Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half | Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Curmudgeon's Better HalfFounders Curmudgeon's Better Half
BEER INFO

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

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.90%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by Jason on 01-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
979
Reviews:
237
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
10.93%
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Better Half, bottle bought at Whole Foods Chelsea in NYC for $15.99.

"Old Ale brewed with molasses and aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels"

Adorable-naive label, with the loving Curmudgeon's wife making an appearance (the man remains impassive and rather grouchy). I sense a divorce, or separate beds for the rest of their lives. Maybe this beer is just too sweet for the old fart?

Appearance: Served in my Lost Abbey snifter, my assertive pour produced a classic snow-capped one-finger head that dies rather soon, leaving only a mantle and serious lacing. Better Half looks like an old ale indeed (or a better barleywine), with a mysterious, slightly shiny amber color that almost begs to have one of those million-year-old flies encased inside.

Smell: Huh... scrambling to sniff *anything at all*. Alright, there is some cookie dough, banana bread, brown sugar and bourbon at the end. Crushed raisin and fruitiness. Suck on that sweeeet toffee! As it warms up, it becomes sweeter and more bourbony, with wood and cat-litter dust at the end.

Taste: If you love bourbon (and I do), you'll love this. Reminds me of drinking Evan Williams 2001. Booze, fire, tad of smoke. White chocolate, "tarta al whisky", rum-soaked bread, then cookies and more fire. SWEET AND HOT! Liquid caramel. At the end, I feel like I'm swimming in bourbon and sliding down a barrel. Can you say unbalanced?

Mouthfeel: A little thin for such a monster. It feels weak in the mouth, then goes down with intense dryness and outrageous heat plus a nice touch of bourbon.

Overall: This has got to be one of the sweetest, booziest, most unbalanced brews EVER. Didn't enjoy the Kaiser on tap, and this is no better. I love bourbon and sweet beers (hello CBS!) but this just ain't right.

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3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The bottle was chilled and served in a snifter.

A- The body of the beer is a a rusty amber coloration. The head is a creamy white coloration. A lot of sediment is noted in the bottom of my glass. This is some ugly looking shit.

S- The aroma of the beer has plenty of maple, carmelized bananas, peat and earthen notes. The aroma rounds out with vanilla and I swear I am getting rum.

T- This beers flavors are maple sweet, brown sugar a bit of peat and treaclely earthyness keeps the sweetness in check.

M- The body of the beer is medium with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is very sticky and a bit hot on the alcohol notes.

O- This beer is a bit on the sweet side. The peat and the earthyness of the beer somewhat conteract the sweetness. Frankly I think this beer needed a bit more time to sit in the bottle.

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Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half from Founders Brewing Company
4.3 out of 5 based on 979 ratings.
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