Deep clear amber. Smells of strong oak, whiskey, caramel. Tastes of dark fruits, strong caramel sweetness, then the whiskey and oak kick in. Whiskey adds quite a kick. Long and drying oak flavor. Boozy bite in the back end. Heavy and pretty sweet. Very boozy. Excellent, but enormous.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jakea
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gtg642
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REVZEB
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Timc32
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sweemzander
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TangoJuliet
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of detroitpat
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Richter525
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the brewery.
L- Pours a dark, deep red with a thin, chunky, off-white head.
S- Very graimy and wonderful bpurbon smell. Also some rye.
T- Holy hell! This stuff is awesome. The bourbon burn is evident early, then turns to butter. Molasses, vanilla, oak chocilate, maple.
F- perfect bourbon burn.

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Photo of Prager62
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery on 03/10/17 served in a 12oz. snifter.

Look- A light brown with a slight amber hue and a centimeter of light tan foam. It quickly settles leaving a thin ring of foam and no lacing.

Smell- Bourbon, sweet caramel, vanilla, char, oak and fusel alcohol.

Taste- Bourbon, toffee, vanilla, oak and a hint of dark cherry in the finish.

Feel- Slick and easy to drink up front, but quickly turns hot from the 13% abv.

Overall- This is a complex sipper of a booze bomb. Each sip takes a different twist and flavor turn. A perfect heater on a cold day to say the least! I'd love to taste this with a year on it to see if the considerable alcohol heat dials down and opens up more flavor. This is definitely worth a try and something I'd love to see bottled down the line.

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Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lemmy187
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sparky44
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Curmudgeon - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 38 ratings