Founders Kaiser Curmudgeon | Founders Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rebranded as Curmudgeon's Better Half.

Added by TCgoalie on 07-10-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of boomer31
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 8-22 & re-reviewed 8-27 on tap at Founders Brew pub - taken from notes

A - Copper and transparent with a tiny white head. Had Curmudgeon about a year ago and I thought it was a darker color than this version...could be wrong as I didn't review that beer.

S - Sweet maple and bourbon, some oak and vanilla. Had this and my wife had the Apple Bourbon Cream Ale. This had so much more oak than the Cream Ale but the maple really comes through.

T - An explosion of sweet maple bourbon and caramel flavor. No alcohol here as the sweetness hides the burn well. If you like sweet/bourbon/caramel this is a must try.

M - Beautiful low carb, sticky sweet and creamy.

D - Again this hides the alcohol and the sweetness really keeps you coming back though I'd be careful...11% will catch up to you.

Overall this was the beer of my MI trip. I had it on day one and we took a detour to try it again. I love bourbon and sweet maple so this was a homerun!

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Photo of zoso1967
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my good friend TCgoalie for being the guide on my first trip to Founders Tap Room!

Served up a slightly red amber with no head, but a ring of white foam that clings to the glass and leaves poor lace. Aroma is pretty hot with the bourbon front and center. It is sweet and sugary with some earthy tones, maple and perhaps a whisper of vanilla. The maple is much more preset in the flavor, and it tastes wonderful. The delicious maple and bourbon dominate the palate, making me wish I had tried normal Curmudgeon so that I would have a better starting point. The malt profile is very caramely with a slight toffee/toasty character. It seems quite sweet, but this works very well with the maple flavors. This beer is medium bodied with a crazy good finish. It is so clean and balanced, leaving yummy tastes in its wake. This is a sipper, and not maybe something I would drink all the time, but it is super interesting and I really dig it.

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Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Brandy Snifter at Founders.

Served with 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a bright ruby hued amber red.

Aroma: Maple, warm bourbon, and oak. Dark fruits. Raisins, plums, and bananas. Caramel and toffee malt.

Taste: Much more of a maple base here. The maple shows much more than the CBS I had later in the night. Has the bourbon and oak flavors right after the maple hits. Then shortly after is the vanilla and toffee. Also get some raisin and plum flavors with green apples.

Mouthfeel: Warm, creamy, and a bit boozy. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends warm with the barrel aging notes showing.

Overall, a solid old ale. The maple barrels really add an incredible layer to this already complex beer. Very solid. A bit slow drinking, but that isn't bothering me.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Curmudgeon poured a dark amber color, with a small head that didnt stay with the beer too long. It had a very malty smell to it, that wasnt too strong. It had a very strong and malty taste to it. It had a very strong flavor to it as well. It was a bit difficult to drink due to the heavyness, of it and the ABV didnt help. Overall however a fantastic beer, a poster child for the old ale style.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.49/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the brewpub. Apparently another in the line of Founders beers aged in maple barrels, I was glad for the opportunity.

The beer was a deep red color, merging into rust, with almost no head. The aroma is STRONG, alcoholic strong but that's to be expected from the base beer. The maple adds a sweetness to the nose, along with maybe some vanilla but that could be my imagination.

It tastes abrasively strong to me, overly sweet but with a bitter bite in the aftertaste. Noticeable ethanol too, very strong and not a chugger. I enjoyed sipping out the non-alcoholic flavors but otherwise found this almost a chore to finish.

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Photo of Shumista
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side by side with the original curmudgeon at the brewery. notes from about a week ago.

Pours amber very little off white head, definitely a darker look than the curmudgeon. Oak, maple, vanilla, and brown sugar in those. The aroma is deeper and richer than the curmudgeon which actually smells bright compared to its barrel aged brother. The flavor is again deeper and richer than the original. The maple dominates with oak and vanilla there too. There is a crisp hoppy note in the original that is totally absent in the kaiser. Mouthfeel continues to follow this trend, the kaiser is thicker and more syrupy than old c. I didn't think it was possible to make old curmudgeon seem "light" in any capacity but with the kaiser as a reference point that's definitely what happens. All in all I prefer the kaiser. Its richer and mellower with a lot more going on. I'm starting to think I want to see a maple barrel version of every beer founders makes.

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Photo of liquidcraft
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had this side by side with a regular curmudgeon. Scents of vanilla, oak and brown sugar in the kaiser. Stickier, sweeter and softer than the curmudgeon, the kaiser seems like more of a fireside beer. Any sharpness that could have been attributed to the original curmudgeon has mellowed out. This would be wonderful after a day of being out in the cold, but its still pretty damn good on a summer night.

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Photo of Bung
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10.8 ABV according to the chalk board.
Thankfully someone else added this, I was a bit lazy. Had over the week of the 4th.

An orange/amber pour with nearly no cream colored head.

Aroma was a bit subdued for some reason, light caramel/toffee oak and heat.

Taste is more expressive. Solid malt and toffee, more maple and oak in this than the standard, replacing the hop presence pretty much. Still very good and quite subtle. Grew on me as it warmed.

The abv and slight warmth makes this a bit of a sipper, though it was not hard to drink on an unusually warm Wednesday night.

Have to love the subtle brewing experiments these guys do rather than the weird/extreame others prefer.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 6/30/10

Stopped in and saw this new brew on the menu, so I had to get it.

Poured into a large snifter, it is a ruby red hue with a touch of brown to it. Not much head or lacing.

There is a pleasant blend of whiskey and maple in the nose. A hint of vanilla helps create a smooth sensation to my sniffer.

The taste is much more mellow than the standard curmudgeon. Brown sugar and mellow maple flavors blend perfectly with the whiskey backing.

There is not a lot of carbonation which helps create such a smooth drink. This is definitely full bodied with some drying in the aftertaste.

This is a sipper, but the complexity makes for great drinkability. I keep sipping trying to pick out the nuances. Founders' Maple Barrels are magical!

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