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RATINGS: 351   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
Old Ale brewed with molasses and aged in Maple Syrup Bourbon Barrels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
AdamChandler (3589) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Disappointing. The tasting group I was at agreed that it was just okay. This is surprising as most of the reviews contradict a group of 9 people who taste beers daily. Oh well. Poured into a tulip. Picked this up just last week at the local market.

A - Half a finger of very creamy head. The brew was deep tan with a healthy amount of sediment floating around.

S - Sweet bourbon was my first though. Think of a very watered down old fashioned. Wood notes were a combo of oak and maple. Of course maple syrup was coming through as well.

T - Wood, whiskey (specifically bourbon), maple but all of the flavors were muted. Very weak, bland and almost running away from my taste buds. Someone made a great beer and threw a gallon of sewer water in it.

M - 50/50 bubbles on a swish. Itís a very boozy beer and the linger is a very burned and roasted maple syrup taste. Trust me, I live in New Hampshire. I know burnt syrup.

O - Meh. I have another bottle of this and I need to give it away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Clear red orange beige cover vanilla aroma caramel sweet taste is nice bourbon vanilla oak sweet caramel

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Draught at TND: Sweet aroma of Bourbon, oak, malt, maple syrup, caramel, vanilla, light scotch, toffee, and a slight hint of alcohol. Poured deep amber/burnt sienna in color with a small, creamy, dense, off-white/tan head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Complex flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, Bourbon, vanilla, maple syrup, slight cola, light toffee, and a hint of bittering hops. Medium body. Viscous, sticky, then dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Medium sweet, slightly bitter, Bourbon, maple syrup, vanilla, cola, oak finish is dry and sticky. 11.2%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Pours a dark reddish brown with a small ring of bubbles. Huge aroma of maple syrup, butterscotch, oak, caramel and hints of mollases. Flavors are so complex. Layers of bourbon and maple. So smooth with no heat from the booze. A wonderful beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blackflag321 (565) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2012
750 ml bottle of 2012 Better Half. I have enjoyed the Old Curmudgeon this is based on. Poured with an interesting light copper color that the light that reminds me of themolasses and maple syrup associated with this beer. I have to admit that at first taste I was unsure if I had wasted $17. Then I remembered that I had that same first impression with OC (I had it too cold). I let it warm up, sipping it over the evening. By the time I finished the bottle, I was impressed. This beerís taste is unique. It is great...a nice change from all of the high ABV imperial stouts that are out there (and really great too).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattmc1973 (478) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Pours a clear copper color with almost no head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, maple, and a whiff of alcohol. Taste was a bit sweet, but not as sweet as Iíd heard it would be. Mouthfeel had moderate carbonation with a hot alcohol finish. Some time is needed to mellow this out. Still a very tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmschefke (571) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Pours a clear reddish copper with thin off-white head, no lacing. Aroma is obviously boozy, but deeper notes of bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, and maple. Flavor matches well and isnít as sweet as I was expecting (in a good way). If the booze settles some in this, it could be one hell of a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Pours a rich rusty reddish Brien with medium light brown head. Aroma is of bourbon, vanilla, light wood notes, light hops and sweet caramel malt. Taste is the same. No hints of syrup, but easy drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
burg326 (4668) - Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Poured a cloudy amber color from a bottle. Aromas of caramel, maple, booze, wood, and brown sugar. Favors of brown sugar, bourbon, oak, vanilla, maple, real smooth in my opinion didnít taste like an 11.9% listed above, I did have a hankering for some pancakes after I finished my glass. Outstanding beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mixmasterob (970) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Had on tap @ Leonís last night, just cracked a bottle for this review. Been looking forward to this for a long time, huge fan of the regular stuff. Hazy amber pour with just about no head. A bit darker than Curmudgeon but overall very similar in appearance. Aroma was hot and boozy. Getting past the booze, lots of caramel and maple sweetness, light notes of bourbon and wood. Flavors were a wonderful mix of sweet caramel, bourbon, maple syrup and toffee. Huge warming finish. Mouthfeel was incredibly smooth and decadent, oily, slick. Some time in the cellar with do this guy wonders. Maybe just a tad too boozy at the moment but overall this is another winner from Founders, no doubt.

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