Curmudgeon's Better Half | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Old ale aged in bourbon barrels previously used for Michigan maple syrup.

Formerly known as Kaiser Curmudgeon

Added by TCgoalie on 07-10-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#984
Reviews:
455
Ratings:
1,574
pDev:
10%
 
 
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Photo of ICTguy21
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChawieWowie
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional, boozey, smooth, caramel, nutty complexity. Founders has done it again!

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Photo of jtollefson
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Johncnh
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good maple, bourbon, and vanilla notes that are backed up by raisins, molasses, dates, and figs. Good sweetness balanced nicely by the bourbon and alcohol taste.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - 1-finger butterscotch head atop a translucent copper body.

S - caramel, molasses, syrup, booze.

T - follows the nose. Tastes like christmas cookies soaked in bourbon. Low bitterness. Moderate sweetness. Moderate booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - tasty, but would be even better in a year.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msumike89
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mynie
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottles of this were inexplicably cheap at my local bottle shop. I've had this on tap a couple times but never when I was in a state to do a review, so I snatched up a couple.

The pour is very lively for the ABV. Dark red, heavily effervescent with a nice, tight champagne head.

Smells like heavy malt, medium booze, and some clear syrup. Not as bold and sweet as a maple stout, but that makes for a more accessible aroma, imho.

Tastes incredibly smooth. No booze or bourbon burn whatsoever, which is nice. Vanilla DOMINATES throughout. This reminds me of the first time I had Bourbon County, in like 07 or whenever, when I likened it to the way imitation vanilla syrup smells (in a good way). Only this comes after an additional decade of my pallet being abused. Very impressive. After a few sips some complexities become noticeable. Vanilla up front, a very smooth old ale in the middle, and pecans and mild stout malt on the finish. The vanilla is still the defining characteristic, but there's plenty going on to keep everyone interested.

Frankly, I'm burned out on bourbon aged beer. Most of it isn't very good. I say we rush to usher in a syrup revolution. Let us grow rotund off the discarded fruit of the maple tree.

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Photo of hypnotoad1
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shantzak
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Almost perfect

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Photo of kemoarps
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Body a deep mahogany. Appropriately enough it's kind of the colour of amber/light maple syrup. Solid two fingers of soft off cream head with good retention and impressive lacing.

Nose is immediately creamy sweet... like the creamy sweetened butter you get at a decent breakfast spot to put on pancake or waffles or whatever. Letting it sit and digging in further gets past this initial light sweetness and yields more familiar notes of boozy raisins and some spicy bourbon. Concedes almost more grape/cognac type flavours as it warms.

Flavour is hot and sweet as love. Lead in again is a light creamy maple sweetness that gives way to alcohol burn. There's some green flavours of mash/green wood. Some mild tobacco/leather that emerges more as it warms. Finish is a return to that first impression of sweet and hot.
Moderate to thinner body with perky carbonation and a lot of alcohol heat. I think I'm going to hang onto the other three bottles from the four pack because this seems to me like a prime candidate for some mellowing with age to let everything come together and settle in a bit more.
Overall I thought it was well done (not a surprise given the brewery), but felt that it wasn't as smoothe nor as cohesive as I've come to expect from them.
I enjoyed it, but I don't think it lived up to the hype I had for it.

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Photo of GarrettBoots
3.72/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DarthVorador
3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zotzot
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schopenhauerale
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of greenspointexas
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well balanced but crazy sweet

Like a slightly smoother Sucaba

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Photo of nyrblue2
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deereless
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Radcpa
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fairly clear amber with an off white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a mild malt that is a little sweet. Taste is a malt with a strong alcohol taste. Six months worth of aging would help.

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Photo of EndureToConquer
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chad473
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I get mostly bourbon and vanilla on this one. Sticky and sweet from the maple syrup.

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Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 1,574 ratings