Aging Curmudgeon's Better Half

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by DIM, Sep 16, 2018.

  1. DIM

    DIM Poo-Bah (2,361) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Anyone have experience aging this? I had the first from my pack last night and I thought the maple syrup was overpowering and unpleasant, specifically at the finish. The only time I had CBS was from the original batch years ago. My review noted how subtle the maple was. Maybe the lack of coffee and the sweeter base beer explains how differently I perceived the maple.

    Anyway, can anyone say if the maple will fade over time? Should I give them away or stash them for later? Thanks in advance.
    #1 DIM, Sep 16, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2018
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  2. CaptainHate

    CaptainHate Zealot (501) Apr 22, 2006 Ohio

    It's been my experience that aging helps balance out some excesses, particularly sweetness, and bring them more in line with everything else, so I'd say go for it.
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  3. BenHoppy

    BenHoppy Zealot (521) Nov 15, 2017 Michigan

    I felt same way about Better Half and also am aging my other 3. Way I see it I didn't like it fresh so hopefully with some age I will enjoy it as that has been my experience with other beers I didn't care for fresh.
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  4. cmukid87

    cmukid87 Aspirant (268) Jan 30, 2017 Michigan

    Beware....the original release of Curmudgeons Better Half had a significant amount of reports that aging it developed off, "minty" flavors.

    It may depend on what your definition of age means. These reports were after a couple years of aging.
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  5. Dan411

    Dan411 Initiate (88) Mar 20, 2017 Missouri

    I haven't had this particular beer in question yet, but I can tell you I put a bottle of CBS away to save for my birthday in May, and a good deal of the maple sweetness had faded compared to the one I had fresh.
  6. BenHoppy

    BenHoppy Zealot (521) Nov 15, 2017 Michigan

    I agree CBS doesn't age well but Better Half is not CBS and maple fading a bit will more than likely benefit Better Half. CBS is perfect fresh so why age it?
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  7. dprice

    dprice Initiate (121) Feb 24, 2014 Delaware

    I thought it was very sweet and could use some age.
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  8. CoreyC

    CoreyC Initiate (194) Mar 16, 2015 Wisconsin

    No experience aging it, but I am going to try for the same reason. The maple was too much, so I'm going to try the other three at 6 month increments.
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  9. youradhere

    youradhere Zealot (516) Feb 29, 2008 Washington

    I will say aging it will make it different from what it is now- but a lot depends on the ingredients causing the displeasing flavor for you, as well as fate in the aging process. Meaning- an older beer would be drier, and if actual maple sugars are causing the displeasing flavor, that could help smooth it out. Case and point- Southern Tier Creme Brûlée- I would find it too much fresh, a year on a 22oz bottle was good for it, but it was still sweet- just less. 3 years on it? Not so good, kind of a dry, faded version of itself.
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  10. Zaphog

    Zaphog Poo-Bah (2,294) Sep 23, 2011 Michigan

    In my experience, none of Founders maple syrup bourbon barrel aged beers age well. They all develop a minty/black licorice flavor that I don't care for.
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  11. MoreBeer4me

    MoreBeer4me Aspirant (277) Aug 25, 2014 New Jersey

    The 20 bottles I have won't make it long enough to experience the aging effects or non effects.
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  12. CaptainHate

    CaptainHate Zealot (501) Apr 22, 2006 Ohio

    I thought it was borderline unpossible but this is too sweet for me; not drain pour level but more than I was expecting. Definitely aging the other 3.
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