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RATINGS: 348   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
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Old Ale brewed with molasses and aged in Maple Syrup Bourbon Barrels.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6925) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Bottled as Curmudgeons Better Half. Great Label. Beer 3k! Looks deep chestnut, similar to the base brew. Great head for a bareled brew. Wonderful aroma of diverse malts, maple, bourbon, (vanilla and oak). Feel is smooth as expected (I’m a big fan of KBS and Backwoods Bastard which seem to use the same bourbon barrels). The flavor is just fantastic. The old ale, bourbon, and maple syrup, which I thought may be oversweet, blend together perfectly. Soooo stinkin delicious. The only "flaw" of this beer, and I’m really nitpicking here, is the 11.9% shows a little. Not too much, but a little less bozze and this is a 4.7 or higher. Glad I picked this beer for the "milestone". "

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5715) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - SEP 25, 2014
Botttle at the pre Borefts tasting, Den Haag. Poured a hazy medium brown with a reddish hue. The aroma is sweet malt resin hop. The flavour is strong bitter with a rich floral aniseed bitter palate. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (6856) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle shared at the Pre-Borefts Tasting. Pours hazy ber brown with particles and a small tan head. Aroma of caramel, wood, vinous aspects, floral notes, licorice, vanilla and malt. Flavour is light heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (6503) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
bottle shared @ Pre Borefts tasting Thin white head. Clear amber pour. Lovely complex smooth aftertaste. Lovely brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
As Better Half. Poured clear reddish brown with an off white ring. Aroma of sweet fudge, dark fruit, toasted caramel malt. Full body, flavour much as the aroma, bourbon sweetness and smoothness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosslew (317) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2014
Aroma of honey, syrup and dried fruit. Sweet on the tongue. Bitterness on the end. Can taste those oak barrels. Great beer. 9.8%. 2.7std drinks. From US. 355ml ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (4468) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle thanks to OKBeerFan! Pours hazy hazel brown, small beige head, dissipates quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, oak, very rich. Flavor is medium plus sweet, light bitter, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, oak, molasses. No real maple is left, unfortunately. A bit astringent and a bit hot, but not by any means overpowering as suggested in other reviews. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. Very nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (3638) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2014
Clear amber colour, white head. Aroma of maple syrup, malts, bourbon and vanilla. Rather sweet flavour, vanilla, malts, marmelade and syrup. Sweet vanilla finish. Interesting and nice, though I assume it would become a bit much when consuming a whole bottle.
(from 75cL bottle @ RBBWG III, Gent 2014. As Curmudgeon’s Better Half. Thanks for sharing, Trevorjk!!)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jamesthebrit (347) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Shit my rating got deleted. Not gonna go into full depth again Saved two years for special occasion. Thought was stout. Idiot for not reading bottle. Hay notes. Boozy. Good. Whisky. Not great. My wife and I got jobs in our field in the same city. Dat shiz is awesome. Hit me up in hotlanta .... We need more good beer down here. And more open minded people..... Yeah those things.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (1650) - Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Shared by a good friend for farewell. Near clear deep caramel amber. Small off-white head. Truly Unique aroma. Wonderful, complex flavor. Smooth sweet Bourbon. Vanilla. Maple syrup. Caramel Something fruity. Perhaps a touch of dark fruits, maybe some overripe or caramelized banana. Just a hint of spiciness still there in the shadows. Slick. Light syrupy. So smooth. Only a hit of alcohol. No heat. Sweet. Lighter bodied with a lovely light richness that glides over the palate. A real treat!


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