blackflag321 (643) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 beer’s 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).
mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 I’d 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.
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 isn’t 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.
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
burg326 (5384) - Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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 didn’t taste like an 11.9% listed above, I did have a hankering for some pancakes after I finished my glass. Outstanding beer overall.
mixmasterob (1054) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had on tap @ Leon’s 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.
cosmicevan (1) - New York, USA - FEB 20, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle picked up locally. pretty sure this was billed as Kaiser Curmudgeon at one point in time. i had that on tap at rattle n hum at a founder’s event and was blown away...here’s hoping this is it.
a - filled my cbs snifter. poured a ruby chestnut that was semi-transparent. nice frothy thick head that left big streaks of lacing on my swirled glass.
s - strong sweet maple syrup. brown sugar to the max. definitely has that same old curmudgeon crossed with backwoods that i picked up in the draft version, but way more maple. sweet potpouri.
t - wonderful sweet caramel brown sugar. the barrel and maple syrup really take the old ale on a wild ride. this is the treatment that was needed for this beer. really well blended. if anything, a bit sweet, but super palatable. dare i say that this might be better than BB4D.
m - extremely smooth and easy to drink for the intense booze and sweetness that you’d expect.
o - overall, this is amazing. founders does it again. this was the sleeper as kaiser curmudgeon and a treat. i had heard black biscuit would be next, but super pumped for this one. glad it fell a bit under the radar for these releases...at least wasn’t as crazy as CBS. a winner and a half. fantastic brew. as world class as BB4D...and the only old ale that should be mentioned in the same breathe.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Churchkey. Lighter than expected clear amber pour, minimal head. Nose and flavor are absolutely rife with maple, wood, molasses, caramel, and big booze presence. Lighter than expected, slightly oily mouthfeel. Good, but not amazing, and certainly nothing close to CBS (same barrel treatment).
bigtaster (901) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Snifter on tap. Pours hazy Golden yellow with red brown hues. Somewhat muted nose with lots of fruit. Very thick almost like syrup, very little carbonation. It it a big his of sweetness and complex flavors all over the board, fruit, grapes, apricot, lots of caramel. Another great beer.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is full of sweet maple syrup and bourbon notes that seem to get more syrupy as the beer warms. The appearance is amazing it ruby red color that has some brown in it. The taste is pretty spectacular also. It starts off with the flavor of curmudgeon on the tongue but the middle of the mouth is wear much more complexity from the barrel aging come in. The finish has a bit of alcohol on the tongue yet it is very well hidden for an 11.9% abv beer. Overall this beer is wonderful.