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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:
977
Reviews:
237
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
10.93%
 
 
Wants:
423
Gots:
356
For Trade:
13
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Ratings: 977 |  Reviews: 237
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is amber colored and mildly hazy with a small white head. The aroma is the best aspect of the beer, in my opinion. Oak, vanilla, maple, sugar, syrup, booze. The flavor is complex and well done, albeit too sweet. This seems like a beer that will age gracefully. Lots of oak, sweet maple, vanilla. Alcoholic warmth in the finish. A few ounces of this beer is plenty. I am looking forward to opening another one of these further on down the road.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear bourbon brown with a big very light tan head that fades to a big ring and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of caramel, toffee, honey, vanilla, and a hint of maple. Definitely smells sweet.

T: The taste is seriously sweet but oh so good. Starts with a big vanilla presence that transitions to caramel, honey, and toffee along with a slight hint of maple. The taste borders on cloying...it's pretty damn sweet.

M: The feel is medium bodied and creamy.

O: The sweetness of this beer kind of detracts from the overall enjoyment but not so much that I won't finish the whole thing. I really was looking forward to this and it didn't disappoint. I may or may not try to get another one for aging...we'll see how I feel about it at the end of the bottle.

And survey says...too sweet. I don't see how aging this would make it any better...in fact it may get even sweeter.

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Photo of danp14
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of SgunnarW
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Christov
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of schwee
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of founder26
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of baybum
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of nycwinter
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Exiled
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of assman79
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Ruger44
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Treebs
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared in line at DLD. Thanks to either khumbard or cpmichael! Served in a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with deep rosy hues in the body. There are a lot of floaties in this guy. No real head forms on the pour, just a thin film that recedes to tiny ring. It leaves some splotches behind.

S: Leather and tobacco mix nicely with some light oak and bourbon. Dark fruits, mainly dates and figs are also present with the slightest hint of maple.

T: The maple syrup really shows itself in the taste. It's very sweet, but it's balanced by the light bourbon and oak. Also some nice dark fruits and pale malts show themselves. Smalls hints of tobacco.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Sweet syrup finish that is a tad dry.

O: It was really sweet from the maple and the boubon took a back seat, but it was very good overall and the booze was very well hidden. I see this syndrom appearing with CBS as well where the bourbon isn't that present and the maple sort of takes over. Either way, both are great.

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Photo of howard12
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of lbriones5
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Aschap
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Jrbackon
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of zaphodchak
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thinnish offwhite head, tawny red-amber body, clear.

Nose has alcohol, bourbon, a bit of maple.

Body is smooth, rich-- much less bitter than draft, rich, dripping with almost buttery maple syrup. Magnificent rich body. Aftertaste is a bit burning, but not offensive.

Mouthfeel is impeccably smooth.

This rode the hype-coattails of CBS. It's good, and has the air of being a special/exclusive brew, if not as mind-blowing as some of the other limited releases.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice, and long sipper, hefty on its sweet side.

Presentation: 750 ml brown capped oz bottle. Founders framing with a so-so illustration of the wife of the curmudgeon serving him maple syrup over some pancakes. It offers a short one-line description. Shows 11.9% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a snifter.

A - Clear deep amber brown pour, creamy thin head with moderate retention, fair surface memory and lacing.

S - Malty and sweet nose with vanilla/bourbon notes. Pleasing and compact…

T - It unfolds a bit more in the palate. The sweetness takes center/stage but it is not overwhelming. Caramel, syrup… Plenty of malt with fruity touches under a soft vanilla/oak/bourbon flow with a touch of spices leading back to the sweet sense.

M - Medium/full body, rather smooth, somewhat syrupy… but not cloying. Moderate carbonation with a soft tingle.

O - Nice sipper, maybe a touch too easy, the sweetness is not overwhelming and it flows almost without one's notice.

Notes: Not worth the hype. Don't take me wrong: I was glad to try this bottle, and I had it with pleasure. But this ain't that memorable (to me…) It is a bourbonesque Curmudgeon? A sweeter Backwoods's Bastard? Something like that for me, and that puts it on a high quality bracket. And I'd gladly repeat it, but just not under the sense of elitism that surrounded the arrival of these bottles.

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Photo of mscudder
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed around 2 months back and documented. Poured into a pint glass.

A - A cloudy amber with a minute head. The lacing was superb.

S - Some sweet sugars came out of the nose, but rather bland overall.

T - Caramel and butterscotch dominate the initial taste. It is followed by a similar maple syrup taste to the CBS (which was a top 3 beer I have ever had the pleasure to consume). I must make note that I found the maple syrup to be a bit out of place here. It certainly adds to the beer and is enjoyable, but I cannot help but reflect on the greatness of the CBS.

M - A huge body on this one for an old ale. Thick and syrupy yet finishes crisp and clean. Excellent!

O - Unique brew that has the composition of a big stout that I found a bit out of place in an old ale. This is a fantastic beer, but I feel the style just does not permit such a bold body. That said, if one of these rare bottles is laying around in a local store/pub, give it a shot. It is truly one of the most unique beers I have ever had!

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Photo of NickyDee21
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of n2185
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear copper with a finger of off-white head that recedes into a thin layer with a little layer.

S: The aroma is dominated by vanilla and maple syrup. Bourbon, oak, and caramel also are present. There are also some slight flora citrus notes.

T: Maple dominates on the tongue, though it's not overwhelmingly sweet. Caramel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon are also present throughout. The finish has a slight alcohol burn.

M: Thick body with low carbonation, this beer is thick and sticky sweet, though not overly so.

O: A very good beer, overall. Lots of nice maple and bourbon characteristics in the nose and palate. It is a little on the sweet side, but not by much.

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Photo of sludgegnome
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JackieTH
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aye she's a big boned woman on the label, but she can cook up a hell of a nice stack of pancakes for the curmudgeon who's just returned to shore. Pours a hazy orange with tons of lacing. Malty, maple, bourbon barrel nose. Taste is maple syrup, creamery butter, buckwheat pancakes, vanilla, molasses, slightly sweet but this is perfectly balanced by hop. Thick, rich and creamy mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation. Absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4/5  rDev -7%

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